Plans for thousands of homes and digital quarter on site around old Edinburgh Airport runway lodged by Crosswind

The proposed development

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PLANS have been lodged for a major housing and commercial development on a brownfield site around a decommissioned runway at Edinburgh Airport.

The proposed Elements Edinburgh project is described by the company behind it, Crosswind Developments, as a “sustainable, inclusive, net zero carbon development using the latest in green technology to build 2,500 homes and 1.02 million sq ft of commercial space including a dedicated digital quarter, hotels and retail units”.

The plan for the 30.4-hectare site has been submitted to City of Edinburgh Council.

Crosswind said the commitment to proceed with the investment is a “huge vote of confidence in Edinburgh’s future as the city looks to rebuild its economy following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic”.

The company, part of Edinburgh Airport owner Global Infrastructure Partners, noted a report by BiGGAR Economics had predicted the digital quarter could boost Scotland’s economic output by £456.2 million per year and support 6,612 jobs.

Crosswind said more than 40% of the site would be “dedicated green and public space with an informal park opening up access to the Gogar Burn”.

John Watson, Crosswind chief executive, said:  “The impact of coronavirus has been severe both in terms of public health and economic damage however we remain confident in the long term economic future of both Edinburgh & Scotland which is why we are pressing ahead with this important development.

“We have adapted our original plans, which already included many aspects of sustainability and inclusion, to ensure that Elements Edinburgh will be an exemplar for similar developments as we move to new ways of living and working.

“This is a significant commitment to invest in the Scottish economy at a crucial time ”

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