Trashing the Green Belt

Edinburgh Greens have reacted with dismay after the city’s planning committee voted – with the sole exception of the Green councillor present  – to recommend the so-called “Garden District” for approval on a huge swathe of Greenbelt land.

Green planning spokesperson Cllr Nigel Bagshaw said:

“Sticking the adjective, “garden” in front of a development neither makes it green nor in the city’s best interest.

“Edinburgh needs more housing: affordable housing in compact and well-serviced neighbourhoods, making use of existing brownfield sites. It absolutely does not need developments like this: suburban sprawl, Greenbelt-wrecking and with poor links to transport, walking and cycling.

“Presumably, this is why planning officers recommended refusal.  The planning committee members who backed this scheme should hang their heads in shame.”