The Challenge

We were approached by a National Housebuilder to prepare detailed designs to secure Full Planning Permission on a strategic development site at New Craighall, a commuting suburb of Edinburgh. Planning Permission in Principle had previously been secured and the detailed design proposals would have to strictly comply with the existing Development Framework.

The Response

We followed a rigorous process assessing the existing Development Framework, reviewing base information, appraising the site context and undertaking a site analysis, following which we prepared an attractive and deliverable masterplan. Working in close collaboration with the Planning Authority, we evolved a design to create a high quality residential layout, set within a strong landscape framework, with generous provision of public open spaces, while at the same time addressing fundamental constraints including a number of former mineshafts.