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Lichfields secures key role in airport scheme

Crosswinds will be developed on 100 acres near the airport

Planning and development consultancy Lichfields is to help deliver the master plan for the transformation of a major area of land adjacent to Edinburgh Airport.

Lichfields’ Edinburgh office will work with Crosswind Developments to finalise proposals for the 100-acre mixed-use scheme.

The site has become available following the closure of the airport’s little-used secondary ‘crosswind’ runway.

The development team hopes to submit an initial planning application next year.

Nicola Woodward, Lichfields’ Edinburgh office leader, said: “This is a fantastic project and we are delighted to have been appointed as planning advisors on one of Scotland’s most impressive emerging developments.

“It is now three years since Lichfields established a base in the Scotland and we continue to deliver on the ambitious targets we set ourselves.

“Our brief is to help develop a coherent planning case for a variety of land-uses on the site.   This is a fantastic opportunity to help support a major, job-boosting development on the edge of the city alongside the other west Edinburgh development commitments.”

John Watson, chief executive of Crosswind Developments, said: “The Crosswinds project is part of Edinburgh’s exciting future.

“It will help to reinvigorate this part of the city, creating and supporting jobs, providing community facilities and investing in vital infrastructure.”

To the south of the site there is the potential for office, residential and hotel developments, whilst further north – closer to the operational side of the airport – logistics and industrial space is being considered.

The earmarked site stretches from south-east of the passenger terminal towards the Gogar roundabout on the A8.

Lichfields, the trading name of Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, is a planning and development consultancy.

It was set up in 1962 by town planner Professor Nathaniel Lichfield and is owned by its staff through an employee benefit trust. It has annual revenues of £20m and employs 215 people across its nationwide offices.



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