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Location: Pitsligo Road, Morningside
Value: ?
Developer: Telereal Trillium
Architect: Michael Laird Architects
Current Status: Approved

57 Flats
24 Townhouses

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Current Site- Former Woodcroft Telephone Exchange (1958-60)


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11/01386/FUL | Demolition of existing buildings + erection of residential development comprising 81 units (apartments + townhouses) access, parking, landscaping works + other associated development. | 2 Pitsligo Road (Former Woodcroft Telephone Exchange) Edinburgh EH10 4RY
 

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Contractor named for £42m housing Muirhouse scheme

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.c...ed-for-42m-housing-muirhouse-scheme-1-3059319

One of Scotland's largest housing projects has taken a major step forward after a contractor was appointed to spearhead construction of 700 new homes in Muirhouse.
The building work is expected to transform the fortunes of the dilapidated district after almost 595 properties were demolished over the last six years, prompting residents to brand it a “ghost town”.
With the dispersal of the population, many traders have been forced to close and its commercial heart at Muirhouse Shopping Centre is home to a swathe of 
boarded-up shops.
Economy chiefs are today expected to give the green light to the 
£42 million development, which will create 356 council homes from 715 new properties under the direction of contractor Urban Union Ltd.
Work on the ambitious project could start next year and is likely to last around nine years.
Councillor Cammy Day, the city’s vice convener of housing, said the investment and building programme would “breathe new life” into the run-down area.
He said: “If you think of the representation of Muirhouse in the film Trainspotting there are people running through the streets and shooting up and things, but that’s just not Muirhouse now and 1000 new homes will bring a complete change.
“It’s a massive regeneration of a site that has been barren for around five years.
“Pennywell has needed this injection of decent housing for many years.”
Cllr Day said the new 
energy-efficient homes would be cheap to heat and a class above the “damp-stricken” properties levelled by the 
bulldozers.
“I think these homes are the other side of the world compared to the last, although they still could have been lived in for a good few years to come.
“But they were really difficult to get up to housing quality standards without huge 
investment.
“The new homes will be efficient with a modern boiler that will decrease your energy costs. Muirhouse has one of the highest rates of fuel poverty in the city.”
Around 36 apprenticeships and 24 new entrant construction positions are expected to be created by the project that will also sustain 500 jobs.
A report by Mark Turley, director of services for communities, said: “Pennywell is the largest housing project in the 21st Century Homes programme and one of the largest housing led regeneration projects in Scotland.”
Hundreds of homes were demolished in 2007 to clear a site for the replacement Craigroyston Community High School, while two years later hundreds more were bulldozed – with no new houses yet built.
As part of the council’s 21st Century Homes programme, a masterplan was completed in consultation with residents.
Info on the masterplan for the 21st Century Homes for Edinburgh on the CEC website here.

Pics from a gallery on the scheme here.



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13/01954/PPP | Renewal of Planning Permission in Principle (refs 10/01273/PPP + 12/00357/PPP) for development of affordable hosusing + housing for sale with associated landscape + public realm. | Regeneration Masterplan Pennywell Muirhouse Pennywell Road Edinburgh
 

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Location: Albert Dock (Ocean Drive), Leith
Value: ?
Developer: Cala Homes
Architect: EMA Architecture + Design
Current Status: Pending Decision

32 Townhouses
9 Flats (Affordable homes)
Retains public access to dockside







12/03959/FUL | Residential development of 32 townhouses and 9 flats including associated roads and landscaping (as amended). | Land 40 Metres North West Of 2 Ocean Drive Edinburgh
 

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Location: Lochend Butterfly (South), Lochend
Value: £35m
Developer: Places for People Ltd.
Architect: EMA Architecture + Design, Smith Scott Mullan Associates
Current Status: Pending Decision

209 Units (approx 60% colony housing, 40% flats)










12/03574/FUL | Residential development of colony housing and flats including roads, landscaping and pedestrian connections (as amended) | Land 137 Metres South Of 52 Albion Road Edinburgh
 

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Location: Albert Dock (Ocean Drive), Leith
Cost: ?
Developer: Cala Homes
Architect: EMA Architecture + Design
Current Status: Pending Decision

32 Townhouses
9 Flats (Affordable homes)
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12/03959/FUL | Residential development of 32 townhouses and 9 flats including associated roads and landscaping (as amended). | Land 40 Metres North West Of 2 Ocean Drive Edinburgh
I know the trams won't be going to Leith any time soon, but it's still a shame that those new plans are such a modest density when it's right next to one of the proposed stops.

The previous 10-story hotel and flats proposal was a pre-recession pipe dream for sure, but there's still large residential developments going on at the waterfront so I don't know why this - of all sites - has been scaled back so much.

 

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I know the trams won't be going to Leith any time soon, but it's still a shame that those new plans are such a modest density when it's right next to one of the proposed stops.

The previous 10-story hotel and flats proposal was a pre-recession pipe dream for sure, but there's still large residential developments going on at the waterfront so I don't know why this - of all sites - has been scaled back so much.

It is a bit surprising since the previous scheme had been approved. There was also supposed to be Forth Ports "Pier One", a commercial 10-storey tower, beside this plot. Not sure if that development is stalled or scrapped.

Not wanting to get this thread off topic, but I also think trams will be running through Leith sooner than some folk think.
 

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Eco village aims to float buyers’ boat

Scotland on Sunday - 15th September, 2013



It is an environmentally friendly vision of city living more often associated with the picturesque canals of Holland.

Now new proposals to create Scotland’s first floating “eco” village have been unveiled, with estate agents anticipating huge interest.

SRT EcoBuild intends to 
create the first homes on the waterways of Leith with one and two-bedroom properties in the Commercial Quay area of Edinburgh.

Energy would be generated by solar panels on the roof of each module, and heat by air-source heat pumps. Mooring connections with the shore will be minimal.

London has already seen a substantial rise in demand 
for houseboats in sought-after areas such as Chelsea and 
Maida Vale, while there are 60,000 floating homes in the Netherlands.

City planners in Edinburgh are currently determining whether the floating homes would need planning permission.

If so, the firm said it hopes to have the first unit, which would serve as its office and showroom, berthed by the end of this year.

If the homes are required to go through the planning process, SRT hopes to build them by early next year.

SRT EcoBuild managing director Tom King told Scotland on Sunday that the estimated £95,000 asking price – costs 
are kept low by not having to purchase land – is expected to lead to significant interest.

First-time buyers and downsizers are likely to be among 
the key purchasers, property 
experts said.

Properties are around 10 metres long and 5 metres wide, although King said the firm has looked at building 20 metres by 6 metres properties.

Rather than being built on site, the properties are 
constructed in factories, and SRT said it is already in negotiations with several fabricators.

King, a chartered surveyor whose firm has been nominated for several design awards, said he expects huge interest.

He said: “Our vision is to create low-carbon, energy-
efficient homes on either land or on water, and in the waterways of Leith we believe we have found one of the most 
attractive sites for our project.

“Development in Leith and north Edinburgh has stalled over the past few years and we now intend to bring highly 
desirable city living to this area once again.”

King said the low purchase price at a time when the 
property market is recovering is expected to be a source of great interest.

He said: “If you consider that a two-bedroom property in Edinburgh would typically cost £150,000-£200,000, and what you would get for that, then we believe we are offering a very attractive deal to buyers. I certainly intend to live in the first home and I’m sure others will be keen to as well.”

King said the simple construction process would minimise disruption in what is already a bustling commercial district following regeneration since the late 1990s.

SRT EcoBuild’s plans follow proposals in 2011 for a floating leisure village in Glasgow by developers Floating Concepts in the Prince’s Dock area of Govan, and the redevelopment of the Liverpool Marina, which hosts 350 berths and a revitalised local economy.

The Netherlands has seen the most interest in floating homes. They typically sell for around £120,000 for a two-bedroom unit.

Property companies said they expect the low-energy 
aspect, along with the sought-after area, will make the properties an attractive prospect for buyers.

Kirsten Stuart, from Strutt & Parker, said: “With electricity and gas prices looking as though they will continue to rise, eco houses are set to 
become of real relevance to buyers and much less of a niche market.

“A decade ago, solar panels and sustainability were rarely mentioned in sales pitches, whereas we now even have a resources and energy department here at Strutt & Parker.

“The floating houses will, I imagine, be good value as no land purchase is necessary. And it is a great way to expand the housing market in the city where spare ground is in short supply.

“They could be very cool. 
In London, houseboats are 
extremely popular, not only because they are a cheaper way to live, but as a lifestyle choice for people such as 
Richard Branson, Imogen Stubbs and Keira Knightly, who have all resided on one at some point.”

SRT EcoBuild Floating Concepts promotional film:

 

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Extra 8000 Edinburgh homes set to go on green belt

Edinburgh Evening News - 27th September, 2013

All of the almost 8000 extra homes which have to be built in Edinburgh under new government targets are likely to end up on green-belt land, the city council has conceded.

The local authority is consigned to going back to the drawing board to find fresh sites for housing, with the latest requirement to build about 30,000 homes in the Capital by 2024.

The council had been due to submit its Local Development Plan [LDP], which had already set aside large chunks of green-belt land in west and south-east Edinburgh for residential development, to government ministers in December.

However, city planning convener Councillor Ian Perry said a new request for Edinburgh to provide thousands more homes to meet the overall target of 107,500 new-builds for south-east Scotland had set the council’s plans back by a year.

Strict guidelines require the authority to look for sites in the city’s west and south-eastern suburbs first for housing development before allowing building to occur anywhere else. Cllr Perry said that while all brownfield sites would be reconsidered, it was likely that green-belt land would need to be carved up to deliver the entire shortfall in homes.

Asked whether he expected the extra homes to end up on the green belt, Cllr Perry said: “Yes. We don’t know how many brownfield sites we can find. We need to consult with local communities to see if we can get agreement on where to develop.”

Homes needed to meet the government’s ambitious targets were meant to have been built from as early as 2009.

Cllr Perry pointed his finger at the government’s handling of the process, saying delays caused by the revised targets had left the council with even less time to deliver the housing required.

He said: “From the local authority’s point of view, this is clearly not helpful. The planning process is not functioning properly.”

The potential new green-belt sites to be reclassified for development will not be known until June next year at the earliest.

Fresh locations will be on top of undeveloped land at Maybury and Cammo in Edinburgh’s west, near the airport, where up to 2000 homes are expected to be built.

The council has already faced strong opposition to those plans. More than 2200 submissions have been made in response to the original LDP.
 

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Location: Ferry Road
Developer: Link
Architect: CDA Architects
Current Status: Approved

201 flats (28 flats for social rent, 87 flats for mid-market rent, 46 flats for low-cost home ownership and 40 flats for private sale)





13/00604/FUL | New residential development comprising 7 apartment buildings and associated car parking. | Land To The Rear Of 500 Ferry Road Edinburgh

The proposal to build this development on the site of Spartans FC former pitch and an area of woodland had been fought vociferously by many local residents.
 

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Harbourside Development in Leith taking shape

Edinburgh Reporter - 14th October, 2013



CALA Homes is moving forward with an exciting waterside development, Albert Dock at Ocean Drive in Leith, Edinburgh.

Work is now underway on 31 spacious three and four bedroom townhouses located close to Leith’s popular Shore area and the Ocean Terminal shopping centre.

The development has been carefully designed to be in keeping with the surrounding area, creating a genuine sense of community. Public access to the dockside has been retained, and each home will have a private decking space and car-parking for two vehicles.

Inside, each home has been designed to maximise light and space, with flexible living areas and generous window space making the most of the development’s attractive location.

Looking forward to the development taking shape, Sarah Stanger, Sales and Marketing Director at CALA Homes (East), says: “Situated in Edinburgh’s vibrant Shore area in Leith and inspired by the local industrial heritage, Albert Dock at Ocean Drive is already attracting a lot of interest from buyers seeking something a little different from the city’s harbour-side development.

“We are creating a low density development that fits in naturally with its waterside location. As well as creating its own distinct community, Ocean Drive is also at the heart of The Shore’s bustling collection of stylish bars and top restaurants – and top-class shopping and entertainment at Ocean Terminal.”

Ocean Drive is due to be launched in early 2014.
 

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Edinburgh sheltered housing scheme nears completion

Urban Realm - 16th October, 2013



Work to deliver a £4m sheltered housing complex for the elderly is nearing completion in the Liberton area of Edinburgh, offering 32 flats for social and mid-market rent to pensioners.

Delivered in partnership between the Merchant Company, Edinburgh City Council, Dunedin Canmore HA, J. Smart & Co and Smith Scott Mullan the scheme is expected to welcome its first residents this coming spring.

Mike Afshar, chairman of The Merchant Company of Edinburgh’s committee for the frail and elderly said: “The committee was formed to ensure that The Merchant Company responsibly delivered homes of high quality, with good space standards and the provision of social integration for the elderly.

“We are delighted to have Dunedin Canmore Housing Group as a partner in delivering superb homes for the elderly. The first phase of 20 units in Brandfield Street, which were officially opened by the Princess Royal in 2009, has been a great success and I’m confident our second phase in Little Road will be as well received.”

The development will be owned by The Merchant Company and leased to Dunedin Canmore for 30 years.
 

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Planners reject Leith housing over light fears

Edinburgh Evening News - 18th October, 2013



Developers are fighting a decision to build a major residential complex near Leith Walk after it was rejected because the buildings would block out too much sunlight.

Barratt East Scotland and Long Harbour want to build 241 flats and three commercial outlets on the former Royal Mail sorting office site on Brunswick Road, close to the top of Leith Walk.

The city council’s planning committee refused permission for the development, however, citing the impact on sunlight and outlook for neighbours as well as an unsuitable mix of housing types and sizes amongst the reasons.

Planning vice-convener Sandy Howat labelled the scheme as “Soviet” in nature, while a separate committee member said the proposals had resembled an “army camp” and “Weetabix architecture”.

The developers are now challenging the refusal through the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals after lodging official paperwork this month.

Opponents of plans to build housing on green-belt land have also hit out at planning chiefs, claiming brownfield locations such as the 1.6-
hectare Brunswick Road site should be used first at all costs.

Edinburgh must deliver about 30,000 new properties by 2024, with residential developments in the pipeline for green belt areas in the city’s west and south-east to meet targets.

Edinburgh Western MSP Colin Keir said: “These brownfield sites should be used before we start digging into other things.

“That (Brunswick Road) site has been an industrial site and if it’s not being used for industry, I’m quite sure it would be quite good for housing.”

Under previous designs, the development would be up to six storeys high and split into four blocks. The homes would be either one or two-bedroom flats. A total of 153 parking spaces were also proposed.

Consultation on site plans had been carried out over more than two years. It is understood the developers are angry at the length of negotiations given the process ended in refusal.

In appeal papers lodged on October 3, a statement on behalf of Barratt said: “It is suggested that the planning system has, disappointingly, failed in respect of this case. The decision notice is out of kilter with national planning and economic directive, local policy and guidance.”

But ward councillor and planning committee member Deidre Brock said: “It’s a very important site. I’m disappointed that developers are not continuing the dialogue with planning that I understood they were having.”

Planning convener Cllr Ian Perry said: “We are open to discussing with the developer how to resolve these issues to ensure the site’s redevelopment benefits the local community.”
 

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I don't have a date but I passed by the site the other day and it looks like they're still doing groundworks so it will be a wee while, I suspect.
Same here. I'm hoping they at least don't dig up any royalty that might delay it rising. I'm excited about the density in this area and what the view will look like from the top.
 

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Location: Crewe Toll
Developer: Miller Homes
Architect: Michael Laird Architects
Current Status: Planning

329 Flats (118 within former school building and 211 within new build apartments)

13/04479/FUL | Change of use from school / college and alteration of Category B listed building to residential use and erection of new build residential accommodation, access, parking, landscaping and other associated development. | Site At Former 347A Pilton Avenue Edinburgh



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Converted Art Deco Ainslie Park School (1939) - latterly used by Telford College



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Loft Apartments Plan Progressing

Edinburgh Evening News - 4th November, 2013



Radical plans to transform the former Leith Academy building into New York-style apartments have taken a major step forward after £8 million of funding was secured from Close Brothers Property Finance.

The Edinburgh-based bank has backed the redevelopment of the listed former school into "Academy Lofts" - 53 flats which will be restored in the style of loft apartments by developer Sundial Properties.

Stuart Anthony, director of Close Brothers, said: "Sundial Properties are a long-standing client of the bank and have a wealth of experience of converting historic buildings into desirable homes. We're pleased to support them in their ambitions for the site."

The B-listed building has been empty since 2008.
 

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Plans approved for Shrubhill gap site development

Edinburgh Evening News - 6th November, 2013



An eyesore gap site on Leith Walk is set to be plugged with a multi-million housing project after planners gave the long-awaited development the green light.

Around 160 homes – a mix of apartments, town houses, and colony-style properties – will be built at the mothballed former bus depot at Shrubhill Place in a revised planning bid that saw the volume of houses reduced by 240. It is hoped the “modern and energy-efficient” properties would be completed by December 2019. Concerns had been raised that floor space in 60 per cent of the proposed homes were “marginally” below council guidelines but councillors backed regeneration over regulation and granted the application. Councillor Eric Milligan said refusing the bid would be “nit picking” and welcomed the “exciting” project.
 

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Broughton school ‘pod’ housing plan refused

Edinburgh Evening News - 7th November, 2013



A bid to convert a mothballed school building into Japanese-style housing pods – thought to be Scotland’s smallest properties – has been derailed for overlooking a children’s playground.

Around 73 “smart” micro-homes were planned for a disused block within Broughton Primary School – but the design hit the buffers because of widespread opposition from parents groups. The innovative development was narrowly refused by one vote.

Valued at around £100,000 each, the “affordable but aspirational” properties would have been roughly the same size as a squash court and were being championed as a new front in the battle to propel first-time buyers into the housing market.

But a mass of objections from parents, politicians and heritage groups put paid to the plan – though developers Kingsford Estate are likely to appeal the decision.

Key concerns included traffic congestion, “poor” public consultation and the potential friction with noisy schoolchildren in the playground and an adult population living nearby.

The B-listed building, in Broughton Road, housed council officers for years until 2011 when it went up for sale.

Alex Watt, director at Kingsford Estates which lodged the designs, said he was “disappointed” with the board’s decision but vowed to appeal.

He said: “We have a lot of empathy with the parents and we worked really hard to speak with them and work with them.

“The basic planning point is that as a city we need good quality affordable housing and this would make good use of that site to preserve a listed building.

“There would have been a maximum of 20 residential occupants overlooking the playground as opposed 300 or 400 employees in an office.

“I was kind of bemused by the parents’ argument that they would prefer offices.”

Based on Japanese urban pods, householders moving into the bijou apartments would have found themselves block buying utilities such as power, broadband and digital television packages to reap cheaper bills. A shared gym, private dining room (which can be booked for special events), solar-charged electric car pool, garden roof terrace, communal lounge/work area and concierge service were further perks.

However Malcolm Chisholm, MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith, expressed “surprise” at the number of planning guidelines the proposal appeared to contravene.

Sandra Bagnall, of Broughton Primary School parent council, also welcomed the planners’ decision. She said: “We are delighted.”
 
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