Granton Harbour homes number to be cut by half

Cammy Day raised concerns about the proposed changes to the project. Picture: Kenny Smith
Cammy Day raised concerns about the proposed changes to the project. Picture: Kenny Smith
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The number of homes expected to be built as part of the redevelopment of Granton Harbour could be slashed to make way for larger properties and a new retail district.

It had been anticipated that up to 3400 apartments and houses would be built as part of the overhaul of the area in the north of the city, however, it today emerged that Granton Central Developments (GCD), which has taken over the project, has asked to cut that number in half.

GCD claims their previous plans to build one and two-bedroom apartments were no longer viable, and that it wanted to meet a rising demand for larger homes while also building amenities to attract families.

The development could now include retail units which would include a designer clothes shops and an indoor produce market alongside a refurbished marina.

But the city council’s housing vice-convener Cammy Day raised concerns about the proposed changes to the project, as Edinburgh’s population rises causing an increased demand for homes.

He said: “We are intending to meet the developers later this week, but I am concerned at the reduction in the number of properties.

“We see hundreds of bids for every home, and every week I and my colleagues have constituents coming to us who can’t find accommodation.”

Cllr Day added: “This new masterplan also includes a substantial amount of retail development in the Granton Harbour area and we will have to satisfy ourselves that this will not harm Ocean Terminal – which has spent the past ten years getting to where it is.”

The council recently launched new guidelines urging housing firms to make better use of land in a bid to avoid having to build on green belt areas.

Kevin Fawcett, who owns GCD, said the five-year construction project would begin in 2014, if planning permission is granted.

He labelled the previous plan “flawed” and that a shift to larger family homes would be more likely to prove successful.

Mr Fawcett added: “We have done away with the high density flatted developments, because too many of these have been built in recent years and we would argue there is huge demand for good-quality family accommodation.”

The properties planned under the new proposals would be a mix of terraced houses, townhouses, semi-detached homes and flats.