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Developer pressured council in bid to cut costs from city centre regeneration bill

(TheFerret) #1

Property developers have made repeated attempts to limit the amount they must spend on public space improvements around a controversial £850 million shopping redevelopment in the heart of Edinburgh.

For more see: https://theferret.scot/st-james-quarter-edinburgh-regeneration/

(Alastair Tibbitt) #2

Just after this story was published, the City of Edinburgh Council did respond to the FOI request referenced in it.

It seems to show that no traffic modelling has been undertaken on the junction since 2009.

The response is available here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/information_about_the_process_of#incoming-1075090

(Inga Bullen) #3

Property developers seem to have far too much influence on politicians wherever they are in power. I noted a letter in today’s Guardian claiming that the removal of stamp duty and help-to -buy schemes simply push up house prices, to the benefit of developers rather than people struggling to afford to buy a house. My local campaign No Housing on Park of Keir is fighting the planning application which claimed housing was essential to subsidise the Judy Murray sports complex, the Scottish Government called in the appeal after it was turned down by Stirling Council due to the “national importance”. The Ministers proposed conditions are so weak we think the developer will be able to build just the houses. (19 luxury houses on greenbelt for which there is no national importance). If this happens, and the sports complex isn’t built (quite likely as it was dependent on public funding and the business plan was hugely optimistic), the SG will be handing a huge profit to the property developer? It stinks of corruption.