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Residents find stilted supermarket uplifting

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April 23 2012

Residents find stilted supermarket uplifting
A Sainsbury’s supermarket on stilts designed by GWH has been given the green light by planners, a decision which has (unusually) been welcomed by a local residents.

Located on Edinburgh’s Inglis Green Road the 60,000sq/ft supermarket will harbour 385 car parking spaces below, on the site of a derelict B&Q store which has become a target for firebugs - prompting 500 residents to sign a petition in favour of the development.

Former architect and Longstone Community Council planning member Steuart Campbell, told the Edinburgh Evening News: “It is pretty unusual for a community to be so supportive of a super- market development, and I would say part of that is down to the problems of this derelict site being left vacant.

“The offering here for shopping isn’t great and this would be a significant improvement.”

Site clearance is timetabled to commence this May.

3 Comments

Neil
#1 Posted by Neil on 24 Apr 2012 at 09:33 AM
This is hardly something to celebrate. The application was recommended for refusal by the head of planning for very good reasons: it's contrary to Local Plan; there are several large foodstores in the immediate area (including a massive ASDA just behind it as previously pointed out); it is regarded as posing a significant threat both to vulnerable local high streets at Gorgie and Chesser AND consented regeneration schemes at Wester Hailes and Fountainbridge; plus it will cause further detriment to the green setting of the Water of Leith and the two listed viaducts adjacent to the site. To quote the report:

"the principle of the extension to retailing in this location is not supported as there is no deficiency which would justify this size of retail store in this out of centre location. It would set an undesirable precedent which would undermine the primary aim of encouraging retailing in the City Centre and other established centres within the city and the Lothians as a whole."

This was of course over-ruled by committee. I despair.
that's democracy
#2 Posted by that's democracy on 24 Apr 2012 at 10:48 AM
that's what happens in the run up to an election - the councillors were never going to go against local opinion when they're out looking for votes from the locals.....
Baron Hill
#3 Posted by Baron Hill on 9 May 2012 at 15:06 PM
Yes, it's the politicians, not the planners, who are mainly responsible for the destruction of our traditional shopping areas and the consequent loss of civic pride in many town centres. And so it goes on, and on - so much for 'sustainability'! I despair too!

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