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Edinburgh Marina plans thrown into doubt

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August 7 2015

Edinburgh Marina plans thrown into doubt
A £300m transformation of former dockland at Granton Harbour, Edinburgh, has been thrown into doubt following reports that officials are set to reject the plan when it goes before planning on Wednesday.

Edinburgh Marina, designed by Wilson + Gunn Architects, was to have provided a 120-bed five star hotel, 400 berth dock, 1,500 homes and 18,500sq/m of retail, leisure and business space but has been criticised for scant detail, failure to capitalise on its waterfront location and being out of scale with its surroundings.

Kevin Fawcett, director of Granton Central Developments, said: “Since our plans were first submitted, we’ve had numerous members of the community reach out to express their excitement and gratitude that Granton, a site that has sat empty for so long, will finally come to life – creating a new community, new jobs and affordable housing.

“Yet it appears the council has little interest in regenerating Granton and is more interested in a monopolistic protection of other areas, including the city centre. They are concerned that our plans for a local retail centre will draw people away from neighbouring areas.”

Fawcett contends that any concerns raised will be addressed during detailed design work.

2 Comments

Clive
#1 Posted by Clive on 9 Aug 2015 at 08:04 AM
What a shameful image of a marina. The aspiration should be yachts with masts, not little stinkpots and jetskis. The Forth has a fine 'sailing' pedigree. keep the gin palaces elsewhere.
Ross
#2 Posted by Ross on 10 Aug 2015 at 09:25 AM
This is a photo of Saint Helier marina in Jersey. I live there.

Our development has been a success, but then our marina has been integrated into the town centre. It has created a new quarter of Saint Helier, with successful bars, cafes, local shops, dentists and GP surgeries and a small cinema complex. There actually is a sense of community here at Castle Quay.

It is a shame, ofcourse, like all these developments is that the flats are mainly shoeboxes and very expensive.

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