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City ponders green use for stalled sites

posted 15 May 2009, 14:49 by David Rintoul

Council officials in Edinburgh are examining whether vacant development sites in the capital could receive a green makeover until the economic climate improves.

Edinburgh City Council is seeking talks with owners of land where projects are currently stalled and will report back to members in June.

The first scheme to progress is expected to be at the former Fountain Brewery in Fountainbridge, where offices are unlikely to be built for some time and developers are instead planning to create gardens.

"Officials will see what can be done in each case or what impediments there are," said Edinburgh's economic development leader Tom Buchanan. "The council is keen to keep these sites in as safe and attractive a condition as possible."

Caltongate, where redevelopment has been hit by owner Mountgrange's financial problems, is another that should be included in the project, said Green councillor Steve Burgess. "It is a blight on the city centre that we must tackle," he argued.

Source: Robert Boddy, Planning Resource

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