We are working with
- community councils
- other stakeholders
to regenerate the Seafield area of Edinburgh.
The emerging City Plan for Edinburgh sets out the below principles for the regeneration:
- A housing–led mixed use urban extension with a sense of community that can connect with neighbouring areas and the wider city.
- Appropriate mass, scale, height and layout of new development, having views from the Firth of Forth.
- Ensure all homes are served by play facilities and have access to open space in line with the Council’s Open Space strategy.
- Deliver a sustainable drainage systems solution to serve both the site and surrounding area.
- Provision of sustainable travel infrastructure, including where possible use of existing rail infrastructure.
A sounding board has been formed to help guide the regeneration.
Local community engagement
7N Architects have been appointed to create a place brief and masterplan for Seafield. They will be working with us and representatives from the local Community Councils to prepare a plan for the future of the area. A three stage consultation is being carried out.
Stage 1 consultation
Stage 1 Consultation was undertaken from 21st April 2023 to 8th June 2023, with two in-person events at the Ripple Project Café in Craigentinny, and Bellfield in Portobello and an online survey on the Council’s Consultation Hub. Across all methods, a total of approximately 430 responses were received. The 7N Architects masterplanning team have reviewed all of the responses received and will use them to shape the masterplan proposals. These will be developed for follow up Stage 2 Consultation in early autumn, before developing the Final Masterplan Proposal.
The Stage 1 Consultation generated lots of useful and necessary conversations about Seafield as it is now, and how positive change should be managed and implemented in the future to best contribute to a network of local coastal communities. Seafield was recognised as a place that people seek out for access to the beach, for active travel opportunities along the Promenade and as a quieter/ wilder alternative to Portobello for walking. However, it is viewed as being in poor condition, not well connected to adjacent communities via active travel, lacking uses that could promote activity on the Promenade and difficult to get to via public transport.
The majority of people prioritised affordability for housing development at Seafield and a desire to see a mix of housing types. Suggested improvements to the area included more green space, facilities that allow people to actively use the water and spend time at Seafield, better active travel connections, better public transport connections and a range of uses and facilities that can support the people who may live here in the future and attract people who choose to visit.
A full report on the Stage 1 Consultation can be viewed here.
Stage 2 and 3 consultation
The Stage 2 Consultation is scheduled to take place in October 2023, while the Stage 3 Consultation is scheduled to take place in December 2023. Information on future consultation events will be published here in due course.