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November 10 2016

Planning in principle sought for Riccarton Mains Village
Planning permission in principle is being sought for an ‘independent village’ for students and permanent residents at Heriot-Watt Universities Riccarton Campus.

Led by landowner H&H Group Riccarton Mains Village will involve provision of 200 homes, 200 student flats, a community centre and supermarket on 12 hectares of land using designs intended to respect the area’s ‘rural character’.

Brian Richardson chief executive of H&H Group plc said: “This development is in one of the most sustainable locations in Edinburgh and is well connected for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as being well-served by public transport, reducing the impact on the local road network.

“We are also pleased to be bringing forward community facilities, including the potential for a new GP surgery which was one of the key issues raised at the consultation events we held.”

The village also sits close to the Oriam Centre, a sports performance hub which will eventually be joined by a 160-bed hotel and possible film studio.
Housing will be grouped around a 'village centre'
Housing will be grouped around a 'village centre'


Ian Alexander
#1 Posted by Ian Alexander on 10 Nov 2016 at 10:24 AM
Please, no more Poundbury-type developments. Prince Charles got away with it because of his 'elevated' position. We live in the 21st century after all.
#2 Posted by wonky on 10 Nov 2016 at 12:21 PM
I don't think these sorts of lo-fi developments are necessarily that bad- what after all is the difference between the conservation style new builds in the Cotswalds or the Yorkshire Moors National Park? If the materiality is of sufficient quality surely these sorts of proposals are more acceptable than the Barrett & Wimpy Dinky cheap alternatives? My concern with any peripheral lo-fi development is with the lack of transport, community & other forms of public infrastructure- this development appears to be fairly decently served by transport links for what its worth. I wouldn't stay there, in fact, I would rather suffer a horrible death. But each to their own- what kind of 'normal' people choose to live in these sorts of places?
#3 Posted by Clive on 13 Nov 2016 at 08:18 AM
For some people, living in a glass box apartment on the 40th floor is their ultimate dream.
For others, a neighbour within half a mile is just too crowded.
What is your normal?

That said. a "village for students" sounds a bit mental. A village thrives on Community. Beyond a shared love of kebabs at 3.00am, the Community Spirit is likely to be sorely lacking here!
#4 Posted by Terra on 13 Nov 2016 at 21:50 PM
I'd rather have something like this than an ultra-bland Barrett type scheme. Wish we had developers with more vision when they build housing schemes. Plenty great examples on the continent. Why can't we do the same. But this is at least interesting, aesthetically pleasing and adds something to the area rather than just another identi-kit scheme from the usual suspects. I applaud them for trying something interesting.

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