West Town Public Consultation – Launches Thursday 12 May
New Homes-led Neighbourhood Proposed for 205-acre West Edinburgh Site
Plans Include New Homes Plus Commercial and Community Facilities
Plans for one of the most significant and sustainable urban expansions of Edinburgh in a generation are being unveiled as part of a major public consultation exercise.
West Town Edinburgh Ltd is hosting an online consultation taking place from May 12 to June 3 showcasing an ambitious vision for West Town – a brand new neighbourhood to be built on a 205-acre site to the west of Edinburgh.
The West Town site, located between the Ingliston Park & Ride and the Gogar Roundabout, is regarded as one of the most strategically important development areas in Scotland.
Development proposals follow guidelines set out by the proposed Edinburgh City Plan 2030 to meet the fast-expanding housing needs of the city, recommending a ‘mixed-use development with space for some 7000 homes’. West Town’s initial proposals include creating a sustainable homes-led town centre community combined with the employment, commercial, leisure and community provision needed to create a ‘20-minute neighbourhood’.
West Town Edinburgh was formed in April 2021 by Drum Property Group to progress the development of the site. Welcoming the consultation launch, Graeme Bone, Group Managing Director of Drum, said: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver the transformation of the west of Edinburgh whilst providing essential homes for the nation’s Capital.
“Drum has a proven track record of delivering high-quality large-scale communities across Scotland and our ambition for the area matches that of the proposed Edinburgh City Plan 2030.
“The size and superb location of the West Town site allows for a natural extension for the west of Edinburgh, creating a new self-contained ‘20-minute neighbourhood’. As well as the close proximity to the airport, the site has direct access to some of the best public transport in Scotland – the tram line travels directly through the site and there are integrated rail, cycle and road connections creating a strategic western gateway for the city.”
West Town Edinburgh submitted a Proposal of Application Notices (PoANs) for West Town to the City of Edinburgh Council earlier this year. The PoANs are issued in advance of any public consultation and subsequent planning applications and are intended to give an outline intention of plans for the site.
Mr Bone added: “The consultation launch marks the first step of the planning process and we look forward to actively engaging with the local and wider communities to progress the development of the site.
“This is part of a long-term collaborative process, working closely with the City of Edinburgh City Council and other key stakeholders and agencies. We look forward to hearing our views of the local and wider community as our vision for West Town evolves.”