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RMJM wins outline planning permission to transform Leith Docks

Edinburgh City Council has given outline planning permission to RMJM’s vast Leith Docks development framework, that will transform the city’s waterfront.

It is the largest planning application ever to be considered by Edinburgh Council and outlines the development of nine interconnected waterfront ‘villages’ over the next 30 years.

The Leith Docks project will regenerate 144ha of brownfield land, which, according to RMJM, is an area larger than Edinburgh’s New Town.

It will aim to create up to 15,200 new homes as well as 35ha of new open space and almost 3km of coastal boardwalk for public use.

RMJM’s associate urban designer Nathan Ward, said: ‘We’ve worked with the council to create a very unique and collaborative strategy, which has allowed us to create a simple and flexible framework.

‘This process began in 2004 with the creation of supplementary planning guidance. The adoption of this outline planning application by the council establishes the creation of nine individual villages and provides continued opportunities for input from local communities and stakeholders as future integrated masterplans for the villages come forward.’

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