Waterfront Plaza

Cala has recently submitted a planning application for this development. In the accompanying press release, Cala says:-

  • The 425 home development will provide a range of one, two and three bedroom apartments, colonies, studios and townhouses on brownfield land in Leith’s former docklands, opposite Ocean Terminal.
  • Cala has addressed concerns about loss of green space by reducing the planned density and by proposing a prominent area of publicly accessible open space as well as a café building, overlooking Victoria dock.
  • It is clear that there is a demand for a range of high quality properties to include desirable apartments and family homes in the area. This development not only helps address the substantial shortfall in housing that typifies the Edinburgh property market, but it will also provide excellent affordable housing in a project with high quality design appropriate to the waterfront location.
  • The Leith development will further embody CALA’s commitment to developing on brownfield sites in central Edinburgh.
  • Subject to securing planning permission, CALA hope to be in a position to commence development in early 2017.

There will be more information to follow on LHNCC’s website, on Cala’s website and on Edinburgh Council’s planning portal. (Enter the application reference 16/03684/FUL.)

However, Leith Harbour & Newhaven CC members are concerned that the current proposal has serious faults, such as high density of occupants, the height of the proposed buildings, poor design quality, lack of leisure areas for families, segregation of affordable homes and effects on nearby conservation areas. A full list is at the bottom of this post.

LHNCC wants your views!

Please let us know what you think of the proposals, no matter whether you support them, oppose them or simply want to comment on any aspect. Email LHNCC via secretary@lhncc.co.uk

Full list of planning concerns

  • Contravenes current policy for site use
  • High density (425 units)
  • Height of buildings (Up to 6 stories)
  • Design quality
  • No leisure/play area for families
  • Removal of landscaped green space
  • Removal of established trees
  • Segregation of affordable homes
  • Not sympathetic to Conservation Area and listed buildings in Commercial Street
  • Impact on Schools and Health Service provision
  • Traffic and parking
  • Environmental concerns



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