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1,600 Homes Approved for Development in Leith

Edinburgh City Council has approved housing development firm, Forth Ports’ plans for a huge 1,600 home development at Western Harbour in Leith after revisions were made to their original design framework.

The plans have been stalled for over 15 years due to changes to the Council’s planning guidelines, to which Forth Ports had to adapt their designs in order to gain approval. However, now that these initial plans have been approved, Forth Ports has announced exciting details about the development.

A new community will be built at Western Harbour, between Leith and Newhaven, which, along with 1,600 homes, will possess a school, large park and boardwalk to provide amenities for the new residents. Forth Ports is working alongside fellow development firm Rettie & Co. to build affordable housing as part of the development, which will hopefully go some way towards easing Edinburgh’s housing crisis. Both developers are seeking a loan from the Scottish Government to fund this.

Charles Hammond, the Chief Executive of Forth Ports, has suggested that the Western Harbour development will be modelled on the firms’ previous developments at Harbour Point and Harbour Gateway, both in Leith. These developments offer mid-market rented flats to people who are not eligible for social housing, but who would struggle to pay the high rents for which other parts of the city are infamous. It is hoped that Forth Ports will have full plans to bring before the Council by February 2019.

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