Edinburgh council has approved a revised masterplan by Wilson + Gunn Architects for the Granton Harbour site in Edinburgh
The council’s development management committee backed the proposals after developer Granton Central Developments (GCD) made assurances on affordable housing provision.
The revised scheme increases the number of homes from 2,094 to 2,102, with GCD promising to provide 127 affordable units out of a total of 861 on sites that it owns.
A report by planners said that although the affordable percentage of 14.7 per cent was below the 15 per cent required by local planning policy, ‘the applicant has confirmed in writing that it intends to fully comply with the terms of the existing section 75 agreement on the sites in its ownership’.
The committee also threw its weight behind the scheme’s non-residential elements, which include two retail, commercial and leisure centres.
This part of the application had been excluded from the previously approved masterplan because the applicant did not submit a retail assessment.
Planners said that a newly submitted assessment ‘supports the level of retail use proposed, and demonstrates that this will not have an unacceptable impact on the city centre, ocean terminal or other local centres’.
Outline permission for the 33ha site was originally granted to previous owner Forth Ports in 2003. In 2009, after the site was sold to GCD, the council approved a new masterplan, with the first set of amendments approved in 2014.
The scheme also proposes a larger community boatyard and improved facilities for local yacht clubs.
Edinburgh harbour - Wilson Gunn