Is Garden District key to our housing?

Proposed housing plan for SQ in LDP2
Proposed housing plan for SQ in LDP2

Community leaders are hopeful that recent talks with a Scottish Minister could see a sympathetic view taken on future housing in the town.

The meeting with Scottish Communities Minister Alex Neil was aimed to highlight concerns over the prospect of a further 1500 homes over and above the 700 already planned for the town.

The talks were staged prior to the city council’s decision last week to ditch its responsibilities for local planning issues and pass them over to Scottish Ministers.

Queensferry and District Community Council chairman Keith Giblett said: “We were disappointed at the council’s move.

“But its motion to recommend the ‘Garden District’, on land west of The Gyle, be included in the LDP2 could help reduce the number of homes inBuilyeon Road 
and South Scotstoun.

“If we are to have up to 1000 homes at Builyeon Road, we will call for a moratorium on housing at South Scotstoun.”

He added: “While we agree there is a need for more affordable housing, there needs to be a strategic and economic review of the town before housing is granted.

“We need serious improvements across the board, including community facilities, a larger health practice and increased car parking facilities.”