Development delayed

Murray hits out at decision to call in Edinburgh gateway project

David D Murray

David D Murray: disappointed

The Scottish Government planning minister has been accused of risking investment and up to 12,000 job opportunities after calling in a proposed development near Edinburgh Airport.

City councillors approved the International Business Gateway project in west Edinburgh on 30 May after a three-year planning process and more than 20 years of project development.

But ministers want further scrutiny of the £500 million scheme to “allow further consideration of transport impacts of the proposed development, in view of the national importance of the West Edinburgh area”.

David D Murray, managing Director of Murray Capital – one of the International Business Gateway consortium members – said: “This is a deeply disappointing decision by the Scottish Government that is putting jobs, investment and economic growth at risk. The council has already undertaken an exhaustive three-year planning process on a project we have been developing for over 20 years. 

“This project would create hundreds of jobs in its development and house 12,000 jobs when completed.

“The politics of the planning process is putting investment, jobs and growth at risk. The danger is that the message from the Scottish Government to the world is a negative one at the very point when we need strategic projects like this active and investing in the city and country.”

Mr Murray, whose company is part of a consortium made up of Murray Estates, New Ingliston and Frogmore Salmon Harvester Properties, said he was already frustrated by government-enforced delays to plans for housijng alongside the by-pass near Gogarburn.

“The Edinburgh Garden District project, also in west Edinburgh, has already been with the Scottish Government for over three years following planning approval by the City Council in June 2016,” he said.

“Both are strategically critical projects for the city and the country. I ask ministers to expedite this next process with very significant urgency and hope that they understand that the costs of delay are very real.”

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