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Opinions Sought on New Leith Mixed Devlopement

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In Leith, Edinburgh, property developer S Harrison Developments is offering the public an opportunity to share their views on revised plans for a development that is proposed to include student accommodation.

The proposal earmarked for Ocean Point 2 will potentially add to the ongoing transformation of the Waterfront area.

The site, which is currently brownfield, is located next to Ocean Point 1, which is occupied by VisitScotland amongst others.

The proposed plans, which consist of two multi-storey buildings, include a variety of housing options. There is a focus on accommodating families, as well as the possibility of incorporating other uses such as purpose-built student accommodation.

A spokesman for S Harrison Developments said: "In addition to delivering new homes, student accommodation is also being explored with students delivering significant spending power locally and bringing a future skilled workforce to an area which has witnessed little purpose-built student accommodation.

"Edinburgh is a university city, and the number of students in higher education has risen by almost a third since the start of the century, with purpose-built student accommodation having the potential to free-up much needed family homes currently occupied by students locally."

The area will also soon benefit from better access to Edinburgh City Centre, as the tramlines are scheduled to begin operations from June 2023.

Those behind the plans say that it will go towards transforming the Leith waterfront and bring "vibrancy to the area."