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'Challenging' Granton flats to resume after 6-year hiatus

March 19 2024

'Challenging' Granton flats to resume after 6-year hiatus

A stalled apartment block first approved for a 'challenging' site at West Granton Road, Edinburgh, back in 2018 is set to finally break ground.

Amendments have been made to the 11 flat scheme as presented previously including the incorporation of a vehicle turntable to aid the manoeuvrability of vehicles on a constrained car park.

In a statement explaining the extended delay in delivery planning consultant Cockburn's wrote: "The proposal was approved by City of Edinburgh Council via delegated powers in 2018. Since that time, the applicants have been working with funding partners to ensure that the project can be delivered. The site is very challenging, which has necessitated delays. However, all of the associated challenges with that have now been overcome and the development can commence."

Further changes see the removal of balconies from the west elevation, a luxury deemed to be no longer necessary as sufficient amenity space is provided elsewhere.

Justifying the reduction in balconies Cockburn's added: "A broad brush analysis suggests that, in the immediate locale, private balconies account for around 10% of all flatted properties (Hesperus Crossway, West Granton Road, Lower Granton Road and Lochinvar Road). The proposal here is for 5 of 11 units to have private balconies, so just under 45% of overall provision which is more than double that of approved and built flatted residential schemes within the immediate site area."

With funding in place applicant Inver Property is confident it can proceed with the Sinclair Watt Architects design this time around. 

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