A revised draft masterplan for Granton Harbour was revealed to locals at a consultation meeting this week.
As we’ve not been sent the consultation materials in electronic form we’re grateful to the members of the Wardie Bay Facebook Page who shared photos from the consultation meeting that illustrate the proposals.
The plans include 1500 new homes, a 124 bed hotel and spa and 30,000 sq metres of commercial space.
Building heights range from 2 to 10 storeys high with the taller blocks generally located towards the north end of the harbour.
This latest draft masterplan sees the number of homes proposed for the site halved. The last plan that was tabled – but withdrawn before planners could throw it out – proposed 1703 homes, which in itself was a reduction on an earlier plan again that would have seen 3396 homes built on the site.
As well as the hotel and new homes, the retail element of the proposals are said to include a “Best of Scotland” indoor market, a fashion outlet mall, a “food court” and restaurants.
And although the developer seems to be able to promote details like the inclusion of free wi-fi at the harbour to attract sea-faring visitors to the site at this stage in the development process, there was apparently no mention of the key active travel links that must be included in this development if it’s to work for its new residents, visitors and integrate into the surrounding community.
Indeed, one Wardie Bay resident who attended the exhibition noted that the plans appeared to include a vast amount of car parking – one space for every household, plus a multi-storey car park for good measure, and the developers also haven’t given up on the tram making it to Granton either.
Looks like it might be time to brush down the comments we submitted to planners on the last proposals.
Pic credits: Wardie Bay Facebook Page