Edinburgh ‘Garden District’ first phase approved

Murray Estates said on Friday the first phase of the West Edinburgh “Garden District” development just off the city’s by-pass has been approved by Scottish Government ministers.

“The first phase of the Garden District – Redheughs Village – is set to deliver 1,350 new homes of various types, 330 of which will be affordable, as well as associated supporting infrastructure and significant local road improvements,” said Murray Estates.

“The development will also provide a new primary school, neighbourhood centre, convenience retailing and a 40-acre park for the community.”

Ministers approved the proposal following the reporter’s recommendation.

“They concluded that the development is sustainable, would contribute significantly to housing land supply, and is located in close proximity to public transport links,” said Murray Estates.

The plans will now be subject to detailed planning from City of Edinburgh Council.

David D. Murray, managing director of Murray Capital Group, parent company of Murray Estates, said: “The country’s entire focus is, quite rightly, on tackling the immediate health and economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“However, as the health emergency subsides, the scale of the economic one will become clearer and attention turns to how we address that.

“Shovel-ready projects like the first phase of the Garden District development, which represents a £450 million investment in the Scottish economy, will be key to supporting the longer-term economic and societal recovery.

“The decision is perfectly timed in that regard.

“We are delighted to have the Scottish Government’s support, and look forward to working with them and others as Murray Capital continues to invest in Scottish enterprises and major projects.” 

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