Public to have a say on proposed Currie development

AN Edinburgh-based developer is calling on the local community to give their views on a potential new development north of Currie that includes a new road to relieve pressure on Lanark Road West.

CALA Homes has formally submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to the City of Edinburgh Council in respect of land at Currievale.

The proposal includes a public transport corridor linking the A70 west of Newmills Road through to Riccarton Mains Road and beyond. CALA said previous studies indicate this would result in environmental and connectivity benefits, with a 30% traffic reduction on Lanark Road West.

There is also an opportunity to create new parking and a mobility hub at Curriehill Station to provide better accessibility to the rail service.

Derek Lawson, strategic land director with CALA Homes (East), said, “We’re keen to hear views on the future sustainable growth of the A70 corridor. The site at Currievale provides an opportunity to prepare a cohesive masterplan for the area. CALA views this proposal as more than just a development site, but as an opportunity to create wider benefit for the existing community.”

CALA added that it believes the site could provide an alternative location for the replacement of Currie High School, which would allow for teaching to continue at the current site while the replacement school is constructed.

Derek Lawson added, “We are consulting extensively to ensure that that the public have an opportunity to input their views and shape our proposals, in particular how it may be shaped to support businesses and initiatives in the area. We encourage the community to attend and ask any questions they may have.”

The Scottish Government has suspended in-person public consultation events due to Covid-19. Full details about the proposals will be made available to the public at 9am on Tuesday 22 June on the project website:

An online consultation will then take place between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday 22 June. Consultants will be available to answer questions and receive feedback through a typed, two-way chat system. The website will remain live until Tuesday 13 July to allow an extended period to view the material and contact the team or provide written feedback.