CONSTRUCTION is set to get underway at a new 980-home development in South Queensferry that has been ten years in the planning.
Cala announced the first spade will hit the ground at the housebuilder’s Builyeon Road site in the first week of May. The location lies between the Queensferry Crossing and Forth Road Bridge approaches.
The 44-hectare development also has provision for a new primary school, a care home and commercial units including a food store, restaurants and fuel filling station.
Bulk earth works are expected to be complete by the end of this year, with drainage and infrastructure works for the main spine road forecast to be completed next March.
Total section 75 (planning gain) contributions by Cala for the Builyeon Road site will exceed £11 million. Derek Lawson, strategic land director with Cala Homes (East), said, “The site designs for Builyeon Road has been heavily shaped by engagement with the local community and as we prepare to kick-start this important development, we will focus on keeping the community fully informed of ongoing progress. We have set up a dedicated website to share updates on site progress, at www.cala.co.uk/builyeonroad
“It is fair to say this project has been a long time in the making and we are pleased to reach this important milestone and to push forward in providing much needed homes and community facilities for South Queensferry.”
Civils contractor I&H Brown has been contracted to undertake the bulk earthworks. The site will be enrolled in the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
Duncan Brown, director with I&H Brown, said, “We are delighted to be working with Cala Homes to deliver the infrastructure at their major Builyeon Road development in South Queensferry. Our involvement follows extensive community engagement by Cala Homes to design the masterplan and we are excited to help them realise their vision for the site.”
The designs were crafted with local community in mind following online consultations and engagement with the local community – guided by the Queensferry District Community Council (QDCC).
Keith Giblett, chair of Queensferry and District Community Council, added, “After many years of uncertainty, it is great to see the site work starting. We’ll be continuing our intensive engagement with Cala. We also look forward to finding out how the local authority will allocate the considerable funds that this site will generate through planning gain payments.”