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Planning History

The site of approximately 1.6ha is a former railway goods yard. It lies to the west of the existing suburban line and is bounded to the north by Gorgie Road and to the south by Slateford Road. To the west of the site there is a mixed development of flats and houses with small workspaces completed in 1996 by Canmore Housing Association.

  • February 1992: Consent was granted by the then Edinburgh District Council for a supermarket development including a road linking Slateford Road and Gorgie Road.
  • October 1993: Consent granted to Canmore for mixed housing development to the west of the site.
  • June 1993: Consent granted for a "drive-thru" McDonalds to the north west of the site.
  • March 1995: Lothian Regional Council Transportation Committee resolved that the adjacent railway line "forms an integral part of the long term transport strategy for the Edinburgh area" and part of the site was safeguarded by Edinburgh District Council for a park and ride site.
  • November 1995: Edinburgh District Council continued an application by Wimpey Homes Holdings Ltd. to erect 124 flats and associated car parking on the site requesting further consideration be given to the link road. There were also concerns over open space and other issues.
  • December 1995: Edinburgh District Council granted outline planning consent to Canmore Housing Association Ltd / Applied Capital Investments to erect 120 flats on a car free basis. Reserved matters included parking, access and landscaping.
  • June 1998: City of Edinburgh Council Development Control Sub-Committee approved the detailed planning application by Canmore for the present development. The section 75 agreement was subsequently signed and written consent granted.