Housing plan for Queensferry site

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THE former Agilent Technologies site in Queensferry is set to be redeveloped with up to 450 homes.

The electronics plant has lain empty since September 2009 and although initial interest was shown by Bellway Homes, their proposal fell through.

Housing developers CALA and David Wilson Homes have now agreed to purchase the land and propose to build 450 family houses and flats along with a small retail unit, starting as early as Spring 2014.

The principal features of the site design, which already has planning permission in principle, will all be retained, including a pedestrian and cycle route through the site, three public open spaces, the retention of trees on the perimeter of the site, and provision for 60 new parking spaces at Dalmeny Station.

Ewan McIntyre of EMA, architects for the development said: “Agilent and Queensferry and District Community Council (QDCC) have already carried out a huge amount of work in creating the approved masterplan.

“The approved design provides clear guidance about how the detailed design should be developed, and we’re very confident that the final design will be of exemplary quality commensurate with the location, scale and importance of the site.”

QDCC’s Terry Airlie added: “We would encourage as many local residents as possible to engage in the consultation process as well as when detailed plans are submitted to the city council for consideration.”

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