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May 3 2016

Zone wins planning on appeal for Trinity conservation area homes
Zone Architects have secured planning permission on appeal to the Scottish government for the construction of five terraced houses within Edinburgh’s Trinity conservation area.

Replacing a rundown garage, latterly used as an illicit cannabis farm, the £2.5m scheme will see retaining walls and drainage rebuilt to accommodate the new homes on a tight sloping site off Lower Granton Road.

In a statement the architects said: “The five new houses have been designed to maximise the potential of the site on a quiet lane in north Trinity. With three bedrooms and two living rooms they will be spread over four floors with private gardens and roof terraces.

“The houses will provide high quality, family accommodation in an area close to good transport links and amenities. Designed in a contemporary style, the timber-framed structures will be finished externally with white brick; they will be very low energy in use with solar panels and high levels of insulation.”

Objections to the proposal had centred on traffic issues arising from an increase in density, prompting councillors on the planning committee to initially refuse permission despite being recommended for approval by planning officials.

Construction is now expected to get underway in 2017.
A floorplan of the approved accommodation
A floorplan of the approved accommodation
Edinburgh north MSP Malcolm Chisholm was forced to apologise after falsely claiming the low-rise scheme would 'tower' over the area
Edinburgh north MSP Malcolm Chisholm was forced to apologise after falsely claiming the low-rise scheme would 'tower' over the area

Following the convoluted route to approval work should get underway by next year
Following the convoluted route to approval work should get underway by next year
This dilapidated warehouse will be demolished to make way for the scheme
This dilapidated warehouse will be demolished to make way for the scheme

9 Comments

Basho
#1 Posted by Basho on 3 May 2016 at 11:36 AM
These seem a pretty decent design. Nice take on the Edinburgh townhouse style. They are replacing a God-awful crumbling warehouse which looked pretty grim. Good knows why all the objections to this. The reactionary hatred of many locals to all architecture post Neville Chamberlain means they'd rather live next to a derelict shack. Bizarre mentality, but there you go.
Islands of sanity
#2 Posted by Islands of sanity on 3 May 2016 at 12:27 PM
NIMBY is the ell known acronym for resisting change, post Ridley of course, a bit after Chamberlain. However there is also NOTE and BANANA which can be used by the Resistance. So you can all sleep at night, Not over their either and Build absolutely nothing anywhere near anyone.
Rambo
#3 Posted by Rambo on 3 May 2016 at 16:16 PM
Lovely scheme, any plans of this?
matt
#4 Posted by matt on 3 May 2016 at 17:36 PM
Great news, lovely scheme.
Pity the political sound biting got in the way in the first place....towering? FFS....
FHM
#5 Posted by FHM on 3 May 2016 at 22:11 PM
Hey everyone, in anticipation of a certain someones comments, lets play "Big Chantelle Bingo"!:

0 Points: Nonsensical, repetitive ramblings, that make little sense whilst written in poorly constructed, "vernacular" text.

1 Point: "Concrete modernism". / "Modernist concrete ideals"

2 Points: "concrete lovin' brigade" / "lefties"

3 Points: "But hey, at least thur no pastiche."

4 Points: "unapologetically modern" concrete and gless boxes"

5 Points: "Disnesque"

6 Points: "bohemian-hipster types sitting on rugs"

Egbert
#6 Posted by Egbert on 4 May 2016 at 10:54 AM
#5 you forgot
"Motherwell Polytechnic"
"stunning" (invariably describing something deeply unambitious but with mock sash-and-case windows and a pretend chimney on the end)
"when will ye lefties learn"
"ah rest ma case"
John
#7 Posted by John on 4 May 2016 at 11:33 AM
Hi Rambo - I've now uploaded floor plans for the development.
A Local Pleb
#8 Posted by A Local Pleb on 4 May 2016 at 15:25 PM
A great looking development, I'd buy one if I lived in Edinburgh.
Marc
#9 Posted by Marc on 5 May 2016 at 15:05 PM
That living space on the ground floor is really small and pointless. Expect an extension onto the patio to have a larger kitchen dinner. Not a lot of character to the façade not that it'll be seen by many. I'm guessing access into the site for residents and during construction was an issue which isn't shown in these images.

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