Scotland’s equivalent to CABE made the comments in their newly published report from the design review panel, which met on 14 October 2008.
The Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) report said ‘it is not clear what the urban positions are’ and that the project had ‘moved too quickly to address a level of detail’.
Concerns were also raised over the distance of the town centre from the community, and that it straddles a main road.
Craigmillar is a joint project between lead design consultants Broadway Malyan, planning consultants Montagu Evans and PARC, a joint venture company comprising planning agency EDI, City of Edinburgh Council plus community representatives.
A PARC spokesman said A+DS had misunderstood the design team’s plans saying the format of the presentation made it difficult to put the town centre in context of ‘one of the largest and most complex regeneration projects in Scotland’.
The plans include housing, offices, open space, a new high school and library, and were submitted for outline planning in July this year.
Craigmillar is an area of Edinburgh, south-east of the city centre, composed mainly of post and inter-war public housing schemes.
The plan for a new town centre is part of a wider regeneration master plan which gained Urban Development Fund approval in 2005.
A decision is expected early in 2009 and if consent is given, work will start later in the year.