Edinburgh approves masterplan for over 1,300 homes at New Brunstane

New BrunstaneA housing development of over 1,300 homes in Edinburgh has edged closer after councillors gave initial plans the green light.

A narrow vote of seven to six in favour of granting approval of the New Brunstane Masterplan will now allow the City of Edinburgh Council’s arms-length developer EDI Group to put forward more detailed blueprints for the site.

First submitted in September last year, the proposal for 1,330 new homes – including over 300 affordable – will be one of the first major housing sites included in the recently adopted Local Development Plan to come forward, providing a family-focused neighbourhood complete with a new primary school and local centre with a range of community and retail uses as well as parks, allotments and play areas.

Eric Adair, operations and finance director at The EDI Group, said: “We are obviously delighted by the decision, one that will go some way to addressing Edinburgh’s long-term housing supply requirements with a carefully planned, sympathetic masterplan that will create a new family-friendly neighbourhood in Edinburgh.

“As a committed and responsible developer, EDI will continue to work with the council, local community and stakeholders throughout the development, ensuring that New Brunstane can become a thriving community that complements the surrounding area and becomes a great place to live, relax and play.”

The developer said the project would create more than 100 full-time construction jobs and generate £71 million into the regional economy.

Councillor Sandy Howat supported the plans and said: “The application site will bring much-needed housing to the city including over 300 affordable homes.

“Of the sites available around the city, Brunstane has the unique advantage of train access – we should of course be encouraging non-car transport and coupled with cycling storage at the stations and green open space walking routes, this was a welcome application.

“Preserving the character of Newhailes House with considerate open views to and from Brunstane House across the site, were clear amenity advantages for the new residents. “This is a welcome addition to Edinburgh as a great place to live, work and play.”