Prominent Leith Walk development wins all-clear from Edinburgh planners
June 2 2021
Drum Property Group has obtained consent for scaled-down plans to build 148 apartments at the foot of Leith Walk after agreeing to refurbish a historic parade of shops that were initially earmarked for demolition.
The 2.9 acres Stead's Place development will see the existing industrial estate and offices swept aside, retaining only a two-storey red sandstone frontage.
New landscaping will connect tom Pilrig Park and beyond with the developer committing to retain the present style and size mix of shop frontages to attract smaller independent traders while revamping the first floor to serve as a business centre.
Graeme Bone, group managing director of Drum said: "Our proposals will replace old and tired industrial, office and retail space with new, more flexible, higher quality accommodation for people to live, work, shop, eat, drink and be entertained in - as well as opening up a safe and landscaped thoroughfare connecting Leith Walk to Pilrig Park.
"By retaining and refurbishing the red sandstone buildings facing on to Leith Walk, we are also contributing to the wider regeneration of the local area, providing investment to create an attractive and distinctive destination and focal point which is needed now, more than ever, as the local area recovers from lockdown and the new tram works are progressed."
Today's decision draws a 12-year odyssey to a close since the site was first marketed for development by the City of Edinburgh Council.