Masterplan submitted for Meadowbank Sports Centre Site

Edinburgh Leisure | Friday 26th January 2018 4:30pm

Masterplan Submitted For Meadowbank Sports Centre Site

The Council-led regeneration of Edinburgh’s Meadowbank has taken another step forward with planning applications submitted today (Friday 26 January).

Detailed planning consent for a new £46.9m sports centre on the existing site of the famous venue, built for Edinburgh’s hosting of the 1970 Commonwealth Games, will be considered by Councillors alongside a masterplan application to develop surplus land adjacent to the new stadium.

The masterplan includes proposals for planning-in-principle for new housing, in support of the Council’s commitment to build 20,000 affordable homes within ten years.

There will also be potential for private housing for sale, student accommodation, a community garden, shops, restaurants, and a hotel. The development of the site creates an opportunity to reopen Clockmill Road as an accessible walking and cycling connection between Restalrig, London Road and Holyrood Park.

Money raised from the receipt of developing the surplus land will help finance the construction costs of the new Sports Centre.

Councillor Ian Campbell, Vice Convener of Culture and Communities at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The submission is a significant step towards the delivery of a brand new Meadowbank development fit for the 21st century. Investing in Meadowbank is an investment in our city’s sporting infrastructure, and will provide the city with fantastic new facilities for generations to come. The development will also help to regenerate the local area and provide much-needed new homes. I’m sure many people in Edinburgh will be excited to see the project reach this stage, and to view and feedback on the proposals.”

June Peebles, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Leisure, said: “A huge amount of work, involving many interested parties, has taken place on the design and layout of the new Meadowbank to get us to this stage. The submission of the planning applications and the prospect of a brand new Meadowbank in 2020 is a hugely exciting one. The new venue will undoubtedly pick up where the old Meadowbank left off, providing countless opportunities for future generations to participate in physical activity and sport.”

The full set of plans will be considered at a meeting of the Council’s Development Management Sub Committee (Tuesday 15 May) following a period of public consultation.

Residents, users, and other interested parties are invited to view and comment on the proposals online (reference codes 18/00181/FUL for the Sports Centre and 18/00154/PPP for the development site) until Friday 23 February 2018.
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  • The existing Meadowbank Sports Centre closed in December 2017 to allow enabling works to be carried out ahead of demolition, currently scheduled to take place in spring. Subject to permissions, the construction of the new sports centre should begin in the Autumn, with the building completed in the summer of 2020.
  • Key features of the new sports centre will include some outdoor athletics track with a 500-seat stand, 60m six lane indoor athletics track and jumps space, outdoor throws area, two FIFA standard all weather 3G pitches, and a boxing gym with permanent ring. Other elements include office space for Edinburgh Leisure’s headquarters, a café, games halls and courts, plus fitness studios and a gym. 
  • As part of the pre-application process, public consultation on the proposals has already taken place. A series of events were held for the public to learn about the proposals and ask any questions in relation to them, with feedback provided to the project team. This information has been included as part of the permission in principle application for planners to consider. 


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