Edinburgh Development Plan: missed opportunity

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian has slammed today’s decision by Edinburgh city council to approve a new Local Development Plan, saying it was obsessed with suburban sprawl rather than building affordable homes. 

The long-awaited plan allocates land around the city for the next 10 years, and has been driven by controversial Scottish Government projections that more than 100,000 new homes are needed across South-east Scotland. It earmarks areas such as Brunstane, Cammo and Newmills for development.

Alys and Alison with George and Pat in front of the proposed development site

Alys Mumford and Alison Johnstone with local residents in front of one of the proposed development sites

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

“It’s frustrating to see this plan being passed without addressing the real concerns of communities around Edinburgh where unnecessary developments are earmarked. Our city has thousands of empty homes, plenty of brownfield sites and land that has been banked by developers. That is where the focus should be.

“The city urgently needs more affordable homes – homes which are built in compact communities with easy access to services and transport.  Much of the LDP debate has sadly been about swapping suburban sprawl in one location for sprawl in another, without fundamentally addressing the need for a spreading the city at all.

“It is a missed opportunity to develop a sustainable city region.”