Fury over plans to demolish house to build access road

Residents of Allan Park Crescent make their feelings known. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Residents of Allan Park Crescent make their feelings known. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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NEIGHBOURS have vowed to keep fighting plans to bulldoze a house in their street to build an access road to a proposed new care home.

Residents in Allan Park Crescent, Slateford, will protest outside the City Chambers next week after the controversial bid was backed by council planners.

A care home and new flats are set to be built on land behind Meggetland sports complex.

Under the plans, a bungalow in the street would be bulldozed to build an access road.

But neighbours fear their peace will be shattered and that the area will become dangerous for children to play.

Gail Redpath said: “There are elderly people in this street that are actually making themselves ill over the prospect that this planning application might be approved.

“People are going absolutely mad, I have lived in Allan Park for 15 years and certainly didn’t buy my house where it is for a new road to be built.

“An increase in traffic is going to make the street so much more dangerous for children.”

Developer Allan Park Ltd’s plans for an access road to 14 new townhouses and a 44-bed care home, which haven’t yet been built, have been recommended for approval at a planning meeting next week.

The derelict patch of land where building would take place is completely surrounded by the railway to the north-west, houses to the south and sports pitches to the east.

Ms Redpath added: “It’s just not a suitable site for these new plans – we will be outside the City Chambers on Wednesday protesting with our placards.”

The residents have won backing from local Green councillor Gavin Corbett.

He said: “I’m shocked and dismayed at the recommendation from officers and urge the planning committee to reject it on Wednesday.

“The demolition of a perfectly good bungalow for a road is so unnecessary as the developer already has planning permission for a care home.

“If he’d simply got on and built that care home over the last three years he would have been up and running by now and residents would have been spared three years of anxiety about what was going to happen to their quiet residential street.”

The council’s planning committee will meet at the City Chambers on Wednesday morning where they are expected to make their final decision about the proposals.

Jim Eadie, MSP for Edinburgh Southern, added: “I am strongly opposed to this development – it is unsuitable for the existing site and the neighbouring areas.

“I believe that demolishing a property that is of a perfectly good habitable condition in order to accommodate this development would start a very dangerous precedent.”

No-one at developer Allan Park Ltd was available for comment.