Green light for Bonnington build to rent development

Edinburgh councillors have approved a proposal for the development of build to rent (BTR) accommodation on Bonnington Road Lane.

PLATFORM_’s planning application was minded to grant with conditions by the City of Edinburgh Council development management sub-committee.

The developer intends to build 453 BTR units, including 25% affordable housing.

The site is in Edinburgh’s Bonnington area and extends from the former Bonnington Resource Centre at the southern edge and over the recently demolished John Lewis depot to the north. The development is a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes, and studios, and will benefit from on-site concierge and maintenance staff. The proposals also include communal amenity spaces such as a residents’ lounge, roof terraces, a bike café and workshop and gym.

Green light for Bonnington build to rent development

To help create a vibrant atmosphere, the proposals also include retail and employment space at ground level which will be available to residents, start-up companies, and other workers. Additionally, the development will create a public pocket park, a new pedestrian priority public street connecting Bonnington Road Lane and Anderson Place, and will replant 80 additional trees across the site.

PLATFORM_ has undertaken an extensive community and stakeholder engagement programme. A community consultation was held in December 2019 and readvertised again in December 2020 to demonstrate improvements made since the original May 2020 submission. Proposals were recommended for approval ahead of the committee’s meeting after thorough discussions and collaboration with city planners.

Turley provided planning support and architectural design was produced by JM ArchitectsHirst were the landscape architects and Harley Haddow the project engineers.

A spokesperson for PLATFORM_ said: “We are very pleased to have received approval for our high-quality Build-to-Rent scheme at Bonnington Road Lane.

“The development will offer residents flexibility on a wide range of housing needs. The project will support the delivery of regeneration within the local area.

“Our key aim is to create quality, sustainable, and responsibly managed properties and we are looking forward to delivering this for Edinburgh. We will continue to update the community as the project develops and look forward to working with our partners across Edinburgh to deliver this exciting development.”

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