jmarchitects are pleased to be part of this exciting project and are delighted to see it reach a significant milestone of planning permission:

Edinburgh councillors have approved a proposal for the development of build to rent (BTR) accommodation on Bonnington Road Lane. PLATFORM_’s planning application for a Build-to-Rent (BTR) scheme at Bonnington Road Lane was approved by the City of Edinburgh Council Development Management Sub-Committee this week. PLATFORM_ intends to build 453 BTR units, including 25% affordable housing. BTR is an innovative housing solution where homes are built, rented, and managed over the longer term. They are not for sale.

The site is in Edinburgh’s Bonnington area and extends from the former Bonnington Resource Centre at the southern edge and over the recently demolished John Lewis depot to the north. The development is a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes, and studios, and will benefit from on-site concierge and maintenance staff. The proposals also include communal amenity spaces such as a residents’ lounge, roof terraces, a Bike Café and Workshop and gym.

To help create a vibrant atmosphere, the proposals also include retail and employment space at ground level which will be available to residents, start-up companies, and other workers.  Additionally, the development will create a public pocket park, a new pedestrian priority public street connecting Bonnington Road Lane and Anderson Place, and will replant 80 additional trees across the site.

PLATFORM_ has undertaken an extensive community and stakeholder engagement programme. A community consultation was held in December 2019 and re-advertised again in December 2020 to demonstrate improvements made since the original May 2020 submission.

Turley provided planning support and architectural design was produced by jmarchitects. Hirsts were the landscape architects and Harley Haddow the project engineers.

A spokesperson for PLATFORM_ said:

“We are very pleased to have received approval for our high-quality Build-to-Rent scheme at Bonnington Road Lane.”

“The development will offer residents flexibility on a wide range of housing needs. The project will support the delivery of regeneration within the local area.”

“Our key aim is to create quality, sustainable, and responsibly managed properties and we are looking forward to delivering this for Edinburgh. We will continue to update the community as the project develops and look forward to working with our partners across Edinburgh to deliver this exciting development.”

More information on the project can be accessed here:


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