Public to have its say ahead of planning application for new homes in Edinburgh

TAYLOR Wimpey East Scotland is to host an online public consultation event ahead of plans to make a Planning Permission in Principle application to The City of Edinburgh Council to build around 150 new homes through the development of further land at Highfield, Gilmerton.

The application will be made later this year along with development partner BL Chesser.

Located between the A7 Old Dalkeith Road and the B701 Ferniehill Road, on land adjacent to the ‘Drum’ estate, the proposed development will offer a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes, of which 25% will be affordable.

Taylor Wimpey will host the digital consultation on Monday 18 January between 1.30pm-3.30pm and 5.00pm-7.30pm to keep the local community informed of its proposals. Members of the public will have the chance to speak to the design team and provide feedback and comments about the proposed development.

Pauline Mills, land & planning director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, said, “Our online public consultation event is an important part of our community engagement strategy for a new development, which allows us to discuss our development proposals for the area with key stakeholders and members of the community. Our public consultation event on Monday 18 January 2021 for Highfield will give us the opportunity to understand and consider the views from as many stakeholders as possible as we develop our proposal for our next development in the Gilmerton area of Edinburgh.

“Unfortunately, due to the ongoing health emergency, we are unable to hold our public consultation event in the traditional format, however I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the local community to engage with us online to share their views so that we may consider these as we develop our emerging development proposal.

“Alternatively, our ‘Have your say’ form is also available on our website, and members of the public can give us their feedback in that way if this is more convenient.”

The public consultation information boards, along with details of how to join the online consultation event, are available at