New BrunstaneA housing development of over 1,300 homes in Edinburgh has edged closer after councillors gave initial plans the green light.

A narrow vote of seven to six in favour of granting approval of the New Brunstane Masterplan will now allow the City of Edinburgh Council’s arms-length developer EDI Group to put forward more detailed blueprints for the site.

First submitted in September last year, the proposal for 1,330 new homes – including over 300 affordable – will be one of the first major housing sites included in the recently adopted Local Development Plan to come forward, providing a family-focused neighbourhood complete with a new primary school and local centre with a range of community and retail uses as well as parks, allotments and play areas.

Eric Adair, operations and finance director at The EDI Group, said: “We are obviously delighted by the decision, one that will go some way to addressing Edinburgh’s long-term housing supply requirements with a carefully planned, sympathetic masterplan that will create a new family-friendly neighbourhood in Edinburgh.

“As a committed and responsible developer, EDI will continue to work with the council, local community and stakeholders throughout the development, ensuring that New Brunstane can become a thriving community that complements the surrounding area and becomes a great place to live, relax and play.”

The developer said the project would create more than 100 full-time construction jobs and generate £71 million into the regional economy.

Councillor Sandy Howat supported the plans and said: “The application site will bring much-needed housing to the city including over 300 affordable homes.

“Of the sites available around the city, Brunstane has the unique advantage of train access – we should of course be encouraging non-car transport and coupled with cycling storage at the stations and green open space walking routes, this was a welcome application.

“Preserving the character of Newhailes House with considerate open views to and from Brunstane House across the site, were clear amenity advantages for the new residents. This is a welcome addition to Edinburgh as a great place to live, work and play.”