CALA reveal plans for Waterfront Plaza


CALA Homes has revealed conceptual plans for its proposed ‘Waterfront Plaza’ development on disused land around Ocean Terminal in Leith.

The plans are for between 400 and 500 homes as part of a wider residential led development on currently disused land, which is owned by Forth Ports.

Dennis Jones, Centre Manager at Ocean Terminal, said, “The proposed development will have a positive effect for the local region and will directly support jobs, not just in Ocean Terminal, but in the wider local area.

“Leith is an area full of character and a development of this nature will add to the continued regeneration, making it one of the most vibrant parts of the country to live, work and visit.”

Stuart Paterson, Chief Financial Officer at Forth Ports, said, “Forth Ports welcomes CALA’s housing development plans for Waterfront Plaza. The area of land is not currently used to the maximum benefit of the local Leith community and we are keen to ensure that this is changed. This is great news for the local area and will help address Edinburgh’s current housing shortage and support the Ocean Terminal retail development.”

CALA Homes has submitted a proposal of application notice to the City of Edinburgh Council relating to an application for full planning permission. A public consultation event is planned for April.

Craig Lynes, Land Director with CALA Homes (East), said, “Leith has been transformed over the past 30 years, however progress has slowed. The recently completed nearby Albert Dock development located off Ocean Drive which included townhouses and apartments was a great success. It is clear there is a demand for a range of high quality properties to include apartments and family homes in the area.”

“Our proposals for Waterfront Plaza are centred around a pedestrianised high quality Public Realm through the development linking the Shore area to Ocean Terminal. The plans will positively regenerate the area and relate to the proposed Tram Route along Ocean Drive whilst addressing a strong and unmet demand for high quality new housing in Leith.

“We would like to develop a range and choice of homes on the site, to include apartments, colonies and family homes including the delivery of much needed affordable housing.

“Of course, we are at the early stages of the process and are very keen to engage with the local community, businesses and key stakeholders to help shape our proposals.”