Following the first public consultation meeting last week, we’re pleased to be able to share details of the early plans the firm has for the site in electronic form.
The proposals make a fairly significant departure from the roundly criticised – and ultimately rejected – plan worked up by Barrats.
There are fewer homes in the Cala draft, and there is also more variety of home types – with 1,2 and 3 bedroom homes included in the plans. The bulk of the site is taken up by 140 homes for private sale, with a block at the western end, at the point closest to Leith Walk, comprised of 45 affordable homes, and 2000 square feet of commercial space in a ground floor unit.
It would also seem the new developer has made serious attempts to address some of the criticisms leveled at the previous plans. The buildings all front onto Brunswick Street in this design. This will help to “complete the street,” and reduces the overshadowing effect on neighbouring developments.
Our contact at Cala has however made it clear that these designs are still in flux and may still be altered to take account of feedback from locals before a formal planning application is submitted to the council. They may even be altered before the next public consultation meeting on the proposals, which is scheduled for the 23rd of August in the MacDonald Road library.
At Greener Leith, we’d love to know your thoughts on these plans, before we consider putting in any comment ourselves. Let us know in the comments to this post, or in private here.