Contentious Cammo Estate housing plan to go-ahead
Plans: Cammo Estate
A contentious housing development on the western edges of Edinburgh has been given the go-ahead by councillors.
The 655-home development at Cammo Estate is a consortium project by CALA Homes and David Wilson Homes and includes 164 affordable homes. A mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, terraced homes, colonies as well as detached family homes will be provided.
The scheme was opposed by a campaign group, supported by Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP and Christine Jardine MP, over concerns that the already heavy traffic at Barnton junction will be made worse.
A spokesperson on behalf of the consortium said: “We must thank the local community first and foremost for engaging with us throughout, helping us to shape the final proposals which have evolved over the past two years.
“We fully understand how important the junctions at Maybury and Barnton are and traffic was a key concern for many people at the outset.
“We feel the improvements made through planning gain contributions will benefit the wider community and those commuting in or out the city.
“Our focus now turns to assisting the City of Edinburgh Council to ensure a timely delivery of these improvements.”
A new view will be created
A key component of the site is the extent of publicly accessible green space – which totals over a third of the entire development and includes linear parks, a seven-hectare park, and over 700 new specimen trees.
In addition, a half kilometre 20-metre wide green corridor at Maybury Avenue will feature a much-needed cycle and footpath detached from Maybury Road.
Further improvements to the walking and cycling network will be made from planning gain contributions the developments will make.
In line with the Local Development Plan these routes will connect to the land at West Craigs, and as part of that development connect onwards to the Gyle and Edinburgh Park.
The spokesperson added: “At the heart of the design solution has been the delivery of an outstanding landscape environment along with significant investment to improve public transport, education and health care and the delivery of an excellent pedestrian and cycle network.
“Within the development site we will deliver new bus infrastructure in addition to making contributions to public transport connections to the site.
“In addition, there is an exceptionally wide range of homes that will help to ease the supply shortfall that features throughout the market.”
The affordable housing will commence as part of the initial phase of development, which is set to start by the end of the year and take up to five years to complete.