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EMA spearhead 800-home vision for south east Edinburgh

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February 13 2018

EMA spearhead 800-home vision for south east Edinburgh
EMA have designed a major residential expansion around Edinburgh’s Bio Quarter and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to the south east of the city.

Edmonstone Estate will comprise 800 family homes within an all new neighbourhood with a landscape-led masterplan providing for the retention of mature trees and new buildings positioned to maximise their impact.

In a statement EMA wrote: “The aim has been to build upon the existing characteristics of the estate and create a new community which has a sense of character and identity from the outset.”

Initially proposed as far back as 2013 efforts to build housing on the farmland site have been hit by planning delays amidst concern at the existing ground conditions.
A belt of trees will define the developments boundary
A belt of trees will define the developments boundary
An example of a secondary street scene within the urban expansion
An example of a secondary street scene within the urban expansion

8 Comments

Daniel
#1 Posted by Daniel on 13 Feb 2018 at 12:54 PM
In a city with such an incredible central built environment, these disconnected housing pods. Low density, completely isolated by green from the outside world, no real services or placemaking. Everyone will just drive, further adding congestion and dirty air.

I'm all for the city growing outwards to meet demand but can't we get anything better?
Walt Disney
#2 Posted by Walt Disney on 13 Feb 2018 at 14:25 PM
A slightly odd density for Danderhall. The massive downside of develiopments like this is that they get picked up by the PLC housebuilders who will be lucky to build 50 houses per year....so do the math on how long it will take to build out.
E=mc2
#3 Posted by E=mc2 on 13 Feb 2018 at 17:04 PM
Stunning! Edinburgh you say?
The only thing that's missing is the creation of a new community which has a sense of character and identity from the outset
Ghost
#4 Posted by Ghost on 14 Feb 2018 at 16:10 PM
Beige as far as the eye can see!
MV
#5 Posted by MV on 14 Feb 2018 at 21:41 PM
I feel bad for the tiny kids. 5 years old and only as tall as a terrier. Maybe it’s because of the weirdo parents, playing football with their work shirts, shorts and trainers on. I’ll never understand the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Egbert
#6 Posted by Egbert on 15 Feb 2018 at 10:55 AM
The low-density pods in isolated clusters divided by useless sterile green buffers seem to be a hallmark of EMA's suburban masterplans. Unfortunately they seem to have almost every major residential development east of Edinburgh sewn up - witness the massive expansion of Wallyford and now the 'new community' at Blindwells with the same template being mindlessly reproduced over and over. No focus, no centre, no enclosure, no placemaking, just housebuilder-friendly units by the hundred.
Bonvivant
#7 Posted by Bonvivant on 15 Feb 2018 at 11:51 AM
It's not so many years ago that this part of Edinburgh was awash with signs proclaiming how the City Council was protecting the greenbelt, erected with much publicity. They were taken down much more quietly.
TepidMouse
#8 Posted by TepidMouse on 15 Feb 2018 at 14:04 PM
More low rise suburban god-awful sprawl. If there is as much “demand” for housing in this area of Edinburgh then build some density for pity sake. The town is gonna look like an Australian suburb before long. Awful awful stuff this.

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