Archaeological survey work to start ahead of new South Queensferry development

AN eight-week archaeological survey will start in February at the site of a new development in South Queensferry as a condition of the approval of the project.

Work will include the stripping of topsoil by heavy machinery, with work led by Edinburgh-based Headland Archaeology, to ensure any historically significant items are recorded and removed.

Housebuilder CALA revealed it has fenced off the entire site, which is popular with dog walkers, and is engaging with direct neighbours, elected officials and the Queensferry and District Community Council (QDCC) to ensure the community is made well aware.

Derek Lawson, strategic land director with CALA Homes (East), said, “The local community has been highly engaged throughout the planning process. It is of great importance to us that this continues throughout the life of the development.

“This survey is a standard process and one of a number of conditions that we must meet. We’re hoping to formally start developing Queensferry Heights in early April 2022 and will continue to liaise with the community and neighbours.”

CALA received planning permission for Queensferry Heights in November 2021 following the conclusion of a legal agreement confirming financial contributions totalling more than £2.2 million to be paid by the firm to City of Edinburgh Council towards education, transport and healthcare. CALA will also upgrade Bo’ness Road and improve footpath connectivity.

Queensferry Heights, which is located on land made available from the completion of the Queensferry Crossing, will see the creation of 176 homes, including 44 affordable homes, 39 of which will be delivered by Manor Estates Housing Association.