I have recently learned that a planning application, identical to the one submitted by Waitrose earlier this year to site a store and cafe on St John's Road was lodged with the council's planning department at the end of June. Developer Realis have since confirmed this will not be occupied by Waitrose but have refused to release a list of possible tenants.
Corstophine store plans revived
Following their abandonment of similar plans just 3 months ago, citing market conditions, resident's will be understandably baffled by this apparent U-turn.
The application once again proposes to demolish the row of shops on the corner of Manse road and St John's Road and then build a food retail outlet with a street-level cafe, as well as parking infrastructure for 140 cars.
The application itself is quite guarded about who is actually intending to occupy the new store but the PAC report references Waitrose and the application has been submitted by the same developers so there can be little doubt.
The application should be online within the next 24 hours and has been given the reference 15/02898/FUL.
Regardless of the merits of the proposal, it is this kind of activity which gives developers a bad name and leaves local residents uncertain as to where they stand.
This will have seismic implications for Corstorphine and as with the original application there are still serious concerns around the impact on traffic, pollution and parking, particularly in St Johns Road, Manse Road and the Featherhalls.
The developer must address these to the satisfaction of local residents before ground is broken.