Development plan for Leith

Homes plan for disused site near Royal Yacht

Waterfront Plaza LeithPlans have been unveiled for between 450 and 500 homes on a prime derelict site in Leith close to the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Cala Homes is proposing a ‘Waterfront Plaza’ (pictured) on land owned by Forth Ports opposite Ocean Terminal.

The scheme has the support of the shopping centre owner, Resolution Property.

The company will seek planning permission, and will hold a public consultation event in April.

Waterfront Plaza is centred around a pedestrianised public realm, linking the Shore area to Ocean Terminal. The scheme is close to the proposed extended tram route along Ocean Drive.

Local ward councillors as well as the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council have also been informed, and Cala is keen to embrace the views and opinions of the local community and key stakeholders early in the design process.

Dennis Jones, centre manager at Ocean Terminal, said the proposal would support the shopping centre through the regeneration of the immediate surrounding area.

“The proposed development will have a positive effect for the local region and will directly support jobs, not just in Ocean Terminal, but in the wider local area,” he said.

Cala proposes one-to-three bedroom apartments, townhouses and colonies with 25% set aside for affordable homes.

Stuart Paterson, chief financial officer at Forth Ports, said:  “Forth Ports welcomes Cala’s housing development plans for Waterfront Plaza. The area of land is not currently used to the maximum benefit of the local Leith community and we are keen to ensure that this is changed. This is great news for the local area and will help address Edinburgh’s current housing shortage and support the Ocean Terminal retail development.”

Craig Lynes, land director at Cala Homes (East), believes there is a significant demand for much need housing in the local area.

He said: “Leith has been transformed over the past 30 years, however progress has slowed.

“The recently completed nearby Albert Dock development located off Ocean Drive which included townhouses and apartments was a great success.  It is clear there is a demand for a range of high quality properties to include apartments and family homes in the area.”

Following a period of Public Consultation and Stakeholder engagement in the coming months, the firm plan to lodge a Detailed Planning Application in the summer.  With a positive planning decision towards the end of the year, work on site could start in the early part of 2017.

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