Plans for run-down Woolworths site in Corstorphine unveiled

The plans for Corstorphine site..
The plans for Corstorphine site..
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It was once the jewel of Corstorphine’s busy thoroughfare, but since the demise of Woolworths the vacant lot has become a high street eyesore.

However, plans on the cusp of release to the public are set to transform the site with a £10-£15 million vision for the location’s future.

Developers Mactaggart & Mickel Commercial Developments Ltd, who bought the site from Lambert Smith Hampton, will unveil plans for the strip of storefronts and land to the rear of the shops from Monday.

The St John’s Road site has been largely vacant for years since the closure of Woolworths and the housebuilder hopes a blueprint for new flats and shops will be a hit with the local community.

Craig Ormond, director at Mactaggart & Mickel Commercial Developments Ltd and Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for us to have a site in one of Edinburgh’s most sought-after locations and we have been really pleased with the response we have had so far.”

The plans, yet to be lodged for consideration by the city council’s planning department, are for a mixed-use development, incorporating high quality and affordable housing as well as retail and food and drink offerings.

An artist's impression of the development of new flats and shops along St John's Road. Picture: contributed

An artist's impression of the development of new flats and shops along St John's Road. Picture: contributed

Mr Ormond said they believed the mix in the development would help transform the site and remain sympathetic to the area’s heritage.

He said: “We want to create a destination in an active and thriving community and help to drive further growth and investment in this part of the city.

“One of the first things we did when we bought this site was to commission a character assessment of the local vicinity and wider Corstorphine.

“We are mindful of the character of the area and the strength of its identity in Edinburgh.

“This will remain at the forefront of our proposals and is also why we are keen to engage positively with the public to hear their views.”

Michael Laird Architects, who have worked on the project, described the road-side development of Corstorphine over the years as “piece meal”.

“The design of the new development will be a key element of our consultation of which we will be looking to seek views from the community,” Mr Ormond said.

“We are very aware of the importance of the history and heritage of Corstorphine and this will feature in our consultation discussions.”

Proposals will be shared on Monday from 2pm to 7pm and on Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Corstorphine Astoria Centre on Kirk Loan.

Next Thursday proposals will be shared in McDonald’s on Glasgow Road from 12pm to 4pm.

All members of the public and local community have been told they are welcome to attend and share their thoughts on the proposals.