Edinburgh’s controversial $1.4bn “Garden District” wins planning approval

Edinburgh’s controversial $1. 4bn “garden district” wins planning approval

The first phase of a plan to build a 6,200-home suburb to the west of Edinburgh, Scotland, has been granted planning permission by the city’s council.

The proposal, which is being put forward by developer Murray Estates, would involve the construction of the first phase, comprising 1,350 homes on a 54ha site next to Royal Bank of Scotland’s headquarters at Gogar Station Road.

Jestyn Davies, managing director of Murray Estates, told media: “We are obviously delighted that the council has given such overwhelming backing for our vision for the Garden District.

“Right from the beginning, our plan was to create a genuinely world-class extension of the nation’s capital, and now we have the support of the city council, we are determined to deliver that vision as soon as we can.”

The scheme was designed by EMA Architecture + Design, a local practice specialising in commercial mixed-use masterplans and residential development.

The first phase will be followed by subsequent ones over 20 years, resulting in a £1bn ($1.4bn) “Garden District”. As well as the homes, there will be a school, shopping centre, sports facilities and parks.

A quarter of all the homes will be affordable housing, with the remainder split between private homes and apartments. […]

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Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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