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14 Oct 2011
Leith Docks Masterplan
Waterfront & Leith Area Development Framework
The finalised Waterfront and Leith Area Development Framework was approved by Planning Committee on 6 October 2011. The preparation of the Framework follows a series of charrettes (design workshops) which included key stakeholders from across the Waterfront and a period of formal consultation. The outcomes of this informed the final version of the Framework.
The concept of Area Development Frameworks is based on ideas put forward by Sir Terry Farrell during his time as City’s Design Champion.
"One of the areas that Sir Terry considered would benefit from such an approach is the Edinburgh Waterfront. Individual masterplans for the Waterfront have generally lacked proper connections both to the hinterland, adjacent sites and to the city beyond."
Waterfront & Leith Area Development Framework – external link
28 Aug 2008
Leith Docks Masterplan Approval
Plans for massive regeneration of Edinburgh’s Leith Docks given go-ahead
The framework outlines the development of 9 new interconnected sustainable waterfront villages on 144 hectares of brownfield land, an area larger than Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town. The main features of the framework include plans to create up to 15,200 new homes (including up to 3,800 affordable homes), 35 hectares of new open and civic space, public walkways and almost 3km of coastal boardwalk will become accessible for public use.
This approval establishes a foundation for an ongoing process that will shape the future form of Leith Docks. View corridors define 9 new waterfront villages, which will be masterplanned individually or in pairs by a range of masterplanners and architects over a 30 year period. The view corridors offer views to key landmarks in the city centre, including Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat, creating the structure for the framework and linking the waterfront to the city centre.
Nathan Ward, Associate Urban Designer of RMJM said:
"The Leith Docks outline planning application has been developed in close consultation with local residents, community groups, businesses and the City of Edinburgh Council since 2003 and we’re delighted that outline planning permission has been granted. The framework outlines exciting regeneration plans that will provide homes and jobs for thousands of local people, including new parks, public spaces and areas for events and festivals and will transform Edinburgh into an international waterfront city over the next 30 years.
"We’ve worked with the City of Edinburgh 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 City of Edinburgh Council establishes the creation of 9 individual villages and provides continued opportunities for input from local communities and stakeholders as future integrated masterplans for the villages come forward.
"The framework also incorporates an extensive network of footpaths, cycle routes and a main terminus for Edinburgh’s new public tram system, which will connect the waterfront to the city centre. The area will also appeal to visitors as an exciting travel and leisure destination in its own right, adding a waterfront city experience to compliment the popular historic attractions of Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns."
Council demands on Forth Ports are reported as follows:
Despite vociferous opposition from some quarters only 14 objections are reported
Forthside Sep 2007 News Update:
Leith Docks Masterplan infomration from RMJM Architects 060907:
RMJM designs largest planning application in Edinburgh’s history
RMJM’s masterplan for the regeneration of Leith Docks, the largest planning application in Edinburgh’s history, was submitted by Forth Ports on Tuesday.
RMJM has been working with Forth Ports since 2003 to develop a framework for the future regeneration of Leith Docks. This application covers some 144 hectares of brownfield land and will lay the foundations for the next 30 years of development within Edinburgh.
The regeneration will help to reposition Edinburgh as a waterfront city, allowing Leith to reconnect to the waters edge and creating a destination for the city where people can live, work and spend leisure time.
The application submitted on Tuesday outlines the framework for the transformation of the 144 hectare brownfield site, which will comprise a mixture of residential, community, leisure, retail, business and industrial developments. It will create an exciting environment for the local community giving them new parks, public spaces and areas for events and festivals. It includes 35 hectares of new open spaces, public walkways and civic spaces and will incorporate an extensive network of footpaths and cycle routes and sit at the heart of a new public transport interchange.
The masterplan is part of an ongoing process which shapes the future form of the entire development, allowing careful consideration of the formation of streets, spaces and buildings. This will ensure the creation of a mixed and balanced community, where relationships between forms have been fully considered.
View corridors divide the site into 9 new waterfront villages, and provide views back to the key landmarks in the city centre, including Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill and Arthurs Seat. This concept underpins the design framework for the site, with the view corridors providing structure to the development. Each of the new villages will be masterplanned individually or in pairs over a thirty year period, continuing the sustained evolution of the area, and providing variety and variation.
The proposal has been developed in close consultation with the City of Edinburgh Council planning department and will make a significant contribution to Edinburgh in a number of ways. These include helping Edinburgh to meet its housing needs by providing almost 16,000 new homes, 4000 of which are affordable, and making a significant contribution to the local economy, both through the creation of new jobs, additional council tax revenue and expansion of tourism opportunities within the area.
This brownfield development will give the people of Edinburgh the choice to live in a vibrant waterside community, and will ensure that Leith maintains its maritime heritage operating as a capital city port. This functioning port will include provision for cruise ships, naval vessels and leisure craft and will reflect Edinburgh’s needs as a modern, waterfront city.
Nathan Ward, Senior Urban Designer of RMJM said “The regeneration of Leith Docks is a fantastic opportunity for RMJM to share our vision of creating a thriving new urban area that will be a sustainable place to live, work and visit.
Forth Ports Group Chief Executive, Charles Hammond, said: “The Leith Docks outline planning application is one of the largest ever submitted in Scotland and will lay the foundations for the next 30 years of development in Edinburgh. It will regenerate the entire Leith Docks area and re-connect the waterfront with the City of Edinburgh. As well as delivering further regeneration of the waterfront area, this project has real potential to make a huge economic contribution to Edinburgh and Scotland.
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