Fountainbridge canalside homes recommended for approval



Councillors are expected to give the green light to mixed-use proposals to regenerate the site of the old Fountainbridge Brewery site in Edinburgh.

Vastint Hospitality plans to continue its regeneration of the area with 234 new homes for private rent as well as six commercial units making up a second phase of the development.

The first phase – 5236.9 sq, m/56,370 sq. ft. (NIA) of offices, a 262-bedroom Moxy hotel and several commercial ground floor units – were approved in June last year.

Councillors are now expected to give phase two the green light after being recommended for approval by planning officers.

If given the go-ahead, 223 flats, ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments will be built – along with 11 town houses. One quarter of the proposed accommodation will be affordable housing.

The scheme has been designed by 3DReid as two “urban perimeter blocks” which will range from three to eight storeys in height. Six commercial units totalling 745sqm will include food, drink and leisure facilities and be provided on the ground floor, below the housing. The 11 town houses will face the Union Canal if planning permission is granted.

A new public square will be created by the Leamington Lift Bridge, while internal courtyard space will be established between the buildings.

In a report to councillors, planners said the height of the proposal “sits comfortably within its surroundings”.

It added: “The proposal forms part of a wider mix of uses and delivers a mix of housing types and sizes with integrated affordable housing.

“The development will enhance the edge of the Union Canal, create a high-quality public realm and pedestrian/cycle priority routes, contributing towards the cohesive regeneration of the wider area and sense of place.”



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