Student Flats Planned for Edinburgh’s Green Belt

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Proposals have been put forward to develop Edinburgh's Riccarton Mains Village, placing further pressure on the city's green belt to the west of the capital.

H&H Group have submitted plans to apply for planning permission in principle for Riccarton Mains Village, which could result in 200 houses and 200 student flats being built on land next to Heriot-Watt.

In addition to the new houses and university halls, there would be a community centre, small supermarket and services such as a GP surgery.

Green belt campaigners have already raised concerns over the number of new developments being planned for the west of the city and are due to meet soon to discuss the concerns raised by the latest plan and others in the Riccarton and Murray Burn area.

According to the report submitted to the council, the site lies east of the Murray Burn and Heriot-Watt University campus, with the site boundary curving around Riccarton Mains Cottages on the north.

Due to the proposed sites location, the applicants will be required to submit sufficient information to demonstrate the site is capable of accommodating the development and that there will be sufficient infrastructure capacity. In addition, the site will need to consider flood risk and the overland flow path of the Murray Burn.

The developers have argued the addition of a further 200 student bed-spaces would help free up housing stock within the city.