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Ministers consider Murray’s greenbelt homes plan

New village: homes would emerge along the Edinburgh by-pass

A controversial plan by Sir David Murray to build 1,350 homes in an area of Edinburgh’s greenbelt will be considered by government ministers.

Murray Estates wants to create a new community – Redheughs Village – off the bypass at Gogarburn roundabout on land neighbouring the Royal Bank of Scotland’s head office campus.

RBS is supporting the ‘Garden District’ development after Murray Estates agreed to minimise disruption to the 6,000 people who work at the bank’s HQ.

This paves the way for ministers to consider a proposal which is backed by a majority of city councillors. They voted in favour of the plan in June 2016  against the advice of the city’s planning department which recommended rejecting the proposals as they breached several key environmental policies.

The Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) withdrew its objections in October.

Mr David D Murray, managing director of Murray Capital Group, parent company of Murray Estates, said: “The ‘Garden District’ project is a critically important development for the economic benefit of Scotland’s capital.

“The city economy desperately needs a good mixture of quality housing that is well connected to Edinburgh’s growing transport infrastructure, including the new Edinburgh Gateway Station. If approved, this development will meet those needs and help unlock growth in a wonderful living environment.

“We have worked closely with those organisations neighbouring the development, not least SASA and Royal Bank of Scotland, and are now delighted to have secured their support.”

Malcolm Buchanan, chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland’s Scotland board, said: “We have held constructive discussions with Murray Capital Group and are delighted that they have committed to ensuring disruption to our HQ is kept to an absolute minimum.

“We are very supportive of growing the city’s economy and hope that this new ‘Garden District’ will help deliver a significant boost to businesses and communities in the region.”


  • The project has been going through the planning process since 2015
  • Edinburgh Council gave planning permission in principle for the development on 2 June 2016
  • The decision of the full council to grant planning permission was made following a recommendation by its Development Management Sub-Committee that planning permission in principle should be granted.
  • Long term output impact in year nine will be £8 million, with a long term gross value added (GVA) impact of £5 million per year.
  • The construction will support 26 gross FTE jobs in year one rising to 332 jobs in year eight.
  • Many of the most deprived areas in Edinburgh border, or are in close proximity to, Redheughs Village.
  • Redheughs Village has a gross development value of over £450 million.
  • The proposal includes plans for primary and nursery schools and a 40-acre park.

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