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Gorgie Road development receives planning advance

A mixed-use scheme – including purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) - has received a planning advance which is subject to final approval.

Kiltane Developments Ltd has been granted planning permission by council planners – subject to final approval by Scottish Ministers – for a mixed-use scheme in Edinburgh. Development on the site on Gorgie Road is awaiting final approval due to an objection by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency – who raised the issue of developing within the flood plain.

“I’m delighted with the decision taken by councillors. As an Edinburgh-based company, we are thrilled to see this exciting project given the green light and look forward to bringing this mixed-use site forward.”

Spokesperson for Kiltane Developments

If approved, Kiltane Developments plan to build a sustainable mixed-used development – including 28 flats – with eight being affordable housing, and purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) which will include 140 flats and 77 studios. There are also plans to include three commercial units for professional, financial or retail use. 

The development is close to university facilities, in cycling distance to the city centre, and is on a few major bus routes – making it an ideal location for students. Plans include 33 car parking and 264 bike spaces – in the underground area.

There are also plans to extend public amenity space between the Water of Leith Walkway and the buildings edge. This will provide a shared space for local residents and users of the Walkway – which is adjacent to the proposed commercial unit. It will enhance the public realm, upgrade the footpath and provide a frontage for the Walkway.

“The delivery of housing, including much-needed affordable housing, student accommodation and commercial units will assist in preserving the viability of the nearby local centre.”

Spokesperson for Kiltane Developments

There is currently a ratio of approx three students per one bed space in Edinburgh, showing the demand new PBSA. Kiltane Developments Ltd has said that the PBSA will support growth and development in the higher education sector and they also seek to increase the choice available to students.

“We look forward to getting these proposals underway and will continue to work with council officials and the local community to deliver them.”

Spokesperson for Kiltane Developments

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