FORTH Ports has unveiled plans to significantly reduce the number of parking spaces in a 938-unit development in Leith, saying it “no longer believes” that the existing approved proposals are sufficient to achieve its own “reduction aspirations”. carbon “and those of Edinburgh. .
He is seeking permission from Edinburgh City Council to change already approved plans for development, with a spokesperson for Forth Ports noting that the company has consulted the local authority about its new plans.
Amended plans for the £ 250million property development from Western Harbor to Leith Port see a 43% reduction in on-site parking from 570 to 326 spaces.
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Forth Ports also plans to replace “carbon intensive structures with centralized spaces equipped with electric vehicles”.
And he proposes “to significantly increase the supply of automobile clubs”.
Forth Ports is seeking permission to create a ‘Go Green’ hub, including an education center that ‘will encourage residents to join the green revolution, persuade motorists to adopt other, greener modes of transportation. [and] facilitate the rental of electric bicycles ”.
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The port company anticipates that the development of Western Harbor will eventually include a total of approximately 2,000 housing units. The development of 938 housing units is the first phase of housing planned on the site.
Forth Ports said: “As part of its larger net zero program for the Port of Leith, Forth Ports has submitted an amended master planning application to Edinburgh City Council to actively promote the adoption of the green energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions at £ 250m development of the first 938 houses in Western Harbor. Planning permission for the final phase of this development of one, two and three bedroom homes was granted in June 2020, but Forth Ports no longer believes these proposals are sufficient to achieve its aspirations and those of the city. reduction in carbon emissions.
Charles Hammond, Managing Director of Forth Ports, said: “It is becoming increasingly clear by the day that not only do we have a responsibility to reduce carbon emissions, but that there is also a real appetite for this change. . At Forth Ports, we are committed to supporting this, not only through our large industrial projects such as the establishment of a £ 40million renewable energy hub within the Port of Leith, but also through the through housing development projects such as Western Harbor. ”