Developers revise flats plan for site of popular former pub

The site of the pub, previously known as the Right Wing and Radical Road, has lain empty for several years.

Developers resubmit flats plan for site of former Edinburgh pub owned by Hibs icon CDA Architects

Developers have submitted revised plans for dozens of new flats on the former site of a popular Edinburgh pub after initial proposals were booted out due to “overdevelopment” fears.

A “crescent-style” apartment block has been pencilled in for the empty lot on the corner of Northfield Drive and Willowbrae Road.

It comes more than four years after the former Radical Road bar was flattened to make way for a housing project – only for those blueprints to be denied by City of Edinburgh Council planning chiefs.

Comprehensive Design Architects want to create 48 dwellings in the curved building, which will also contain a ground floor retail space.

The previous designs featured a five-storey block and lower level car park along with balconies and roof terraces, however were deemed inappropriate for the area.

The site was once home to the Right Wing pub, owned and operated by Hibernian icon Gordon Smith.

A CDA design statement read: “The building form and massing has been reduced to four storeys of accommodation as viewed from Willowbrae Road, to align better with the varying building heights in the immediate context which range from five storeys to single storey.

“Utilising the site topography a further level of accommodation and parking / landscaped amenity is provided at lower ground level to the rear of the development.”

The plans will be assessed by City of Edinburgh Council in due course.

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