Residents to have their say on Powderhall housing proposals

The Powderhall waste transfer site
(Image credit: Smith Scott Mullan Associates)

EDINBURGH residents are being invited to drop-in events this week as the capital’s council looks to gather views on the ongoing transformation of Powderhall.

Council officers will be joined by Cruden Building and Smith Scott Mullan Associates to take questions and gather views on the local authority’s vision for new housing on the former waste transfer station site at Broughton Road.

The blueprint details the build of 240 new energy efficient, mixed-tenure homes at the site. In addition, plans for the wider area comprises redevelopment of an adjacent former bowling green site for 27 affordable homes for older people.

(Image credit: Smith Scott Mullan Associates)

Furthermore, the B-listed stables building on Broughton Road is planned to be refurbished. It will be converted into a flexible event and exhibition space with a community art workshop, whilst new public realm and improved cycling and walking in St Mark’s path are also proposed. These phases have previously been the subject of community consultation and have received planning permission.

Councillor Jane Meagher, housing, homelessness, and fair work convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said, “The closure of the old waste transfer site at Powderhall has created a unique opportunity for us to create a sustainable neighbourhood which benefits everyone in the area.

“Alongside affordable new homes – which will form an important part of our housebuilding target – our vision for Powderhall is to create enjoyable new public spaces and a truly intergenerational community. There will be dozens of employment opportunities too, as we also protect and preserve the nearby 1890s stable block for a whole variety of new uses.

“Local people have been very engaged to date and I hope that their views will genuinely shape this next phase of the project. The potential for Powderhall is incredible and we really want to make sure we get the designs right. The feedback from these drop-ins will help us.”

The in-person consultation session will take place this Wednesday (June 15) between 16:00 and 19:30 at the McDonald Road Library. A virtual drop-in will also go live on Thursday (June 16) between 16:00 and 19:30, with a presentation and Q&A starting at each hour.

views on Wednesday 15 June between 4:00pm and 7:30pm. This will take place at McDonald Road Library.

A virtual drop-in will also go live on Thursday 16 June between 4:00pm and 7:30pm, with a presentation and Q&A starting each hour (4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm). For residents unable to attend these events, a consultation website will open on Wednesday 15 June for three weeks, closing on Wednesday 6 July.