200 homes and an Aldi at derelict site

The derelict site in Portobello. Picture: Julie Bull

The derelict site in Portobello. Picture: Julie Bull

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HUNDREDS of new homes and a giant supermarket would be built under fresh plans to develop land next to one of the Capital’s busiest junctions.

Aldi and Cruden Homes have told city planning chiefs that they intend to put a blueprint on the table soon for the former Scottish Power site in Baileyfield Road, Portobello.

Around 200 one, two and three-bedroom homes for rental and sale and a 1675sq m supermarket with 98 parking spaces for customers would be built, according to the jointly submitted pre-application notice. The branch would be German shopping giant Aldi’s fourth – and its biggest – in the Capital.

However, there are fears the development could cause further traffic congestion at the busy King’s Road junction.

Community councillors said they would carefully scrutinise the impact of the plans on traffic when developers face the public at a consultation event at Portobello Town Hall next Wednesday.

Portobello Community Council convener Geoff Lynn said: “Traffic will obviously be a factor in the application, and the planners and the traffic and roads department will be looking at that in detail.”

Local city councillor David Walker said: “I would hope to hear a bit more about the plans at the meeting, particularly the impact in terms of the traffic.

“Building new houses and a large new supermarket will create more traffic, so you have to weight that up against the benefit the development will bring to the area.

“We’ll need to wait and see what local people’s reactions are to these proposals.”

The plans have been significantly scaled down after an earlier proposal featuring 700 homes was denied planning approval in 2009.

Baileyfield had previously been considered as a venue for a new Portobello High School before it was sold to developers earlier this year.

A spokesman for both Cruden and Aldi said: “We believe that the Cruden residential proposal and Aldi are a very good fit.”