Caltongate – Council must go back to drawing board

The news that Mountgrange, the developers behind Caltongate, have gone into administration gives the City of Edinburgh Council an opportunity to reconsider its approach to the area, Greens today argued.

In particular, the Council should now take a proper look at the community’s own proposals for regeneration, which would retain public ownership of the land, space for local business to grow, and affordable family housing.

Robin Harper MSP said:

“This was the wrong project for the High Street, demolishing existing housing and facilities and putting corporate hotel space ahead of the needs of the local community. The current economic crisis hanging over Edinburgh may seem like a black cloud, but the end of the Caltongate scheme may turn out be one of the very few silver linings.

“The part of the site where the old bus station used to be does need to be redeveloped, and the local community have put forward some great ideas for what to do with it. Their plans, which the Council should now look at seriously, would help local business grow, help families find affordable housing, retain public ownership of the land for future generations, and uphold the good architectural principle of refurbishment for reuse rather than demolition and rebuild.”

Notes

1. See: http://www.eh8.org.uk/the_alternative_strategy_for_regenerating_the_canongate