Campaigners gear up for planning blueprint battles

There are plans for 700 homes in Cammo. Picture: comp

There are plans for 700 homes in Cammo. Picture: comp

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Battle lines have been redrawn as campaigners limber up for a fresh fight over a planning blueprint which will map the Capital’s future.

A public consultation has been launched over the second phase of the city’s Local Development Plan (LDP) – which was approved in June and earmarks huge swathes of land for new housing.

Space must be found for more than 32,000 homes over the next decade, meaning development would be approved on green-belt land

Hundreds of properties have been lined up for the west of the city, sparking controversy in areas such as Cammo, Maybury and South Queensferry, as well as Brunstane in the south-east.

Alongside land already earmarked for housing, there are proposals for up to 700 homes in Cammo, on a site west of Maybury Road, and up to 2000 homes near Turnhouse Road, in Maybury.

Residents are concerned they will not be able to leave their homes due to the increased traffic if the developments are given the go-ahead.

A spokeswoman for the Cammo Residents Association said: “We continue to be extremely concerned about the unacceptable situation we will face if these developments go through, primarily because of the traffic which will build up around the Barnton junction.

“We are particularly concerned we won’t be able to get in and out of our homes, particularly in peak hours.”

Air pollution from the predicted congestion on the roads and loss of green-belt land are also worrying the residents.

She said: “We don’t feel Cammo is suitable for housing development because we feel the infrastructure would not support it.

“Nobody seems to have come up with a solution which appears to us that it could work.”

The proposed construction of between 950 and 1330 homes on the green belt at Brunstane would leave little green space between Edinburgh and East Lothian, according to campaigners.

Housing land must be found but brownfield sites must be developed first, insisted Sean Watters, secretary of Portobello Community Council.

He said: “I personally can see the need for housing and I know the council really doesn’t have a choice on this need so they have to find them.

“It’s not a matter of whether the green belt should be used but where.”

Mr Watters said one of the concerns for residents is that green-field sites will be more appealing to developers so existing brownfield sites will not be regenerated.

A city council spokesperson said: “The document is available for inspection and comment until October 3 and any comments made will be reported to the planning committee in February.

“Drop in sessions are also being held to offer any assistance required to individuals who wish to make a submission.”