We are thrilled to announce the successful approval of a new residential development in Newcraighall by the City of Edinburgh Council’s development management sub-committee. This significant milestone signals a promising future for the area.

jmarchitects were appointed by developer and affordable housing delivery specialist Cullross Ltd to design and develop this residential-led project featuring a mixture of multi-family homes. Working closely with Cullross Ltd, the design team and City of Edinburgh Council Planning Officials, the designs developed to ensure the proposals fully address the desires and principles of the key stakeholders, with the aim to deliver a high-quality residential development that aligns with the city’s vision.

Sustainability lies at the heart of this masterplan. Every aspect of the design is committed to reducing our ecological footprint and fostering a healthier relationship with the environment. The 220 new homes, comprising 125 houses in two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom configurations, along with 95 apartments providing one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom options, are to be constructed with the latest in green building technologies, emphasizing energy efficiency and solar power integration.

Central to the masterplan’s appeal is the creation of a new linear park. Stretching through the community like a verdant ribbon, the park will serve as a haven for recreation and relaxation while promoting ecological balance. Native plants and wildlife-friendly landscaping will help restore the local ecosystem, providing a tranquil and biodiverse setting for residents. Walking and cycling paths, shaded seating areas, and fitness stations will ensure that everyone can enjoy the outdoors while staying active. This linear park will be a testament to our commitment to sustainability and the preservation of green spaces in an ever-urbanizing world.

The masterplan aims to create a 20-minute neighbourhood. This concept means everything a resident might need is within a 20-minute walk or bike ride from their home. This promotes not only links to sustainable transportation but also a higher quality of life by reducing the stress and time spent on commutes. New active travel routes are integrated within the masterplan and linear park with links to Newcraighall Railway Station providing easy access to the rail network to Edinburgh city centre, and beyond.

With nearly six decades of combined experience in designing, developing, and constructing new homes, Cullross Ltd specializes in affordable housing projects, making them the ideal partner for this transformative endeavour.

“We are delighted to have had our application for residential development at Newcraighall East granted, subject to conditions. Extensive community consultation was undertaken on our ambitious proposals which will bring much-needed housing, the majority of which will be affordable housing, to Edinburgh. We were particularly keen to ensure that there is extensive greenspace available to the local community, including delivering a substantial landscaped open park. As the project progresses to site, we look forward to continuing to engage with the local community on this.”

               – Mark Beaton, Director, Cullross Ltd.

“jmarchitects are delighted that the planning application for Newcraighall has been approved. The six-month process from start to approval is testament to the team and to the City of Edinburgh Council. The masterplan on a vacant site will deliver 220 new homes within a design framework that is based on sustainable and biodiverse principles with placemaking at its heart.”

               – Rod Duncan, Director, jmarchitects

For more information on this project: https://jmarchitects.net/newcraighall-east/

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Credit: Graham Barr, jmarchitects

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