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Edinburgh LDP enters the final straight

Words: Roger Milne

Edinburgh’s local development plan (LDP) is inching closer to being formally adopted.

The City of Edinburgh Council has received feedback from reporters appointed by the administration on a number of unresolved issues raised by individuals and organisations seeking changes to the strategy.

The council has been told the plan should not be modified to include further housing land release at a strategic level and that all identified housing sites in the proposed plan should be retained.

However, a limited number of additional housing allocations have been identified at Edmonstone, the Wisp, North of Lang Loan, Gilmerton Station Road and Ravelrig Road in Balerno, all of which already have planning permission following appeals to the government.

The reporters have recommended that the LDP should be reviewed to ensure that a continuing five-year housing supply is achievable.

Planning committee convenor Ian Perry said: "This report is generally supportive of our proposals.

"One of the key issues for Edinburgh is a shortage of housing and I am pleased that, while there is short-term pressure on supply, the report states that overall there is sufficient land to deliver the housing the city needs.

"The council will work closely with landowners and developers to identify ways in which building programmes can be accelerated to address this short-term issue."

The planning committee will consider the report on 5 September, before its formal adoption by the council by the end of the year. Proposals for major development at green belt locations on the outskirts of the city remain highly contentious.

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