Concern over congestion
New 3,600 homes village plan for west of Edinburgh
A new village would rise on land near the university
Plans for a new village with 3,600 homes have been unveiled for a swathe of land surrounding Heriot Watt university in the west of Edinburgh.
Developers want to create “Riccarton Village” to help meet growing demand for homes in the capital which requires up to 3,500 per year.
The development is being promoted on behalf of landowners by Wallace Land Investments whose owner Jason Wallace said: “Riccarton Village will realise the city’s economic and housing ambitions and deliver a breath of fresh air in terms of approach and realisation of a truly sustainable vision, based around public transport hubs which complements the existing community and will be within an exemplary parkland setting.
“Our proposals build on Riccarton’s existing infrastructure and transport links, education and research jobs and the area’s ongoing investment linked to the City Deal, while adding value through providing improved services and facilities to existing local communities.
“It will provide the local population and students with a bustling village centre right on their doorstep, with a square and parkland providing the perfect setting for community events – markets, concerts, pop-ups and other outdoor activities.”
The proposal also seeks turning Curriehill Station into a transport “hub” including new bus routes linking Heriot-Watt, an enhanced park and ride, cycle station and electric vehicle charging points.
But Lib Dem MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton said he remains concerned about the impact of the “proliferation” of housing in west Edinburgh, warning of massive congestion on western routes into the city.