Plans have been lodged for student flats and family homes on the site of a city scrapyard.

The proposals for Dalton's yard in Leith in Edinburgh, which appeared in the Trainspotting T2 sequel, include 279 student bedrooms, 216 build-to-rent homes and a bike workshop.

A statement by  56three Architects reads: "The site is owned by Stephen G Dalton & Son who have operated a metal scrapyard on their property at Salamander Street for over 30 years.

"During this period much of the surrounding land has been transformed from Industrial to Residential, with recently constructed residential properties now encircling the site.

"The applicant is exploring opportunities to relocate the existing business. The move would be facilitated by gaining planning consent for alternate use and development on the site."

The Herald: The plans now lodged following consultation include a bike workshopThe plans now lodged following consultation include a bike workshop (Image: 56three Architects)

The statement continued: "Our proposal seeks a redevelopment consisting of build-to-rent residential accommodation and purpose-built student accommodation, with street-level commercial units and a bike workshop, to complement the changing dynamic of the area.

"Internal and external amenity areas are proposed at street level, together with corner commercial floorspace for the benefit of the local community."

It also said: "The site currently presents a void within the recently established residential environment and provides an opportunity to stitch the fragmented streetscape back together and give back to the public realm.

"The proposal is well connected to the recently completed tramline, connecting the site to the wider city." It follows earlier consultation.

Energy giant hiring 350 in Scotland to assist struggling bill payers

Scottish Gas is hiring an additional 350 people at its call centre in Edinburgh to assist customers struggling with their energy bills through the coming winter.

The company, a subsidiary of energy giant Centrica, said the roles will all be in post by the end of this year with continuing hiring taking place in January as part of a campaign to move all of its call centre operations to the UK. In total, Centrica said it is hiring more than 700 people across its customers service centres in Edinburgh, Leeds, Cardiff, Stockport and Leicester.

'Beloved' Scottish fish and chip shop for sale

A fish and chip shop operated by a husband and wife team for six years has been put on the market, with offers around ÂŁ60,000 sought for the leasehold interest.

The Marina in Arbroath, which has a 52-cover restaurant, has a harbour-side position and features a "panoramic" balcony seating area. Property agent Graham + Sibbald said the business had been "passionately operated".