Edinburgh residents fear parking on new apartment building in residential area

Residents of a bustling residential area of ​​Edinburgh are worried about traffic jams after a new three-story apartment building is given the green light.

Edinburgh City Council granted permission to developers First Scot Limited for the proposal on August 19.

The developers want to build nine two-bedroom apartments, with parking, on abandoned land at Prestonfield Avenue.

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The apartments will have three apartments on each floor of the building, with nine off-street parking spaces, and one suitable for wheelchair users. There will be a landscaped garden to the south of the building, with secure bicycle parking available on site and a shared refuge collection site.

A similar development request was granted on the site in 2018, but the new amended request takes road access from Prestonfield Road, while the 2018 offer used Prestonfield Avenue. This allows for a wider elevation of the building to Prestonfield Avenue, which makes it better in its urban context.

A handful of residents opposed the proposal on the planning application on road safety issues.

One said: “I am having issues with traffic and parking as it looks like parking will be right next to my property on Priestfield Road. there is also only sufficient parking for one vehicle per apartment, which will result in additional vehicles parking on the street.

“The only access is currently blocked by two green electrical boxes. Where should they be relocated?

“I certainly don’t want these outside my property to accommodate new buildings.

“Access is also just off the communal walkway which provides access to Prestonfield Avenue bus stops and could pose a health and safety risk to seniors or even young children walking past a high fence in Priestfield Road where cars run in and out. “

Another added: “The proposed car park will open onto Priestfield Road, which consists of single family homes and limits parking congestion.

“The potential for nine vehicles entering / exiting the proposed premises will result in a significant increase in traffic on this part of Priestfield Road.

“It wouldn’t be a major concern without the public footpath which is directly adjacent to the proposed building and connects Priestfield Road to Prestonfield Avenue.

“This public trail is used by many locals, including many elderly people, to get to the bus stop.

“Therefore, the proposed parking lot entry / exit could significantly hamper residents using the public road and in some cases even lead to dangerous situations due to limited lines of sight.”

Steven Saunders, of the Edinburgh City Council Transport Department, said on the planning application that he had no objection to the planning application.

When clearing the proposal, a council spokesperson said: “The development request is in line with Edinburgh’s Local Development Plan.

“It is compatible with the character of the surrounding environment and has no negative impact on the surrounding residential amenity. The impacts of transport are acceptable. There are no material considerations which override this conclusion.

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