Comment: Evidence that recovery is under way

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You only have to peer up at the number of cranes on the Edinburgh skyline to see development moving forward full pelt.

The projects under way in the likes of St Andrew Square are testament to a recovering economy and perhaps good times ahead.

But for many, it is in Edinburgh’s communities where they most want to see investment returning, particularly to tackle the city’s affordable housing crisis.

Today we have news that the long-awaited regeneration in Craigmillar appears to be back on track, with plans for 300 homes, a supermarket and a petrol station in the first stage.

Negotiations with retailers and developers are said to be at an advanced stage with everything on course to get under way next year.

While it is always difficult to tell from a sketched artist’s impression, it certainly looks impressive.

Development such as this is the real test of a recovery under way, and would clearly be a massive boost to the local community.

Some great work has already been carried out, most notably with the fantastic revamp of the White House. There are also advanced plans for a desperately needed new high school.

We look forward to seeing how the blueprint develops into a new chapter for Craigmillar.

As investment and development continues apace across the city, it is important the cranes are not just seen in the city centre. Redevelopment like the one in Craigmillar is helping to build a brighter and more prosperous future for all.

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