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Go-ahead for controversial development

Murray wins support for green belt scheme

Murray EstatesSir David Murray’s controversial plan for a new community on green belt land in Edinburgh has been given the go-ahead by councillors.

The Garden District will include 1,320 homes and a new primary school built between the City Bypass and Gogar Station Road in the west of the city.

It has attracted fierce criticism from those who object to building on protected land and councillors have again been targeted for this latest decision to overturn the recommendations of planning officials who said it should be rejected.

Councillors backed the developers’ plans by 10 votes to one following a near-six hour planning meeting. Green councillor Steve Burgess voted against.

Objectors included Royal Bank of Scotland, whose headquarters are at nearby Gogarburn. It raised concerns about the impact of further traffic on roads and transport around the area.

However, Balerno and Cramond and Barnton community councils offered support for a “well planned and well integrated” development which was preferable to plans to build houses on Cammo Fields off Maybury Road.

Developer Murray Estates, owned by the former Rangers owner, described the scheme as a “world class extension to the nation’s capital.”

The scheme could eventually be expanded to 6,000 homes, together with a 60-acre garden.

The plans, however, must be ratified by the full council and then go to the Scottish Government for final approval.



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