Potential demolition of 106-164 Leith Walk / Stead’s Place development proposals

By Ben Macpherson  Published March 13th 2018  

I share local concerns about the potential demolition of 106-164 Leith Walk, home to some very vibrant local businesses and community organisations, and development of the Stead’s Place site. I am particularly concerned about plans to demolish the current frontage and that the developer’s proposals disproportionately favour student accommodation, instead of more affordable housing.

Since hearing about the potential demolition, I’ve liaised with current tenants and met with concerned constituents. Also, together with Deidre Brock MP and Cllr Amy McNeese-Mechan, I’ve raised several concerns with the developers, Drum Property, and have also met with the University of Edinburgh.

The consultation period for planning permission is commencing, with proposals on show at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall on 23rd and 24th March, 12-8pm. It will also be discussed at Leith Central Community Council on 19th March at 7pm in the Nelson Room, McDonald Road Library. I encourage everyone who has concerns about this proposed demolition and development to make their voice heard. As the local MSP, I will continue to raise concerns on behalf of the community.

Edinburgh Evening News article: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/entertainment/popular-leith-depot-to-make-way-for-student-housing-and-hotel-1-4704459.

Drum Property Group proposals: http://www.drumpropertygroup.com/news/leith-walk

Ben Macpherson says he is concerned about plans to demolish the current frontage and that the developer’s proposals disproportionately favour student accommodation, instead of more affordable housing.
Ben Macpherson says he is concerned about plans to demolish the current frontage and that the developer’s proposals disproportionately favour student accommodation, instead of more affordable housing.

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