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December 8 2021

Consultation opens for affordable Wester Hailes housing

The City of Edinburgh Council with Roberston Partnership Homes and EMA have launched the first community consultation for 100% affordable housing at Murrayburn Gate, Wester Hailes.

Dovetailing with a proposal of application notice the plan calls for 87 net zero carbon flats on a vacant lot at the centre of the suburb, close to the train station and Westside Plaza shopping centre. This U-plan block would overlook a central rain garden and playground, with the potential for a later phase to the south.

In a vision statement, the applicants wrote: "The development will be high density, providing circa. 87 new homes at approximately 218 dwellings per hectare, a strategy synonymous with the regeneration of a brownfield site. This is balanced with a large central area of shared and public open space, with private gardens to all ground floor flats and improved structural planting to the edges of the site.

"The storey heights will range from 5-6 storeys, adapting in height to relate to the surrounding residential and commercial buildings. Frontages have been designed to address key routes and spaces within the proposal. The block pattern provides natural surveillance, promoting a sense of safety and enhancing the pedestrian connection to the street."

A live Q&A session will take place today between 15:00 and 19:00 and a planning application is expected early next year. 

The accessible brownfield site sits close to the Union Canal
The accessible brownfield site sits close to the Union Canal
The site was partially occupied by the Murrayburn Gate Social Work Centre, now demolished
The site was partially occupied by the Murrayburn Gate Social Work Centre, now demolished

1 Comment

Craig Sanderson
#1 Posted by Craig Sanderson on 9 Dec 2021 at 15:31 PM
Good afternoon. Sorry, I missed your consultation session yesterday. Please define the 'affordable' housing. Is it all for social rent or for a mix of social and mid-market rent? If it's a mix, please confirm the proportions of each. Thanks and regards. Craig Sanderson, Edinburgh Poverty Commission.

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