Forth Ports plans major Port of Leith development

Forth Ports said it has submitted an application for Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) to The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) for Harbour 31, a new housing, commercial and retail development on a 4.7 acre waterfront site at The Port of Leith.

Harbour 31 is situated to the south of Edinburgh Dock within the Port of Leith and is currently used for industrial port activities.

It is located close to existing and other proposed residential developments and the extended Edinburgh tram network.

Forth Ports’ principal shareholder is Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments).

“The proposed redevelopment of the site, close to the new FirstStage film studio, will provide 337 new homes including studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments – which will be in line with the CEC’s approved affordable housing policy – and approximately 244sqm of commercial space,” said Forth Ports.

“The apartments will be formed over a four-plot development with heights ranging from five to eight storeys with a focus on communal green spaces for the residents to enjoy and integrated sustainable travel options …

“The redevelopment of this area of Leith represents an exciting opportunity to create a new neighbourhood while providing high quality architecture, landscaping and public space which will enhance the city’s connection to the waterfront.

“As well as benefiting from the recently opened tram extension with a tram stop designed for The Port of Leith, the proposed development will include a new transport corridor to encourage sustainable modes of transport including a bus route, cycle lane and walking route linking Bath Road to Ocean Way.

“The apartments will all have access to bike storage.

“There will be car parking provision, given the location of the site and the excellent public transport provision and local amenities in the vicinity, car parking provision will be around 20% and include accessible parking spaces and be EV ready.”

Forth Ports Group Chief Legal and Property OfficerPamela Smyth said: “At Harbour 31 we want to create a vibrant new quarter for people to live and work in, as new green jobs come to Leith.

“The port is transitioning into Scotland’s largest renewables hub and, coupled with the benefits which will be unlocked as part of the Forth Green Freeport, Leith will be completely regenerated.

“With the option to walk or cycle to work or get the tram into the city centre, this new neighbourhood will be a key part of the continued regeneration of Leith.”

Forth Ports added: “In addition, an application has been made for listed building consent for works associated with alterations to Edinburgh Dock for the provision of surface drainage for the proposed development.

“The site sits on a dockside location and fits well with the Council’s Local Development Plan for a housing-led, mixed-use development.

“The proposals have been designed by Comprehensive Design Architects (CDA), an award-winning practice based in Edinburgh and Glasgow.”