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Some Current and Recent Projects

Edinburgh's Garden District (Murray Estates)

HolderPlanning is the lead consultant on the Garden District, which is a visionary sustainable development for the expansion of the City. It is located to the west of the City, close to Edinburgh Park and with excellent links to the road network and major public transport links. 

The Masterplan for the 650 acre site has been shaped by community consultation, the collaboration of renowned experts in the fields of development and architecture, respect for the environment, and adherence to Scottish planning policy for sustainable development. It will provide:

  • Three new villages containing a total of 6,000 new homes, 25% of which will be defined as "affordable" by the Council.

  • A possible new regional stadium and a sports hub to encourage active participation in a range of sports.

  • Proximity to jobs and the City.

  • The retention and creation of green networks and woodlands.

  • The building of new schools and community facilities.

  • The enhanced usage of the Union Canal.

  • Design based upon the best Scottish traditions.

  • Homes within walking distance of facilities and public transport.

  • The provision for enhanced transport links e.g. the Orbital bus, walking and cycling routes.

Edinburgh Technopole (Trinity IM)

Edinburgh Technopole is a unique science and business park, specifically designed to offer the flexibility required by new, growing and established companies. HolderPlanning assisted in obtaining detailed planning permission for laboratory and office facilities, including the negotiation of Section 75 agreement, securing a reduction in the financial contribution requested from £500K to less than £150K.

Edinburgh Airport 

HolderPlanning are planning advisers to Edinburgh Airport.  Our role includes representing the Airport’s interest in local planning matters We are currently project managing the preparation of the Edinburgh Airport Masterplan, as well as promoting an hotel and commercial development.

Royal Hospital for Sick Children

The Downing Group have recently acquired the RHSC from the NHS and have instructed HolderPlanning to manage the public consultation process and submission of a detailed planning application. The emerging proposals comprise residential development and student accommodation and potentially other uses, subject to public consultation. The Sick Kids Hospital has an iconic status in the City, and now that its original function has come to an end, the challenge will be to redevelop it in a manner which is sensitive to the important legacy that it leaves behind. This will mean securing the retention and renovation of Listed Buildings and ensuring that any new development is appropriate to the local character of the area. HolderPlanning is working closely with the local community to ensure that all views are properly taken into account.

Forth Ports

HolderPlanning are retained planning advisers to Forth Ports who own and operate ports in Edinburgh, Dundee, Fife and Grangemouth.  Our role includes representing their interest in local planning matters, permitted development and planning applications to assist in their ongoing growth as a major infrastructure company. 

Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

HolderPlanning are retained planning advisers to Ocean Terminal Ltd. Our role includes the preparation, submission and monitoring of planning applications including recently securing planning permission for an extension to the centre to enable H&M to relocate to a larger, more prominent unit. In February 2017, we also attained Planning Permission in Principle for a 230 bedroom hotel and boardwalk adjacent to the shopping centre. 

Care UK

HolderPlanning obtained detailed planning permission for 63-bedroom care home on land allocated as open space at South Beechwood, West Edinburgh. The application was refused by the Council due to the loss of open space within a residential area, however, a successful appeal was lodged and the proposal was subsequently granted. Detailed planning permission has also been attained on behalf of Care UK for a 60-bedroom care home at Inchview Terrace, Edinburgh.

Dalhousie Chesters, Bonnyrigg

HolderPlanning were successful in the promotion of this site on behalf of Taylor Wimpey as an allocation for 1,000 homes in the Midlothian LDP. We are now instructed to submit a planning application and to manage the public consultation process. We are also managing the preparation of an Environmental Assessment.

Ferrygate, North Berwick 

HolderPlanning gained planning permission for Miller Homes on appeal for this unallocated greenfield site on the western edge of North Berwick. We were also involved in the successful legal challenge against the refusal of the first appeal. Miller Homes began construction of the 140 homes in 2017.

Blindwells, East Lothian 

HolderPlanning are advising Taylor Wimpey on the planning and masterplanning of a new town in East Lothian, comprising 6,000 homes with community facilities and shops within a new town centre. Following successful negotiations with the Council, the proposal is supported by SESplan and the land safeguarded in the Local Development Plan.

Edinburgh Rugby

HolderPlanning advised Edinburgh Rugby on planning matters related to their recent successful move to Myreside. We submitted a planning application for 2 new stands and hospitality facilities, for which we secured permission in 8 weeks despite hundreds of objections. We are currently in the process of securing a permanent permission.

Salamander Place

To be completed 

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