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Meadowbank People First Neighbourhood


ClientCity of Edinburgh Council

StatusPlanning approved

Meadowbank lies close to the centre of Edinburgh and is steeped in history of how people move, from its use as a former railway yard, to the site of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games. It is a residential-led, mixed use development with 596 homes proposed (35% minimum affordable). The masterplan has been developed to promote people movement as a priority to empower residents to choose active travel as their primary method of transport.

The focus becomes on making spaces comfortable and legible to people walking and wheeling, combining these principles with rich palette of new planting will help to emphasise the character of the spaces. A small amount of retail and community facilities including an Active Travel Hub and potential GP surgery.

Native and non-native species will provide an ecologically diverse habitat as well as structural diversity through trees, shrubs, herbaceous planting and ground flora to positively contribute to the city’s urban ecology.

In securing a successful planning application, RaeburnFarquharBowen contributed to a substantial consultation with the local community and relevant stakeholders for their input into the development of the masterplan. 15 community engagement events including 6 workshops, and 9 drop in consultations across 4 different locations during 18 months of consultation. Over 600 questionnaires were completed, 80 Place Standard forms filled and over 400 comment ‘flags’ added to a model of the site. This approach of an extensive programme of engagement has helped to identify local priorities for the area and the design team have worked these into a masterplan that will deliver a sustainable new community in Meadowbank and for the development to be an exemplar in Scotland.

Councillor Neil Gardiner, planning convener
“As a planning authority, we need make sure we protect our city’s beautiful and historic built environment, while supporting our communities to become sustainable for twenty-first-century living."