Planning application lodged for Riccarton Mains Village

14th November 2016

Proposals for a new community adjacent to Heriot-Watt University at Riccarton have been lodged by livestock auctioneering business, H&H Group plc. 

The proposal for Planning Permission in Principle (PPiP) for ‘Riccarton Mains Village’, will provide additional accommodation for both university students and new residents in an independent village setting. It will also go some way to addressing the shortfall in the City’s  five-year housing land supply, delivering much-needed housing.

If approved Riccarton Mains Village will comprise:

  • Residential development, including affordable housing provision
  • University halls of residence
  • Community facilities in the form of a community centre, small supermarket and a variety of services, including a potential new GP surgery

The 12 hectare site is one of the most sustainable locations in Edinburgh, benefiting from a range of nearby transport links. It is located in close proximity to existing bus and rail services and can be reached using existing and planned footway links, reducing the impact on the local road network.

H&H Group plc acquired the land as part of its takeover of John Swan & Son plc in October 2015.

Riccarton Mains Village will provide 200 houses, offering a range of dwelling types with a 25% allocation for affordable housing. House design will respect the rural character of the area, be of the highest quality and use renewable energy techniques at every opportunity.

The proposal will also seeks to develop purpose-built student accommodation of c.200 flats which will help free up housing stock within the city. The halls of residence will be located on the western portion of the site, closest to the university’s edge.

The proposal will create a new village centre which will provide a focus and amenity space for the village, including new community facilities.

The location of the site also gives pedestrians and cyclists opportunities to use the pedestrian and cycling networks in the area, connecting to existing paths and the existing core path network. Pedestrians can also enjoy the many walkways within Heriot Watt Campus which are rich in wildlife, woodland, flora and fauna.

The site is also close to Heriot Watt Research Park which is a major employment centre with over 40 companies located on campus. Furthermore, the nearby Oriam Centre, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, opened its doors in August 2016. This will create significant employment and greater need for interrelated provision, such as bed accommodation. A 160 bed hotel on campus was also granted planning permission in August 2016 and there are plans for a potential film studio in the grounds of Heriot-Watt University.

Commenting on the proposals, Brian Richardson Chief Executive of H&H Group plc said:

“We are delighted to be lodging a planning application for Riccarton Mains Village. This development is in one of the most sustainable locations in Edinburgh and is well connected for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as being well-served by public transport, reducing the impact on the local road network.   Development will also further serve to deliver much-needed housing, as well as providing student accommodation, freeing up housing stock within the city.

We are also pleased to be bringing forward community facilities, including the potential for a new GP surgery which was one of the key issues raised at the consultation events we held.”