Important first phase of Edinburgh’s strategic ‘Garden District’ development set to go to Scottish Ministers

Approval would deliver 1,350 new homes and 150 jobs

Murray Estates plans for investment at Redheughs Village, to the west of Edinburgh, are set to go to Scottish Ministers this month for a decision.

Royal Bank of Scotland, which owns the adjacent Gogarburn Campus, is supportive of the development after Murray Estates agreed to minimise disruption to the 6000 people who work at the bank’s HQ.

This paves the way for Ministers to consider a proposal which carries the substantial support of City Councillors and is set to deliver up to 1,350 new homes of various types, including 330 much needed affordable homes. It is estimated that the development will support nearly 150 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs by year five and maintain 137 jobs sustainably from its ninth year onwards. The proposal also includes plans for new primary and nursery schools and a 40-acre park.

The Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) withdrew its objections in October 2017.

David D. Murray, Managing Director of Murray Capital Group, parent company of Murray Estates, commented:

“The ‘Garden District’ project is a critically important development for the economic benefit of Scotland’s capital. The city economy desperately needs a good mixture of quality housing that is well connected to Edinburgh’s growing transport infrastructure, including the new Edinburgh Gateway Station. If approved, this development will meet those needs and help unlock growth in a wonderful living environment.

 “We have worked closely with those organisations neighbouring the development, not least SASA and Royal Bank of Scotland, and are now delighted to have secured their support.”

Malcolm Buchanan, Chair of Royal Bank of Scotland’s Scotland Board, said:

We have held constructive discussions with Murray Capital Group and are delighted that they have committed to ensuring disruption to our HQ is kept to an absolute minimum. We are very supportive of growing the city’s economy and hope that this new ‘Garden District’ will help deliver a significant boost to businesses and communities in the region.”