20 January 2010
The Ferrymuir site near Edinburgh is set for a massive face lift thanks to a successful application for planning permission in principle by expert consultants from WYG.
The site, at South Queensferry, is currently designated in the local plan for business use but despite marketing the site for eight years, it still remains vacant.
Forth Bridges Business Park Developments Ltd (part of the Evans Property Group) commissioned WYG Planning & Design to prepare a planning strategy to identify potential alternative uses to combat the problem. Following the preparation of a masterplan for the site, an application for planning permission in principle was submitted to Edinburgh City Council by the consultants in early 2009. The application for a mixed use scheme has now been approved by committee subject to a Section 75 Agreement.
Tony Thomas, Director, WYG Planning & Design said: “Previous efforts to market the site solely for business use, in line with its current local plan designation have been unsuccessful. The approval of planning permission in principle for mixed use development will unlock this otherwise vacant site for the creation of a high quality living and working environment.”
A public exhibition was held over three days in Roseberry Hall, South Queensferry back in June 2008 with a high level of support for the efforts that were undertaken to engage with the local community and the provision made for a community facility on the site. The final development mix comprises 130 residential units (including affordable housing), a care home, office use, leisure unit and community facility.
Tony added: “The development will result in significant community benefits including the provision of funding for a new community facility on the site, the creation of a much needed care home and, affordable housing units.”