Edinburgh in 3,500-home Granton ‘coastal town’ plan

The City of Edinburgh Council has published a detailed £1.3 billion proposal to transform Edinburgh’s largest brownfield site at Granton Waterfront into a new coastal town with 3,500 new homes.

The plans will be presented to the council’s policy and sustainabiltiy committee on Tuesday next week. 

“A new coastal city park linking Granton Harbour to Gypsy Brae will re-connect the city with its waterfront providing the opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy spectacular views across the Forth while experiencing enhanced leisure and outdoor activity …” said the council.

“The proposals will bring around 3,500 new homes of which at least 35% will be affordable, a school, medical centre, new cycling and walking routes and enhanced sustainable transport connections with the city, making a significant contribution to Edinburgh’s target to become a net zero carbon city by 2030.

“With an overall gross development value of around £1.3bn, the council is committed to investing around £196m to accelerate the regeneration, attracting significant public and private sector funding to deliver the vision.

“The council’s housing association partners are currently delivering around 700 new homes for sale and rent within the Granton Waterfront area with commitment by key public sector partners National Museums Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland and Edinburgh College to work in collaboration to make this one of Edinburgh’s best places to live, work, learn and visit.”

Cllr Cammy Day, Depute Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The regeneration of Granton will create hundreds of new jobs linked to growth of new services, business, leisure and creative industries and will strengthen the retail and small businesses that already exist.

“Our public sector partners Edinburgh College, National Museums Scotland and National Galleries Scotland, who all have land or buildings within Granton Waterfront, are committed to working collaboratively to maximise the impact of combining our resources.

“I’d encourage everyone interested in this exciting new plan for the area to go along to Edinburgh College and have a look at the plans which will be on display for two weeks from the 20 February.” 

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