Plans approved for mixed-use Gorgie Road development

PLANS for a new mixed-use development at Gorgie Road in Edinburgh have been given the green light.

An application by Edinburgh-based Kiltane Developments has been granted, subject to conditions, by the City of Edinburgh Council development management sub-committee.

Kiltane wants to build 28 flats (eight of which will be affordable housing), 140 student flats and 77 student studios. Three commercial units are also proposed to be made available for retail, financial and professional services use.

There is a requirement in the area for up to two-bed flats and 26 of the 28 units fall into this category.

There will be 264 cycle parking spaces and car parking will be provided in the existing underground storage area.

The proposal seeks to extend the public amenity between the building edge and the Water of Leith Walkway to provide a shared space.

A spokesperson for Kiltane Developments said, “I’m delighted with the decision taken today 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.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. We are also providing an attractive frontage on the Water of Leith and significantly enhancing the public realm, including upgrades to the public footpath.

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