Plans revealed for 580 homes and refurbishment of Ocean Terminal in Leith

PLANS for a waterfront area in Leith, comprising 580 houses and public landscaped areas, have been submitted to Edinburgh City Council.

The new app is designed to support the aspirations of sustainable communities and 20-minute neighborhoods that will border a remodeled ocean terminal.

The detailed planning application marks phase two of Ocean Terminal’s £250million transformation by its Scottish owners, Ambassador Group, and follows the approval of its phase one plans to partially demolish and reconfigure the center 20 year old business.

First opened in 2001, Ocean Terminal currently occupies three floors of leisure, hospitality and retail units. This includes Vue Cinema, H&M, Boots, Nando’s and Pizza Express, which employ over 625 people.

The plan reconfigures the center to have a smaller carbon footprint and will be a key stop on the new Newhaven tram line.

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The app is designed to align with the Council’s 2030 City Plan and includes a variety of builds for rent and private homes for sale around a large central green space.

The proposals also highlight the potential for a mobility hub as part of the new neighborhood which includes car club services, buses, trams, bicycles, EV charging and e-bikes, as well as other low-carbon trips.

Chris Richardson, director of Ambassador Investments, said the team prioritized how the development fits into the wider Leith setting, while meeting political aspirations for sustainability.

Richardson said: “The submission marks the culmination of a 16-month consultation process with Edinburgh City Council and key project stakeholders, with the aim of creating a unique destination for leisure, leisure, health and retail with an inherent sense of community.

“The plans are a hugely exciting step forward and have the potential to turn Ocean Terminal into a £250m GDV asset for the city.”

He added: “These proposals, in conjunction with the centre’s existing works, will support the retention of over 600 jobs and create new roles within the center and local area expansion, whilst providing a range of attractive amenities, health and leisure options for people from across the capital and beyond.

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