GL Hearn advises on sale of Edinburgh’s Kinleith Mill site

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03 March 2015

Acting on behalf of Kinleith Development Company Ltd (In Administration), property consultancy GL Hearn has concluded the sale of Kinleith Mill, Edinburgh to CALA Homes who will develop the site for an 89 house development.

The forthcoming development of the Kinleith Mill site is a welcome boost to Edinburgh’s housing market following the recent news that progress on the council’s new Local Development Plan has been delayed until after May’s general election.

GL Hearn was appointed by administrators in 2012 to asset manage the Kinleith Mill site, which extends to 11 acres and occupies a prime location adjacent to the Water of Leith in the affluent Edinburgh suburb of Currie.

At the time of GL Hearn’s appointment, the Kinleith Mill site faced significant challenges, with previous planning permissions having lapsed and numerous issues affecting the site, including flood risk, contamination, protected species, constrained site access, rights of way and complex engineering challenges. In addition, although largely a brownfield site, parts of Kinleith Mill were located in the Green Belt and also formed part of Currie Conservation Area and a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.

GL Hearn assembled a design team, including Hackland & Dore Architects, McGregor McMahon Engineers, DTZ and Maclay Murray Spens, who collaborated to resolve the issues affecting the site, successfully securing planning permission in principle in December 2014 for a new residential development on the Kinleith Mill site.

Since then GL Hearn has been working with CALA Homes as they have advanced their detailed designs for the site which will see the development commence on site imminently.

Graeme Laing, Planning Director at GL Hearn commented,

“The Kinleith site is a prominent development site in the affluent Edinburgh suburb of Currie and we were confident that by using our combined intelligence we could resolve the complex challenges to deliver an implementable development opportunity which the market would respond to. We are delighted that our efforts have been rewarded and that development on the site will commence later this year.”

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The Kinleith site is a prominent development site in the affluent Edinburgh suburb of Currie and we were confident that by using our combined intelligence we could resolve the complex challenges to deliver an implementable development opportunity which the market would respond to. We are delighted that our efforts have been rewarded and that development on the site will commence later this year
Graeme Laing
Planning Director

GL Hearn

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