Port of Leith Housing Association (POLHA) have submitted plans to develop a builders yard at 17 Madeira Street.
There are currently some single storey buildings on the roughly L-shaped site which is currently occupied by Cornhill Building Services.
The proposals would see the existing buildings demolished and replaced with 4 new flats that would front onto Madeira Street. In addition, the association also plans to construct 8 new single bedroom flats in an extension to St Nicholas Court.
Each of the 12 new flats will have one-bedroom. The Madeira Street block will be rented by POLHA at the slightly more pricey mid-market rates, not social rent levels, whilst the flats in the extended sheltered housing block will also be ‘affordable.’
According to the design statement submitted with the application: “The proposed development has a contemporary appearance, whilst making reference to the site’s historic context.
“The new addition to Madeira Street takes reference from neighbouring building lines, heights and materials.
“By creating a secure and private environment, the extension to St Nicholas Court is, in contrast, perhaps more introspective – in keeping with the lanes and pends found in the Madeira area of Leith.
“A simple palette of quality materials will be employed. The proposed building on Madeira Street will be faced in ashlar sandstone on the front, street elevation, with roughcast render to the rear, grey single ply membrane to a low pitched roof and grey windows and doors. The extension to St Nicholas court will use the same materials, but the walls will be finished with a fair-faced concrete block – similar to, but distinct from the existing building – and dark grey cement fibre cladding.”
POLHA say that in initial consultations that they’ve held with locals, the response to the plans has been ‘generally positive,’ and at first look it’s difficult to see much to object to in these proposals.
You can find all the documentation on the council planning portal by searching for ref: 14/05105/FUL