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Portobello master plan submitted for planning

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October 13 2014

Portobello master plan submitted for planning
7N Architects have submitted an application for planning in principle for the creation of a mixed use neighbourhood on a 3.45 ha brownfield site in Baileyfield, Portobello, on behalf of Cruden Property Developments.

The proposals envision delivery of 219 new homes, including 42 earmarked for retirement living, arranged in tenement blocks and colonies style housing around a central park, together with an Aldi supermarket fronting Portobello High Street.

Robust materials such as brick and simple forms have been specified to gel with the conservation character of Portobello. New pedestrian routes will also be driven through to improve connectivity between the beach and High Street.

In their design statement 7N said: “The masterplan proposes that the inner area of the residential component be made up of terraced colonies type housing.     

“It is intended that the dwellings present active frontages elements, such as front doors and main living apartment windows to pedestrian priority streets, designed at a scale that is appropriate to a quieter and more intimate residential character.”
Higher density tenement style properties will reinforce the primary streetscapes
Higher density tenement style properties will reinforce the primary streetscapes
Lower rise colony-style housing will be built internally
Lower rise colony-style housing will be built internally

The formerly industrial land is regarded as a local blight
The formerly industrial land is regarded as a local blight

5 Comments

Peter Ross
#1 Posted by Peter Ross on 13 Oct 2014 at 16:05 PM
What have architects got against pitched roofs? Looks a bit Euro monobland.
Rem-Job
#2 Posted by Rem-Job on 14 Oct 2014 at 08:48 AM
Even in principle this is depressing. A lazy blight to replace the local blight.......
raven41
#3 Posted by raven41 on 16 Oct 2014 at 15:54 PM
Doesn't seem to mention the supermarket nor the car parking somehow.
Scot Power
#4 Posted by Scot Power on 20 Oct 2014 at 13:24 PM
There is no mention of the supermarket shed that will not contribute to the active frontage along the High Street and the brick will not gel with the conservation area where the predominant material is stone. There also seems to be some confusion as the beach lies to the north of the site, across the High Street. If this basic fact is wrong what else is incorrect? There appears to be a distinct lack of ambition in this design for this important gateweay to Portobello town centre which takes little account of the existing Development Brief.
John Stewart
#5 Posted by John Stewart on 20 Oct 2014 at 15:04 PM
The choice of red brick as the main building material will not tie in with the conservation area at all where the main building materials are either red or grey sandstone. This is an important site at the entrance to Portobello and deserves a better quality of architecture and a more inspiring design. Flat roofs are not suited to a windy seaside location where pitched roofs would be far more appropriate.

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