CALA to submit plans for 206 Homes at Newmills Road, Balerno

A detailed planning application by CALA Homes to build 206 homes at Newmills Road, Balerno as included within Edinburgh Local Development Plan (ref: HSG 37) was submitted to the Council on the 30th October.

The 206 high quality properties will provide a wide variety of new homes from starter homes for first time buyers, to expanding families and downsizers. Families looking for their new home may be interested in the 68 three, four and five bed family homes available or the 10 four bed townhouses, while the 57 apartments, 16 cottage style apartments and 4 mews properties, ranging from one to three bedrooms, will appeal to younger and older buyers alike.

CALA will also continue its commitment to building affordable homes with 51 one, two and three bedroom properties included in its proposals, to include apartments and housing for rent and a range of apartments for discounted sale.

Craig Lynes, Land Director with CALA Homes (East) said:

“After consideration of the issues raised at the recent public consultation, we are delighted to submit these plans, which reflect the Local Development Plan status for the site.

“We are aiming to develop a variety of quality homes, sensitively designed to complement the character of Balerno and we are confident our detailed plans demonstrate this.”

As well as home building, the proposals allow for improvements to the surrounding infrastructure and for the creation of attractive, useable outdoor space. It is anticipated that the development would ensure investment towards the improvement of cycling routes and the addition of new bus stops on Lanark Road West.

Other benefits this site offers include a new publicly accessible linear park, upgraded cycle routes to Curriehill Station and monetary contributions to help deliver transport improvements to Gillespie Crossroads, Hermiston Gait Park & Ride and an extension to Currie Primary school.

The selection of the site within Edinburgh Council’s Local Development Plan is part of the Council’s strategy to provide much needed new homes across the City. Edinburgh’s LDP was submitted to the Scottish Government for approval earlier this year, with the decision anticipated in Spring 2016.

CALA Homes has successfully built a number of homes in Balerno, stretching back almost 30 years, and is currently developing the nearby former Kinleith Mill, Currie. The firm has backed some local residents calls for a Currie ‘by-pass’ and has offered to build this as part of a potential wider development proposal.

As a result of CALA’s ongoing work in the area and its commitment to the local communities the firm is long-term sponsors of Currie Rugby Club and has also supported Ravelrig Riding for the Disabled, and sponsored other local events.