Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom (PressExposure) August 06, 2012 -- Plans for more than 400 homes on the site of a former factory in South Queensferry have been given the green light, AnRo recently heard. The former Agilent Technologies site has lain empty since the business moved to smaller premises in 2010, shedding 200 jobs in the process. However, planning permission has now been granted in principle for 450 residential units and 1400 square metres of commercial floorspace at the Scotstoun Avenue/Ashburnham Loan site and the company is now seeking a developer to take on the scheme.
The plans, which include affordable units and a mix of detached, semi-detached, terraced and flatted properties, have been welcomed by Queensferry Community Council, which believes that the development will help boost the local economy.
Our source at AnRo, an Edinburgh-based sales and marketing company said, "It's never good to see property with such potential lying empty. It'll be great for the area, to have some new housing, and also a bit of space for local businesses to move in, and help the economy."
Heritage body the Cockburn Association also backed the proposals but raised concerns about retaining space between South Queensferry and nearby Dalmeny. Jon Grounsell, convener of the association's cases committee, said: "Our main concern with the proposed application layout is for the separate and distinct identity of Dalmeny village. There is a very grave danger that South Queensferry and Dalmeny will appear to have coalesced if development proceeds as envisaged."
However, in recommending approval council planners said that the main east coast railway line remained a physical barrier between Dalmeny and South Queensferry which would "retain a strong visual boundary". They added that creating strong pedestrian links between Scotstoun and Dalmeny Station and Queensferry High School was a key part of making the site work.
"We're sure they'll not have much trouble finding a buyer for the site," said our source at AnRo, "With the planning permission all there, and such a great location, I'm sure many developers would be very keen to develop the area."
Agilent Technologies which still employs 200 people at Edinburgh Park, has now enlisted Capital property agents Cushman & Wakefield, to find a developer keen to build the development. Cushman & Wakefield associate Angela Lowe said: "We are glad the council has given the green light to these plans and are now in the process of selling the site."
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