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Consultations begin for Edinburgh Airport ‘city’

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January 30 2015

Consultations begin for Edinburgh Airport ‘city’
New Ingliston Ltd has submitted a proposal of application notice for the first phase of its proposed International Business Gateway on farmland close to Edinburgh Airport – a joint initiative with Mirray Estates, Frogmore and Salmon Harvester.

The mixed use project has been master planned by 7N Architects and will include a hotel, education campus, retail, office space and up to 2,000 homes, connecting directly to the city centre by tram.

On the cards since 2011 backers of the ambitious 30 year project are keen to capitalise on improved transport connections and planned airport expansion to put fresh impetus behind the scheme and secure investment.

In a statement New Ingliston said: “The initial development is intended to be adjacent to the Ingliston Park & Ride and tram halt that serves transportation interchange linking air travel to trams, buses and, through the close proximity to the motorway network to the whole of Scotland by private car.

“We want to create an attractive new city sector, alive for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, where people can live, work and relax in high quality, contemporary environment on a long term sustainable basis.”

A drop-in community exhibition to showcase the plans will be held at the airport’s Hilton hotel on 24 February between 13:00 and 19:00.
Plans to build a concert venue have been dropped from the latest proposals
Plans to build a concert venue have been dropped from the latest proposals
Up to 8m sq/ft of space will be built in the new west quarter
Up to 8m sq/ft of space will be built in the new west quarter

9 Comments

Stevie Steve
#1 Posted by Stevie Steve on 30 Jan 2015 at 16:50 PM
Who wants to live beside an airport???
D to the R
#2 Posted by D to the R on 31 Jan 2015 at 07:00 AM
Stevie .... Naebdae
Stephen
#3 Posted by Stephen on 31 Jan 2015 at 17:37 PM
Stevie Steve makes a good point.
Big Chantelle
#4 Posted by Big Chantelle on 2 Feb 2015 at 07:50 AM
@stevie steve

People who like planes?
james
#5 Posted by james on 2 Feb 2015 at 11:58 AM
I wanted to resist from commenting on this, but had to give in. It's these PR pants tautological statements that kill me - ...alive for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, where people can live, work and relax in high quality, contemporary environment on a long term sustainable basis.... - What about those people who will die? will they be allowed to reside here, or just those who are alive for 24/7 whatever....? And can we ban the use of the word 'contemporary' FFS it is SO offensive. Anyway, just in case anybody doesnt know, on a more serious note, this whole ruse is just about making money for investors- end of. They should just be told to bugger off, play the stock market and be done with it. Trougher architects enable this to happen by playing the planning system making very rich people a whole lot richer. It's really pretty disgusting if you think about it. Is this what architects were put on this planet for? You get to say ....
neil
#6 Posted by neil on 2 Feb 2015 at 15:50 PM
I thought RBS was meant to be a one-off exception to the green belt rules. This proposal is basically throw up your hands and abandon the greenbelt as a concept.
Tepid Mouse
#7 Posted by Tepid Mouse on 2 Feb 2015 at 16:29 PM
Here we go again. How many "masterplans" have been drawn up for the area near Edinburgh Airport now? So we now have a 30-year project... where people will live beneath the flight path of an airport, nice. Also, why is there more office space required in the suburbs? Edinburgh would do good to fill the city centre and Gyle office areas first
Sven
#8 Posted by Sven on 3 Feb 2015 at 09:06 AM
Very valid points mentioned above.

The Gyle and Edinburgh park still has many offices already built lying empty and plenty of land towards Edinburgh Park station should demand suddenly increase. There is also plenty of grade A office space in throughout the city and near at Ratho, so where is the need for 8,000,000 square feet of more office space?
Which gets to the heart of what the developers want - 2000 new and very profitable homes. Down the line they will say 'oh there is no demand for office space so can we built 2000 more homes'? St Johns Road is already within the top 10 most polluted roads in Scotland, and they want to add at least 3000 new cars to it? The tram takes 45 minutes to reach the city centres and the roads around the Gyle are already a slow moving car park at peak times. Adding to it is crazy.

Then we have the problem of future airport expansion, it will be constrained by 2000 home owners not too happy at new flights and increased airport noise.

All in all it should be a no to this development.
Egbert
#9 Posted by Egbert on 3 Feb 2015 at 09:23 AM
Might it not make sense to build out the remainder of Edinburgh Park first before launching into yet another edge-city business park (which is what this is, 24-7 city 'sector' or otherwise)? The glaringly-empty and overgrown wasteland that visitors to the city now trundle through on the tram surely has to be more pressing for CEC - frankly embarrassing as first impressions of a capital city go.

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