Site will incluce 70% green space

Sheratan plans 680 homes at Little France

Little FranceNew proposals have been submitted for 680 houses and a primary school on a controversial site at Little France, Edinburgh.

The developer says 70% of the 170 acre site will be green space even though there will be twice as many homes as in an earlier plan for the site at Edmonstone Estate.

The site near Edinburgh Royal Infirmary is riddled with mine shafts and is sealed off on safety grounds, but the developer wants to spend money making it suitable for the scheme to go ahead. The earlier application for 360 homes was rejected because it is in green belt land, though the only objections came from the council’s planning officials.

The developer, Sheratan, has lodged a proposal of application notice (PAN) for the development, to be called Edmonstone Home Farm, signifying its intent to lodge a planning application.

The development will include 25% affordable housing, and a primary school at an estimated cost of £7 million.

Apart from the hospital it is close to the expanding BioQuarter, an incubator for bioscience firms.

A spokesman for Sheratan said: “This is a non-contentious site, given the very limited local opposition to previous proposals in the area, and we look forward to further meetings with the local community and hearing their feedback as we progress.

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