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25 Jan 2018

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Pennywell Living Edinburgh Planning Permission News

Planning permission for the next phase of regeneration at the award-winning Pennywell Living development has been granted by the City of Edinburgh Council yesterday (Wednesday 24 January).

Pennywell Phase 3 Public Space
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12 Sep 2017

Pennywell Living Edinburgh News

Pennywell Living Edinburgh Regeneration Project


Planning permission for the next phase of regeneration at the award-winning Pennywell Living development has been submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council.

The application, from regeneration firm Urban Union and architects and town planners Barton Willmore, includes plans for 315 dwellings, landscaping and associated drainage and infrastructure at the site. If successful the dwellings will comprise 175 flats and 140 houses of which 134 will be available for private sale.

Urban Union Lorimer Pennywell Living Development
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The plans form phase three of four at the Pennywell development, which is part of the council’s ambitious 21st Century Homes programme and is one of Scotland’s largest housing-led regeneration projects.

Urban Union has already delivered 193 homes of which 108 were for social and mid-market rent and 85 properties were offered for private sale. In total over 700 homes will be delivered at the development, with work expected to be completed in 2021.

Neil McKay, managing director of Urban Union, said: “The first two phases at Pennywell Living were a great success. Hundreds of people are now enjoying the high quality and energy efficient accommodation. The transformation of Pennywell is already well underway and we look forward to receiving the council’s decision regarding phase three and, if successful, we anticipate work will start in summer 2018.”

Jon Parry, Associate Architect at Barton Willmore said: “Submission of the planning application for this major phase of the area’s regeneration is a significant milestone. Our masterplanners, architects, planners and landscape designers have worked closely with Urban Union, 21st Century Homes and the local community to ensure the proposals meet the needs of the area; we are extremely proud of the positive change that our designs are contributing towards.”

The extensive Pennywell development is the result of a major investment of £42 million by the City of Edinburgh Council and includes £7.9 million grant funding from the Scottish Government. It was also recently shortlisted in the Inside Housing Best Regeneration Project (non-London) Awards with the results announced in November.

Urban Union creates revitalised communities through building new, high quality, affordable homes. It currently has three live developments in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth with plans to add a further two Glasgow locations in 2017.

Urban Union – a partnership between Robertson and McTaggart Construction – is keen to ensure projects benefit the local landscape and community so the site features a linear park and a mix of accommodation, with potential for commercial opportunities and retail outlets.


Urban Union
Urban Union is a unique partnership formed by McTaggart Construction and Robertson Group Holdings to specifically deliver large-scale regeneration projects. Both partners have a proven track record in delivering mixed tenure projects and working to deliver ‘community benefits in procurement’ in Glasgow, Edinburgh and further afield.

Urban Union is currently delivering three large-scale regeneration projects – Pennywell Living, Edinburgh. Laurieston Living, Glasgow and Muirton Living, Perth. The joint venture supports the priority given to targeted recruitment, training and supply chain opportunities presented all its projects. Both Urban Union partners have extensive regeneration experience and share a common view on social responsibility.

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