Kew Terrace eyesore revamp thrown out

The gap site at Kew Terrace. Picture: Toby Williams
The gap site at Kew Terrace. Picture: Toby Williams
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PLANNERS have knocked back a housing bid to transform an “eyesore” site into a three-storey building amid concerns over its jumbled appearance.

The design for the eight-flat development on the former petrol station site at Kew Terrace, near Haymarket, was deemed to “lack any logic” as it failed to reflect the style of existing properties and resulted in an “unfortunate hybrid building”.

It is thought the plot has lain vacant since 1999.

Six flats within the complex fell below city recommendations for minimum floor space, while transport chiefs recommended the application for refusal because it lacked suitable car parking.

The development was also thought to have a “detrimental impact on road safety” and three retail units within the complex would “adversely affect” business for a nearby shopping centre. But despite a number of concerns about the proposed development, one of the city’s senior councillors took to Twitter to voice his disappointment at its refusal.

Economic convenor Councillor Frank Ross, who sits on the planning committee, decried the loss of opportunity at the Wester Coates site.

Tweeting after the meeting, Cllr Ross hailed the bid a “nice development” that was “fully supported” by the local 

He said: “Disappointed as committee votes against Kew Terrace development. 14 more years of a derelict eyesore.”

The failed development was also backed by Murrayfield Community Council, as well as a host of neighbouring property owners.

In a letter to planners, vice-chair Robert Smart said the watchdog group offered their “wholehearted” support to the proposal.

He said: “Having had the opportunity to view alternatives they are firmly of the opinion that the proposal is the right one for this site.

“The council took the view that recent developments in the area demonstrated beyond possible doubt that the granting of permission for the development across the road to the north was a great success.

“It is expected the new development will blend in completely and few, in a short time, will be aware that the area was not always like this.

“The community council, having taken soundings around the area, are convinced that the proposal has wholehearted support of those living in the locality.”

A series of planning bids for the vacant plot have failed to get off the ground in the last decade, including a drive to install a cash machine and an attempt to create a vehicle hire business.