Developers north of the border have forced the Scottish Executive to launch a public inquiry investigating the possibility of building on Edinburgh’s green belt.
Ten firms called on the Scottish government to overrule the city’s policy as set out in the council’s ‘local plan’ which bans any development on the protected green land.
The inquiry, to be held next year, will look into projects such as Edinburgh Zoo’s plan to sell land to housebuilders to fund improvements, and Fife-based developer Boyack Homes’ proposal to build a 62ha housing scheme on green-belt land just outside the city.
Speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News, the city’s planning leader Jim Lowrie said the council will fight the developers’ proposals at the public inquiry.
The council has already identified a green-belt site at Newcraighall, Lowrie said, allowing for more than 400 new homes to be built.
Lowrie said: ‘Other developers have their own sites that they would like to see opened up, as they believe these will be easier for them to build homes on.
‘However, we are very reluctant to allow any more development on the city's green belt.’