West Edge Farm, Edinburgh
The land at West Edge Farm has been successfully promoted by Wallace for 260 homes via a planning application and then a successful appeal. The planning consent was won at appeal due principally to the City of Edinburgh Council not maintaining a five-year effective housing land supply. The site was openly marketed to a number of home builders by Savills on the instruction of Wallace and the landowners. Following a successful sale the site is now under construction by Persimmon and Miller Homes.
PROMOTION & ENGAGEMENT
Wallace promoted the site with our appointed consultant team through the review of the City of Edinburgh Local Development Plan. Through the plan review process, the Council did not identify our land as a preferred site to come forward for development within the emerging plan. It had been widely reported through the review process and tested by the housing industry that the Council had not identified sufficient housing sites to meet the housing target.
Wallace, therefore, devised an appropriate planning strategy that included an early planning application. It was understood that this was unlikely to get the support of the Council and would be refused. Wallace, therefore, robustly prepared the application to be appropriate for an appeal. This included a comprehensive review of the site, which included assessments of housing land supply, landscape and visual impact, transportation, education and any required mitigation measures. Through this process we were able to demonstrate that the site was in a sustainable location, had no adverse effect on the wider Edinburgh Greenbelt and any infrastructure constraints could be mitigated.
As anticipated, the application was refused by the Council and an appeal was lodged by Wallace on behalf of the landowners. Due to our robust preparations, the appeal was successful.
Wallace developed an overall sales strategy to sell the site, in consultation with the landowners. It was agreed to sell the site immediately following the grant of planning consent and we jointly appointed Savills to openly market the site to a number of home builders. Only 3 years from Wallace signing a promotion agreement with the landowners, the site is now being developed by Persimmon and Miller Homes.