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Old August 17th, 2014, 01:14 PM   #1
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Edinburgh Waterfront

Received this yesterday.
Looks like the Council & Forth Ports have put aside their differences regarding the harbour and development areas then thrashed out a plan.

Also hearing some strange rumour of a Cruise Ship terminal at Newhaven of all places.. (Where would all the busses and people go?)


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Edinburgh Waterfront



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Edinburgh Waterfront is a redevelopment of parts of Edinburgh along the shores of the Firth of Forth in Leith and Granton. There are three main landowners: Arcus (formerly Forth Ports), National Grid plc and City of Edinburgh Council. Since the area was masterplanned in the early 2000s it has undergone significant change with approximately 1400 new homes in the Granton area and 900 in Leith, 41,000 square metres (440,000 sq ft) of retail development at Ocean Terminal, new food retail stores at both Leith and Granton, the new Telford College at Granton, and approximately 16,000 square metres (170,000 sq ft) of commercial office space.

Decontamination has also been carried out across Edinburgh Waterfront and land reclaimed at Western Harbour for future delivery of housing. A new road, Waterfront Avenue, has been constructed at Granton along with a 110 acres (45 ha) public park as part of National Grid’s Forthquarter development.

Following the recession of 2008 a new Area Development Framework has been prepared by the planning authority reflecting a flexible approach to future development. Some of the existing business uses including Leith Docks will continue for the foreseeable future providing much needed employment in the area. The Waterfront will provide a mix of uses and already houses the Scottish Government Office at Victoria Quay. Leith will be the location of the first projects in the UK to be funded by Tax Incremental Finance; the use of future non-domestic rateable income to finance capital projects.

Tourism remains an important sector in the local economy with the Royal Yacht Britannia attracting 500,000 visitors each year and a new waterside promenade already started which will link the river Almond at Cramond to the Esk at Joppa allowing access to 18 kilometres of walkway/cycleway.

Principal Development Areas

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ForthQuarter
Granton | Mixed-use development

110 acres

2,000 homes
55,750 sq m of office and retail space
£70 million 33,000 sq m college campus

Status: Under construction - approximately 800 homes built





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Granton Harbour
Granton | New urban quarter

80 acres

3400 homes
10,000 sq m of retail space
7,000 sq m commercial space
120-room hotel
Marina

Status: Under construction - approximately 300 homes built





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Granton Central Development Area & North Shore
Granton | Mixed-use development

85 acres

3,000 homes
184,000 sq m of office space
35,000 sq m of cultural space
16,300 sq m of leisure space
3,200 sq m of light industrial space

Status: Under construction - approximately 300 homes built





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Western Harbour
Newhaven | New urban quarter

90 acres

3,000 homes
37,000 sq m of commercial and retail space

Status: Under construction - approximately 1000 homes built





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The Harbour: Leith Docks
Leith | Mixed-use development

130 acres

2 'urban villages' – Britannia Quay and Waterfront Plaza

1,870 new homes
162 serviced apartments
5 hotels totalling 65,000 sq m (1,100 rooms)
100,000 sq m of office space
30,000 sq m of retail space
10,500 sq m of leisure and cultural space
Deep water cruise liner terminal & HMY Britannia visitor centre
Marina

Status: On hold





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Abandoned Proposal - Leith Docks: Forthside





The scheme would have seen the entire regeneration of Leith Docks, with the creation of nine 'urban villages', comprising 18,000 homes and over 1m sq ft of commercial space. The project was masterplanned by RMJM.

Plans for development on the northern and eastern docks have now been abandoned - though proposals for two of the 'urban villages' remain (see The Harbour: Leith Docks above) - instead the land will remain for industrial use, with the docks serving as a support and construction base for the off-shore renewable energy industry.
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Water chiefs ordered to end ‘Seafield stench’

Edinburgh Evening News - 26th August, 2014

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Water chiefs have been ordered to bring an end to the notorious “Seafield stench”.

Councillors have demanded that Scottish Water invests in an “engineering solution” to the chronically smelly waste treatment plant.

Residents blasted “third-world technology” at the site, claiming that sewage plants across Europe had covered tanks as standard, while Seafield’s remain open.

City councillors were today set to approve a report demanding further investment to solve the odour problem during a meeting of the environment committee. The report also calls on council officials to examine whether the plant is breaching planning rules by allowing smells to escape, and has ordered the first-ever air testing at the border of the treatment plant.

Robert Kirkwood, of the Leith Links Residents’ Association, compared a policy of using wind direction to decide when to clean the tanks with “Russian roulette”.

He said: “During the cleaning of these tanks, when the wind changes, we’ve been engulfed in clouds of hydrogen sulfide for four to five hours.

“We’ve always argued that is not an engineering solution to a very significant problem in the community, but Scottish Water has persisted with this ‘Russian roulette’ procedure.

“This report requests an engineering solution and that’s a significant step for us. Scottish Water are being told that they’ve got to come up with a solution that works.”

Mr Kirkwood added: “We’ve got a third-world sewage treatment plant in one of the most prestigious cities in Europe, and it regularly stinks up the whole of Edinburgh with the smell of excrement.”

Environment convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said it was now time for Scottish Water to act.

She said: “Scottish Water need to tell us what the alternatives are, whether it’s reducing the number of tanks, changing the way they clean them, or some other mechanism.

“The number of complaints have gone down, but it’s still not at the level that the community wants.”

A Scottish Water spokesman said: “A £20 million odour improvement plan was completed in the summer of 2011, as well as a multi-million project to construct a new inlet works and replace coarse and fine screens.

“A new facility is also being constructed within the site to process sludge, helping to generate renewable energy and result in fewer lorry movements in and out of the works.”
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Plans to transform Leith Docks into a 21st Century Port revealed

STV Edinburgh - 15th October, 2014

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Secret blueprints for Leith Docks reveal big changes ahead for the port.

The plans, obtained by Freedom of Information request from Scottish Enterprise, show the extent of the work that needs to be done to transform the privately owned port.

They show that large areas of land need to be reclaimed from the sea in order for larger ships to be able to berth.

If the plans ever go ahead, the proposals estimate the investment could create 1181 new jobs, in addition to the 800-strong existing workforce at the docks.

But officials, who have already spent £2.5m of tax-payer cash to draw up a new blueprint for the docks, have admitted that the transformation of the port has 'not progressed as quickly as first anticipated.'


The new berth for large ships


The proposals focus around the creation of a huge new tidal berth so that large modern cruise liners and ships suitable for servicing giant offshore wind turbines can load and unload at Leith.

The area hatched in green indicates where the new berth for larger ships will be built. It will allow large ships to berth, unrestricted by the narrow lock gates that currently prevents them from entering the existing docks.

However, the plans acknowledge that moves to extend the port will affect residents of the newer flats on Western Harbour.

Explaining the impact if the plans become reality, researchers conclude: "The noise during operations is considered to be potentially significant at the north eastern end of the Western Harbour Development closest to the proposed development.

"This is primarily due to noise from berthed vessels, both their power generators and noise from shipboard cranes loading/unloading."


Demolishing listed buildings


As part of the plans, the B-Listed Imperial Grain Silo could be demolished.

It once played a central role in the docks as grain was once the port's main import. Now it lies unused, although the building still dominates views of the docks.

And 4.9 hectares of the historic Edinburgh Dock, which is also listed, could be filled in, in a bid to create more space for commercial buildings.


Dredging the Firth of Forth


In order to reclaim all this land, the blueprints show that rock and gravel would be dredged up from the 'Middle Bank' in the Firth of Forth, from the areas shown in the map above.


But where is the private cash?

It is hoped that this work will unlock investment from offshore wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa, who are already have an option to build a factory on the site.

But to date, private investment from the Spanish firm, and indeed from the site owners Forth Ports, has not been forthcoming despite the millions invested so far under the banner of the National Renewables Infrastructure Plan.

Local councillors have previously blamed the hold-up of Leith Docks investment on 'Westminster dithering' over the price the government will be willing to guarantee for offshore wind power.

After the release of the secret plans last week, a joint statement released by Scottish Enterprise, Forth Ports Ltd and Edinburgh City Council admitted that progress has been slow, even though the Scottish Government has given planning consent for the development of a huge offshore wind farm in the North Sea, between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay.

The statement said: “Since the publication of the National Renewables Infrastructure Plan (NRIP) in 2010 we, along with range of partners and port operators across Scotland, have continued to drive forward and accelerate infrastructure development at key sites to ensure we’re fully prepared to exploit the upcoming offshore wind opportunities.

“Leith has the potential to support offshore wind developments, however, it is widely recognised that the industry has not progressed as quickly as first anticipated. Whilst there are a number of projects in development which could utilise Leith, market conditions mean these will develop over a longer period of time.

“However, we are continuing to progress consents and work up detailed proposals for a range of port infrastructure enhancements at ports across Scotland, including Leith.

“The Port of Leith remains a vibrant and busy port bringing skilled employment opportunities and significant economic benefit and it continues to be in a strong position to accommodate offshore renewable energy operations in line as the sector develops.

“Leith is growing and supporting a number of key industries in Scotland, in particular North Sea oil and gas, agriculture, construction projects and the cruise liner industry.

"As these industries involve shipping goods as close as possible to their point of consumption or use, the port is also supporting the lowering of carbon emissions. Within this overall framework, we will also work to continue to support emerging industries such as renewables using Leith’s infrastructure, skills base and expertise.”


The £2.5m blueprints

Scottish Enterprise have supplied redacted documents to STV as part of a Freedom of Information request.

1 - The draft Development Framework sets out some of the key elements of the new plans for the docks.
2 - The non-technical Environmental Statement sets out some of the key environmental impacts that the proposals could have.
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Should be interesting what residents have to say to this seeing they bought into the area thinking it was to be totally residential.

The Harbour allowed the property to be built that close and allowed more to be approved even closer to entrance so they now have to live with the consequences of that. Small tugs are audible even from the furthest WHD development (Platinum Point) so on the grounds of sound I can't see any resident allowing development of land closer to the properties.

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The council needs to seriously consider forcing the hand of Forth Ports - with the backing of The Scottish Government - to get it to at least tidy up the current terminal area. It's turned into a bit of a disgrace of an area. Surprising considering the fact that its the first port of call for tourists and the council tends to bend over backwards for that particular group.
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Old October 19th, 2014, 01:39 PM   #7
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I hope that if this goes ahead the tram link to Newhaven is revived. If not there is going to be serious gridlock on Leith Walk and other roads in the area.
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400 affordable new homes plan

Edinburgh Evening News - 7th November, 2014

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Hundreds of affordable homes will be built on vacant sites across the Capital including the Waterfront and former school campuses.

The £50 million project means the size of the city’s 21st Century Homes scheme – currently building 1400 private and affordable properties at six locations in Edinburgh – is set to increase by more than a quarter.

Craigmillar is among the areas earmarked for a swathe of new affordable properties although development sites have not been formally confirmed.

Development at the Waterfront is long overdue after plans to create 30,000 properties were shelved in the wake of the credit crunch and the 
decision to abandon the tram line to Leith.

It is thought the house-building project will be completed within the next five years and will help to reduce the pressure on the housing stock.

Currently, there are more than 130 applications for every council house that becomes available.

At least 700 jobs will be created with several Lothian firms *benefiting from lucrative building contracts.

Housing leader Cllr Cammy Day said the project would not only create hundreds of jobs but bring around £85 million to the Edinburgh economy. And he said the move would help “regenerate the Waterfront”.

“We need to build around 1600 affordable homes a year to meet demand and for every council house there are more than 100 bids,” he said.

If approved, the homes would be funded through a range of options, including rental income, borrowed capital and Scottish Government grant funding.

Cllr Day said he was *confident the works would help revitalise large areas of north Edinburgh, as well as districts across the Capital.

“There are a number of sites where we’re looking to expand 21st Century Homes – within the next year we will hopefully have Sighthill on site,” he 
said.

“This is to find room for *another 400 homes on brownfield sites – there is space in Craigmillar, land in the Waterfront area, and on old school sites.

“One of the main sites on the Waterfront was put up for sale and there were four bids, and we think we can *complement that.

“It will help regenerate the Waterfront.”

He added: “If there’s an opportunity for us to help regenerate the north then we will but that is just one part of the city.

“It’s brilliant to have another 400 homes added to address the housing shortage across the city.”

Housing campaigners have hailed the boost as an important step towards ensuring all the city’s residents have good access to affordable homes.

Betty Stevenson, convener of Edinburgh Tenants Federation, said: “It’s very welcome because of the severe shortage of housing throughout the city.”
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They have started ground works on the development at Newhaven Place/Sandpiper Road.
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Don't get too excited by the following headline (as I did!). "Positive responses" from government is a long way from a City Deal being awarded, still, good to know it is being pursued. Interesting that aside from talk of "new transport infrastructure" for the Waterfront, there's no specific mention of the tram... Not sure what to make of that.

Leith Docks deal will mean £1bn boost

Edinburgh Evening News - 20th November, 2014

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A major revamp of Leith Docks, new waterfront developments and upgrades to city’s cycle network are among the investments mooted if Edinburgh scoops a £1 billion funding jackpot.

Hopes of securing a “City Deal” to bankroll a range of major new projects across the Capital have received a boost after two MPs raised the prospect in the House of Commons.

It comes months after Glasgow formally signed an agreement UK and Scottish Governments to bring in £1.3bn of extra investment. The scheme will see Westminster and Holyrood give £500m each in additional grant funding to the city and its surrounding areas.

Now, two Edinburgh politicians – Labour’s Mark Lazarowicz and Liberal Democrat Mike Crockart – have asked Edinburgh might win extra finance on the same basis and “positive responses” are said to be coming from government.

Mr Lazarowicz said a City Deal for Edinburgh could be used for the redevelopment of Leith docks, completing the upgrading of the waterfront area, new transport infrastructure and training for the long-term unemployed.

He said: “We urgently need to invest in infrastructure to create the basis for sustainable economic growth and in skills training to make sure that people can take opportunities that investment presents. Leith Docks would be an ideal place to start here in Edinburgh – redevelopment proposals have been delayed, and there are unfinished environmental upgrades along many places in the waterfront.

“City deals elsewhere have also brought in new funding for transport infrastructure, and Edinburgh and the wider Lothians clearly need investment in that.

“A big boost in cycling facilities could be part of such a bid as well.”

Mike Crockart, MP for Edinburgh West, said a City Deal could include establishing an infrastructure fund to support improved transport access to Edinburgh Airport via rail and road; investment in the International Business Gateway development site; and supporting further growth in the thriving business start-up sector.

Edinburgh is discussing the terms of a City Deal proposal with other local authorities in East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Fife and the Borders, council leader Andrew Burns said.

He insisted it was too early to focus on what the cash might be used for but insisted Cabinet Office Minister Greg Clark’s comments in parliament had been “constructive”.

And he added: “We are getting very positive initial responses from government level.”
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As mentioned earlier. Ground works have started on this rather tall development down at Western harbour:

14/01150/AMC | Erection of 96 residential units. | Land 30 Metres North West Of 2 Goosander Place Edinburgh
https://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov...tion=firstPage


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I used to live nearby. Received a letter from one of the residents in the Barratts block. They were trying to get a campaign going against the build. Clearly got nowhere, given the fact that building such a development would be welcome news for everyone, except a handful of people who might not have such wide open views.
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It does seem to block the view, block light and cause privacy issues for some residents there. However it was always part of the master plan for elevations that high, however the council did say they didn't want massing/density like the flats further down Western Harbour.. Some might say this building is the similar for the size of plot. It will be directly behind the old Harbour & buildings which some may not be pleased about having a 9 to 10 story building roofed in modern Zinc directly behind it...

Have a look at the objections made on the application..

Seems I screwed up the original link so here it is:
https://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov...=N2ZSZMEWKCM00

Certainly doesn't bother me or the people where I live, I only have to drive past it and anything that makes trams more likely and brings "critical mass" closer to allow FP/CEC to build the Western Harbour Park I'm all for it.
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Gotta love Edinburgh's developments. World class
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Has the Edinburgh Waterfront development company changed it's name or something? Will anyone here be going to this as i'll be in Englandshire till late on Wednesday.
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The person complaining because its too tall? I'm not sure how it would lose tourists? there is nothing there? as for the design i too think its a bit 1970s sight hill for my likings. but the way i want to see it, if we develop in western harbour it means we don't have to develop in the centre. It is like a new new town. Turn the old mill into a museum and we're done
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wait wait wait. why would you buy a house next to a brown field site if you like your sunlight?
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Has the Edinburgh Waterfront development company changed it's name or something? Will anyone here be going to this as i'll be in Englandshire till late on Wednesday.
Here's some info from Wardie Bay on Facebook who attended the public exhibition. More supersized photos if you follow the link.

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Tonight was the public display of the proposed masterplan for Granton Harbour, hosted at Granton Youth Centre - something which will have major implications for traffic on the surrounding streets and beyond. The last masterplan that was submitted to the council was withdrawn at the last minute when its rejection was recommended by council officials, and in the face of massive opposition.

There are no plans online, so attached are some photos of the proposals. Here is a summary of what is planned:

A "unique" coastal community
1,500 new homes (with at least one parking space for each one)
An international-standard five-star marina and Spa Hotel with 113 bedrooms and a restaurant/bar seating 125 plus a coffee shop
A health spa with indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi etc etc
Conference facilities
A marina and boatyard with 400 berths
30,000 sq metres of retail, leisure and business space
"Best of Scotland" indoor market
Fashion outlet mall
A food court and restaurants
Covered walkway to and from car parking
Masses of parking - at least one for every new home, plus ample more around the shops and restaurants
........ and a multi-storey car park for good measure

And a tram line and stop
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1500 new homes and a 124 bedroom hotel planned at Granton Harbour

Greener Leith - 6th December, 2014

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A revised draft masterplan for Granton Harbour was revealed to locals at a consultation meeting this week.

As we’ve not been sent the consultation materials in electronic form we’re grateful to the members of the Wardie Bay Facebook Page who shared photos from the consultation meeting that illustrate the proposals.

The plans include 1500 new homes, a 124 bed hotel and spa and 30,000 sq metres of commercial space.


Building heights range from 2 to 10 storeys high with the taller blocks generally located towards the north end of the harbour.

This latest draft masterplan sees the number of homes proposed for the site halved. The last plan that was tabled – but withdrawn before planners could throw it out – proposed 1703 homes, which in itself was a reduction on an earlier plan again that would have seen 3396 homes built on the site.

As well as the hotel and new homes, the retail element of the proposals are said to include a “Best of Scotland” indoor market, a fashion outlet mall, a “food court” and restaurants.

And although the developer seems to be able to promote details like the inclusion of free wi-fi at the harbour to attract sea-faring visitors to the site at this stage in the development process, there was apparently no mention of the key active travel links that must be included in this development if it’s to work for its new residents, visitors and integrate into the surrounding community.

Indeed, one Wardie Bay resident who attended the exhibition noted that the plans appeared to include a vast amount of car parking – one space for every household, plus a multi-storey car park for good measure, and the developers also haven’t given up on the tram making it to Granton either.

Looks like it might be time to brush down the comments we submitted to planners on the last proposals.
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