A planning application to convert a listed whisky bond on Assembly Street into eleven flats has been submitted to the council by Places for People, working with Leith based, Sutherland Hussey Architects.
As well as the proposals for the ‘C’ listed whisky bond, the plans also modify a previous consent that would see a new build block replace a series of other workshop buildings adjacent to the listed building.
The new proposals would see the number of apartments in the new build block reduced to 14 and they would all be for “mid-market” rent.
The proposal tackles an awkward, abandoned and decaying site which the developers and the council have clearly struggled to find a solution for in the past.
The new build component of the development, which would replace the non-listed industrial units on the site to make up the northern and eastern edges of the site would be developed to produce a “courtyard style” development that residents access by foot from a gate on Assembly Street.
Planning permission was previously granted by the council to convert the site to residential use, but it would appear the earlier proposal also squeezed a commercial unit into the plans and some car parking. The latest plan has dropped the commercial unit from the proposals and instead of car parking the developers have pledged to build secure bike storage for two bikes per household, and fund two City Car Club spaces on the street outside.
These changes allow the architects to claim that: “The apartments are compact and efficient but have been developed to give a much increased size from those proposed in the application that was granted in 2007. The external amenity spaces have also been much improved over this application due to the reduction of cars proposed on site.”
To the untrained eye this proposal looks like an improvement on the earlier plans, as well as a creative re-use of a derelict site to provide relatively affordable housing. What do you think of it?
You can find more details of the proposal on the council planning portal. The public consultation period on the proposals ends on the 24th January 2014.