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Meadowbank redevelopment plans submitted

Words: Laura Edgar
Meadowbank regeneration / Collective Architecture

The masterplan for the regeneration of the Meadowbank suburb in Edinburgh have been lodged with City of Edinburgh Council.

The council is leading the redevelopment, and plans are likely to be considered by the development management sub-committee this summer.

The scheme, adjoining the new Meadowbank sports centre, proposes 600 modern, low-carbon, energy-efficient homes with a minimum of 35 per cent designated as affordable. A GP surgery also features alongside a range of other community facilities.

The masterplan is aimed at delivering a low-vehicle, sustainable development that “pays tribute to the site’s sporting and industrial heritage”, according to the council. Pedestrian and active travel modes have been prioritised.

This approach has involved a substantial programme of public engagement since June 2018, including 15 events and workshops and 680 consultation responses. This initiative – together with the independently chaired Meadowbank Sounding Board, which has met six times – has enabled local residents, community representatives, elected members and council officers to shape the plans in partnership.

Kate Campbell, housing, homelessness and fair work convener, said: “A huge amount of work has gone into producing this masterplan for Meadowbank. We’ve been listening to the local community throughout the process and I'd like to thank everyone for helping to shape these designs. I’m confident that this plan reflects their priorities and needs.

“We’re proposing that over a third of the homes we build at Meadowbank will be affordable, with most of those for social rent. To support our ambition to be a carbon-neutral city by 2030, we’re also going to create great public spaces for children to play and people to meet, walk and cycle through. We’re prioritising people over cars and keeping parking to a minimum as well as building high-quality, energy-efficient homes.”

More information on the Meadowbank regeneration can be found on the City of Edinburgh Council website.

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