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Ambitious plans revealed for £2bn Edinburgh West Town neighbourhood

December 2 2021

Ambitious plans revealed for £2bn Edinburgh West Town neighbourhood

The city of Edinburgh is in line for a new neighbourhood of 7,000 homes and associated commercial and community facilities, to be built from scratch on a 200-acre site between Ingliston Park & Ride and the Gogar Roundabout.

West Town is the brainchild of New Ingliston (now rebranded West Town Edinburgh) and investment partner Drum Property Group, who propose a £2bn urban expansion of the city.

A master plan for the area by 7N Architects builds on the Edinburgh City Plan 2030 prioritises active travel and public transport, delivering infrastructure that ensures key amenities are always just a short walk away.

Graeme Bone, group managing director of Drum commented: "The amount of space on the site combined with its superb location allows for a natural extension for the west of Edinburgh, providing a new ‘20-minute neighbourhood’. As well as the close proximity to the airport, the site has direct access to some of the best public transport in Scotland. The tram line travels directly through the site and there are integrated rail, cycle and road connections creating a strategic gateway to the city."

West Town is the latest iteration of the Edinburgh International Business Gateway.


Fat Bloke on Tour
#1 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 2 Dec 2021 at 13:29 PM
This pantomime has been running longer than the Mousetrap -- surely the Auld Reekie establishment / movers and shakers / Supper Club members / 3rd Wednesday night in every month drinking buddies / knuckle crunchers / cooncil fixers could sort this all out behind closed doors and just get on with it.

Every 18 months -- another set of fees for some new drawings and a bit of PR -- the story comes out with a different angle but little progress.

The East Coast Plane Spotting community need action.
Calum Duncan
#2 Posted by Calum Duncan on 3 Dec 2021 at 11:11 AM
Assume this includes the MIMIMUM 35% / 2450 affordable living houses as per 2030 Edinburgh City Plan.
Old Boy
#3 Posted by Old Boy on 3 Dec 2021 at 12:17 PM
I'm trying to see a sign of any of the 65% others!
#4 Posted by Daniel on 3 Dec 2021 at 16:48 PM
Ludicrous that those sites haven't already been built out in this form, but that is the wonderful British housing finance system at play.
#5 Posted by Sven on 3 Dec 2021 at 17:32 PM
I personally would not live so close to an airport and high density apartments is an odd choice for a suburban development. The name is also horrid. West Town? Not very Scottish or local or meaningful. The Gogar Castle development next to this monstrosity is good design and architecture, sad it is being ignored as are the references to Ingleston house.
Nairn's Bairn
#6 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 4 Dec 2021 at 12:26 PM
#5 If you click on the 'West Town' link in the article it takes you to the development's page, at the foot of which is a location map showing the development in context.

As you may see, the airport is to be surgically removed and replaced with green fields, so your fears of 24-hour airport noise are completely unfounded.

Airport? What airport? No idea what you're talking about - nothing to see here.
#7 Posted by Terra on 26 Apr 2022 at 02:26 AM
I say, why no? Make it all afordable / social housing.
Is there a housing association out that way, get them involved if so. If not then create one. They arent "QANGO's" or whatever; they provide help for people in all sorts of situations of need.

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