Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton recently met with developers to voice strenuous opposition to plans for a major housing development at Cammo. He highlighted widespread local opposition to the proposed development on Cammo fields.
This comes after the announcement that proposals by CALA homes and Barratt David Wilson Homes for residential development at Cammo Fields, will be considered by the council on 22nd May.
Alongside other Liberal Democrat colleagues and Christine Jardine MP, Alex Cole-Hamilton has consistently opposed the development on this site and believe that SNP and Labour councillors were wrong to zone the land for new housing in 2016.
Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:
“Residents in Cammo have battled to protect their greenbelt for years. The local community is opposed to the development which would result in the loss of much loved natural heritage, iconic and panoramic views of the Cammo Tower and the Cammo Estate.
“Aside from the catastrophic loss of natural heritage, the development will see thousands of new residents locating to the Cammo area, but nobody will tell me which doctor’s surgery will treat them when they fall ill. There is no capacity in local surgeries, nor will there be enough new residents to sustain a new practice. Additionally the increased pressure on the Barnton junction will prove unsustainable.”
Cllr Robert Aldridge added:
“The junctions at both ends of Maybury Road are already at full capacity and schools are full to bursting. We need major changes already. Any new development will add to the urgency for major change.”
Cllr Kevin Lang commented:
“The Barnton junction and Queensferry Road are amongst the most congested areas, not just in Edinburgh but anywhere in Scotland. Given all these problems, it is utter madness to build hundreds of new homes on the Cammo fields. With no serious plan in place, this development will make an already terrible situation even worse.”