Plans approved for Shrubhill gap site development

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AN EYESORE gap site on Leith Walk is set to be plugged with a multi-million housing project after planners gave the long-awaited development the green light.

Around 160 homes – a mix of apartments, town houses, and colony-style properties – will be built at the mothballed former bus depot at Shrubhill Place in a revised planning bid that saw the volume of houses reduced by 240. It is hoped the “modern and energy-efficient” properties would be completed by December 2019. Concerns had been raised that floor space in 60 per cent of the proposed homes were “marginally” below council guidelines but councillors backed regeneration over regulation and granted the application. Councillor Eric Milligan said refusing the bid would be “nit picking” and welcomed the “exciting” project.