Reporter allows extra time for completion of 1,850-home Edinburgh scheme

A reporter has granted permission for an extension of time to complete the implementation of a 1,850-home development which was initially approved in 2003.

Granton Harbour (pic: M J Richardson via Geograph)
Granton Harbour (pic: M J Richardson via Geograph)

An outline application for the mixed-use Granton Harbour development comprising a marina, 1,850 residential units, hotel plus serviced apartments, shops, restaurants, cafes, public houses, leisure facilities and general business floorspace, had been approved by the council in 2003.

The approval was subject to a condition setting a time limit on the permission of 15 years.

The appellant, Edinburgh Marina Holdings, had sought to amend the time-limiting condition, to extend the duration of the permission for five years to 2023. Following the council's non-determination of the application, the developer appealed.

In his reasoning, the reporter recognised the complexity of the development masterplan and the infrastructure requirements involved in delivering the project, as well as the effect of the 2008 recession, in causing delays.

However, he acknowledged that considerable progress had been made nevertheless, with roads and flats completed.

Taking account of the development that had taken place already, the work that was ongoing in respect of detailed consents and pending decisions on the remaining reserved matters applications, he considered it logical to allow an extension to the time-limiting condition.

In the reporter's view, the existing outline planning permission still provided an appropriate framework for the redevelopment of the harbour area, which accorded with the adopted development plan aspirations to maximise the potential of the area.

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