Change of plans

TWO important development sites in Queensferry are back in the spotlight again this week.

Developers of the Agilent site, Muir Smith Evans, have submitted a planning application in principle for the redevelopment of the Scotstoun plant, while the former Queensferry motel site at Ferrygait is back on the market.

Muir Smith Evans in their submission say the masterplan includes a mix of uses that are appropriate in scale and character to the location.

One noticeable change, however, is that the developer now looks to create 450 homes as opposed to 375. And parking for rail commuters has been increased from 40 to 60 spaces.

The planning application (reference number 11/00995/PPP) can be viewed on the city council’s planning website.

At the former motel site, estate agents Rettie and Co are pursuing a buyer for the land. Back in 2003 house builders Miller Homes were granted planning permission to build over 140 homes there but it caused public outcry. Their application was refused following an appeal to Scottish Ministers.

In June 2006, the 10.3 acre site was made an Identified Housing Site (HGS5) with a capacity of just 117 homes under the Adopted Rural West Edinburgh Local Plan.