Anger at plans for 900 homes

Land next to Builyeon Road proposed for housing under the  city council's LDP2
Land next to Builyeon Road proposed for housing under the city council's LDP2

Residents in South Queensferry are unhappy with a planning applications that could see nearly 900 houses built near the town.

PPCA Ltd and Farningham Planning Ltd are seeking permission for the huge development on land near Builyeon Road.

The plans include building a new primary school and roads on the 39.8 hectares of land currently located within the Edinburgh green belt and identified as a preferred location for future housing in the council’s development plan.

However, not all residents are happy with the proposals, with concerns voiced over congestion and more pressure on already stretched amenities.

Kevin Scott on Facebook said: “Edinburgh Council and these developers are turning Queensferry into one big housing estate.”

Craig Ferguson said: “Slowly but surely they are destroying Queensferry. We already have the development at the old Agilent site which has turned Scotstoun Avenue into a race track.

“While they are proposing a new school, time will tell if that actually happens. What about other services and recreational facilities to cope with more and more family housing?

“This development will also impact on traffic congestion and pollution.

“At a time when the Government is pushing for people to leave their cars at home and use public transport, this throws up even more problems. You have to question the motives of planners and councillors. Do they have the best interests of Queensferry at heart?”

Chris McGuire added: “The high school will have to grow, and doctors and dentists are already very busy. There are already massive waiting lists for everything in the area. Just building a new primary school is not enough community investment.”

The application comes nearly two years after councillors gave the green light for a maximum of 30,000 new homes to be built across Edinburgh.

At that time Diane Job, planning convener for Queensferry and District Community Council, said: “We feel that we have been badly let down by a City Council who ignore the views of South Queensferry residents on most matters.”

Residents have until May 13 to comment on the proposals and can do so via the City of Edinburgh Council website.