A NEW £40 million development with homes, post graduate student flats and affordable shops is planned for the former Edinburgh and Leith Gasworks.

Historic property developer Sundial Properties intends to revive a row of long-lost commercial buildings from a surviving frontage - currently used as a yard wall - to create a shopping experience similar to William Street or St Stephen Street in the Scottish capital.

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The plans supersede an earlier proposal by the firm and come after it secured the adjoining Dalton’s scrapyard site.


The Baltic Street and Constitution Street plan includes family homes, post graduate student accommodation, affordable housing, affordable shops and a digital co-working space.


William Gray Muir, of Sundial Properties, said: “It is an exciting part of the city because of course it has the film studio coming, it’s got the tram coming, Leslie Benzies and his gaming company are based at the corn exchange and the old casino.


“It is a chance to expand the historic core and take in some really interesting buildings.


“The outer wall for the scrapyard is in exactly the form of a shopping street in the Edinburgh style and will be very like the shops on Bernard Street, traditional Georgian and Victorian shops within a very traditional frontage.


“It is not very often you get the opportunity to create 70 metres of such important street frontage in Edinburgh.”

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A public exhibition of the plans is being held at Custom House, Commercial Street on November 28.

A planning application is expected to be lodged in January.