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Go-ahead given for £80m Edinburgh development

26 Sep Edinburgh City Council has approved plans for development of the Skyliner site in Leith, subject to conditions.

The planning application by S1 Developments was approved by the council’s development management sub-committee today.

The committee voted in favour of a 338 apartment build-to-rent (BTR) scheme on a brownfield site at Ocean Drive on the edge of Albert Dock in Leith. The amended proposals comprise four blocks of 10 and 14 storeys with 25% ‘tenure blind’ affordable housing. A previous application for 245 units was approved by councillors in December 2018. The site is allocated for residential development in the Local Development Plan.

In addition to current transport links, the Skyliner development is located near the anticipated phase II tram line. Provision for 71 on-site car parking spaces has also been made, including six accessible spaces, 12 electric charge points and two spaces for a city car club. Cycle parking provision has been increased to 708 spaces.

Subject to conditions, the scheme will be funded by Legal & General, as the company’s first Build to Rent development in Edinburgh and its second in Scotland.

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S1 Developments, which owns the site, will deliver the development for Legal & General. Luke McClelland, project manager at S1 Developments, said: “I’m delighted with the decision taken today by councillors. As an Edinburgh-based family company, we are thrilled to see this exciting project given the green light and look forward to breathing new life into a long-neglected area of Leith.

“A key element of the scheme is delivery of a new public boardwalk, served by established cycle routes and the new tram connection, which will provide the local area with a fantastic new amenity space. We look forward to getting these proposals under way and to continue working with council officials and the local community to deliver them.”

Dan Batteron, head of build to rent at Legal & General, said: “Skyliner is another great example of Legal & General investing in a location with significant urban regeneration potential and delivering much-needed city centre homes. With Edinburgh predicted to continue to see notable population growth, we are pleased that our plans to deliver this scheme have been approved by Edinburgh City Council. In light of today’s decision, we can now move forward to deliver these 338 new homes, which will provide flexibility and security to elective renters.”

The aim is for the scheme to be completed in 2022.

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