Plans for 130 new Edinburgh homes set to be approved despite local objections

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A housing scheme which will deliver over 100 new homes next to an Edinburgh park is set to be approved by councillors despite dozens of objections from locals.

The application, submitted in June 2023, for 130 homes near Greendykes Road will be put in front of councillors during this week's Development Management Sub Committee meeting.

Following a recommendation of approval by council planners after the scheme was revised, Persimmon Homes East Scotland is proposing a mixture of 106 houses and 24 flats, ranging from one to four-bedroom properties.

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The residential scheme will follow several new-build homes built in the surrounding area in recent years, with neighbours hitting out at the proposals and citing a lack of local amenities to deal with the increase in residents and traffic.

One local who objected to the plans said: "This area is already suffering from the hyperdense building of properties. 130 properties on a small site of land such as this is to the detriment of the people currently living here and those who may live in those properties.

"There are already massive issues with the lack of appropriate and safe parking in this area and this application would contribute to the problem. High-density residential areas suffer from issues related to lower quality of living and higher crime rates."

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A second resident pointed to the potential impact on the nearby Little France Park. They wrote: "The park serves as a vital oasis within our neighbourhood, offering a range of benefits that are essential for the physical and mental health of its residents. It serves as a place where families can come together, children can play, and individuals can find solace in nature.

"Destroying the park would not only eliminate a valuable recreational space but also disrupt the delicate ecological balance it provides. The park is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, creating a small but crucial habitat for various species. We have a responsibility to protect and preserve these natural resources for future generations."

However, recommending approval, council planners concluded: "The proposals broadly accord with the requirements of conditions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 12a of planning permission in principle and the relevant policies of the Development Plan. There are no compelling material considerations for not approving them subject to the referral to Scottish Ministers."

Of the 130 proposed homes, 106 will be houses and the remaining 24 units will be flats. The 106 houses will be provided through a mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraces properties.

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There will be 35 two-bedroom homes, 66 three-bedroom homes and the remaining five will be four-bedroom. A single block will accommodate 24 flats with two one-bedroom units and 22 two-bedroom.

A parking space for each of the 130 homes is to be provided by driveways or through courts. Cycle parking and refuse/recycling collection are in-curtilage for the houses. For the block of flats, refuse/recycling and 48 cycle parking spaces will be provided.