Residents will fight access “all the way”

No entry to new developement by Ferrymuir Gait
No entry to new developement by Ferrymuir Gait

A controversial new housing development in Queensferry overlooking the Forth Bridges has been given the green light.

City councillors voted last week to grant outline planning permission for the former Corus hotel site, which has proposals for 125 two-storey and detached homes.

And the main access will be through the Varney estate, despite strong objections from residents and the town’s community council.

Locals looked for site access via Ferrymuir Gait but the Forth Estuary Transport Authority, which has ownership of the road, has refused usage of this route.

Councillors initially agreed that the proposed access through the Varney estate was not acceptable but council planners said traffic volume would not impact on local roads.

The council is, however, endeavouring to also gain additional access via Ferrymuir Gait when FETA is disbanded in June 2015.

The city council’s planning convenor Ian Perry said: “If we can gain two access roads to the development it would take pressure off the local roads.”

Hamish Campbell, chairman of Varney Resident’s Association, said: “We have no great objection to the housing element, but if access is to be through the Varney, we will fight it all the way.”