A plan for 155 new homes on the former Eastern General Hospital site has been submitted by Hillcrest Housing Association.
The design incorporates 44 one bedroom flats, 38 two bedroom flats, 34 three bedroom flats, 2 three bedroom houses and 6 four bedroom houses. In addition, there are two listed buildings on the site which will also be converted into homes.
70 of the homes will be for social rent, 70 for “mid-market rent” and the remainder will be for private sale.
There will be no through road for vehicles between Seafield Street and Fleming Place, but there are quite a few pedestrian path connections into and out of the site.
A new path connection will be made to the existing footpath that runs along the edge of the golf course and footpaths will also help to connect the site into the existing cycle path network. And each of the houses, apart from a block specifically designed for older people, will have access to secure cycle provision.
The developers have been brave, if a bit macabre, by taking the design decision to convert the former chapel and mortuary into a three bedroom home. At least one of the bedrooms will apparently go where the bodies were formerly stored.
The architects, Smith Scott Mullan, have arguably done a decent job considering that the site has numerous level changes and a huge sewer running underneath it that limits what can be built where.
The other issue that many may wonder about is the proximity of the site to the Seafield sewerage works. Unsurprisingly, developers argue that the famous Seafield Stench is now far better controlled, and thus won’t be a nuisance.
But as recently as last November a council report noted that even after £20m had been spent by Scottish Water on an Odour Improvement Plan: “..data collected during the monitoring programme and the outcome of consultations have established that the frequency and unpleasant nature of the odour emissions continue to be offensive to the local community and interfere with local people’s enjoyment of the amenities within the community.
And although more recent changes to the way the storm tanks on the site are managed is said to have lead to further improvements, reports on Twitter during this week’s hot weather have suggest that not all those whiffs are as well contained as Scottish Water might have prospective residents believe.
Ooh Seafield you're a wee bit whiffy today. *holds nose*
— MrsMcSerialSockThief (@serialsockthief) July 11, 2013
You can comment or find out more about the application on the council website here.