Edinburgh’s 2030 city plan is inadequate for affordable housing, business development and jobs – John McLellan

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SNP planning chief Neil Gardiner believes the City 2030 plan ‘meets the needs of our capital’s growing population’ (Picture: Lloyd Smith)

And the only way to balance what could politely be described as wildly optimistic, or alternatively deliberate deceit, is to repeat just as often that the City Plan 2030 might acknowledge the problems, but far from solve them, it will only make the city’s problems worse.

Perhaps SNP planning chief Neil Gardiner genuinely believes his plan “meets the needs of our capital’s growing population,” as he claimed in these pages this week, but it suggests that he has not read the technical notes which admit “that it is not realistic to set a target that fully meets the need for affordable housing”.

And it must be presumed that he has not seen the objections already submitted which point out that the plan involves uprooting some 400 active businesses and reducing the capacity for new business development to make way for housing as the plan proposes.

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It is true that there have been “detailed discussions and contributions from many of you”, as Cllr Gardiner wrote, but he fails to mention that professional advice has been ignored to paint a false picture. an Edinburgh meeting all requests without too much difficulty.

Unsuitable for affordable and market housing, inadequate for business development and jobs, the City Plan 2030 is at best an exercise in self-delusion and at worst a huge trick of confidence on the Edinburgh public.

John McLellan is a Craigentinny/Duddingston Conservative Councilor

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