Plans for £2 billion "West Town" development unveiled

An aerial CGI of the proposed "West Town" development.

A consortium formed by Drum Property Group has unveiled ambitious plans for west Edinburgh.

West Town Edinburgh Limited has submitted plans for a £2 billion residential-led development on 83 hectares (205 acres) of land in west Edinburgh.

Located to the south of Edinburgh Airport, "West Town" would deliver around 7,000 new homes across a mix of tenures along with commercial and community spaces. Built along 20-Minute Neighbourhood principles, the development would include schools, medical facilities, shops, cafés, and 11 hectares (27 acres) of green space, including a 2 hectare (5.5 acre) central park. 

West Town would be served by the Edinburgh Tram, which runs directly through the site; a new tram stop would be created to provide public transport links.

It is envisaged that construction could commence by the end of 2024, with the first tranche of homes and amenities completing in early 2026.

“We now have the opportunity to make West Town an exemplar, sustainable 20-minute neighbourhood on a par with the best new developments taking place across the UK and Europe. This planning application is a significant milestone in realising the ambition we share with the council both for the local area and for the city, further strengthening the long-term collaborative process that is set to deliver a major transformation of the west of Edinburgh. The amount of space on the site combined with its superb location allows for a natural extension for the city providing 7,000 mixed-tenure homes and new jobs in a new 20-minute neighbourhood. West Town has direct access to some of the best public transport in Scotland – the tram line travels through the site and there are integrated rail, cycle and road connections, creating a strategic gateway to Edinburgh."

- Graeme Bone, Managing Director, Drum Property Group

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Published: 11th January 2024