Joy for Kirkliston as no more homes to be built in village

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Kirkliston residents will be celebrating to hear no more homes will be built in their village.

Locals had rallied together last year when they discovered proposals were in place to erect houses on Allison Park, Foxhall, Kirkliston East and Craigiehall.

A campaign was launched last December in opposition of the plans which would see their only green space, Allison Park, sacrificed to make way for around 40 new buildings.

However, this week the Scottish Government has made its recommendations for the Local Development Plan for Edinburgh and has refused the proposed changes to the plan which would have allowed the developments to take place. The Foxhall proposal has not been refused outright, however, it has not been given permission to go ahead giving locals a reason to celebrate.

Councillor Ian Perry, convener of the planning committee, said “One of the key issues for Edinburgh is a shortage of housing and I am pleased the report states that overall there is sufficient land to deliver the housing the city needs.

“The Council will now consider the recommendations contained in the report at the planning committee on September 5 with a view to fully adopting the plan by the end of 2016.”