Southdale, Armadale – Section 75A

Geddes provided planning advice and support for a Section 75A for EWP Investments Ltd to delete financial contributions towards the dualling of the A801 near Armadale. The total contributions required under the original Section 75 Agreement totalled around £3.3M at today’s date. Geddes worked collaboratively with Burges Salmon LLP and WSP, providing planning input and guidance to build a robust case for the deletion of the planning obligation. The DPEA Reporter agreed with the Appellant’s evidence on all points, concluding that the obligation failed to meet 4 of the 5 tests of Circular 3/2012 and should be deleted.


  • Providing clear guidance and direction to establish a robust Application and Appeal
  • Providing clear and concise reporting to summarise the case
  • Financial savings for the client of around £3.3M
Development at Southdale

Lady Brae, Gorebridge

Geddes Consulting has been appointed to provide planning services for a new development at Lady Brae Gorebridge.

The proposal is for new residential development along with associated, infrastructure, engineering and landscape work.

Geddes’ role in this project includes managing the planning process and ensuring the proposal meet the Council’s policy requirements and other material considerations including Scottish Planning Policy. We are also coordinating and collating the technical assessments that will be prepared, ensuring that the impacts of development are taken into account.

  • Managing the planning process, including engagement with the community and key stakeholders
  • Ensuring that the necessary comprehensive survey work informs the design process and demonstrates policy compliance
  • Ensuring that all relevant matters are taken into account prior to submission of the planning application
The site is located to the southeast of Gorebridge

Caldwell House, Uplawmoor

Geddes Consulting has been appointed to provide advice and guidance on the restoration of Caldwell House, Gamekeeper’s House and the estate’s landscape in accord with the policies in the approved development plan. As these buildings are listed, and the costs of the restoration will not be recouped by the income from new uses of these buildings, Geddes will advise on the extent of enabling development which will be acceptable.

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  • Ensuring that the impacts from further development are fully taken into account
  • Ensuring that the necessary comprehensive survey work informs the design process
  • Ensuring that all relevant matters are taken into account prior to submission of the planning application
The site provides the opportunity to restore Caldwell Estate to its former glory
Caldwell House
Former Keeper's House

East Kilbride Community Growth Area (CGA)

Geddes Consulting provided project management; planning; master planning; landscape design; Environmental Impact Assessment and financial appraisal services to help deliver 1,950 homes, a primary school, retail and major infrastructure works.

  • Prepared financial appraisal to justify the Council’s City Deal funding for the new primary school
  • Coordinated partnership working between the Consortium and the various infrastructure providers to help deliver viable up-front infrastructure investment
  • Promoted a masterplan solution which meets both placemaking and infrastructure investment and programming needs
The proposal will deliver 1,950 homes, a school and retail
The site is on the western edge of East Kilbride
View from within the site

Cairns Estate, Kirknewton

Geddes worked with the client and local authority to develop the planning strategy for a farm diversification project (including new wedding and events venue) at Cairns Farm in West Lothian. The site is within the Pentland Hills Regional Park and a designated Special Landscape Area.

The proposal includes the conversion of existing farm buildings to form the new venue, along with accommodation on site.

Geddes led the client through the planning process from appointment of the project team to coordination and submission of several planning applications for the various elements of the proposal.

Geddes has secured three separate planning consents for the client and helped ensure conditions are discharged to enable development to proceed.

  • Geddes project managed the planning application process and enabled the main planning application to be determined within only three months from submission
  • Early engagement with the local authority ensured all relevant matters were addressed in a comprehensive planning submission
  • We carried out landscape design work and an appraisal of landscape and visual impacts to demonstrate the proposal is well-integrated into its setting in the Pentland Hills Regional Park and designated Special Landscape Area
The proposal will provide a new wedding venue in a unique setting
The site is on the edge of Harperrig Reservoir
The proposal is set within the Pentland Hills
New accommodation pods will be set within a bio-diverse landscape framework

Halbeath, Dunfermline

Geddes worked closely with the client to create a viable masterplan framework for this large strategic land allocation. The proposal is for 1,400 homes, together with community, commercial and education facilities. We engaged with the local community and Council to gain regular feedback on the evolving proposal.

We coordinated the project team to complete a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment. Our holistic approach ensured that the submitted proposal addressed all relevant Council policy, as well as client aspirations.

Geddes developed a phasing strategy to demonstrate how this large allocated site and its infrastructure can be brought forward in line with the client’s needs, while helping the Council meet its targets for new housing in the area.

Planning Permission in Principle was approved in early 2019, subject to a legal agreement. We are now working with the client on the detailed design proposal for the first phase of development.

  • Geddes delivered a viable masterplan framework for the development of 1,400 new homes and other mixed uses, in accord with Council and client requirements
  • We carried out a staged pre-application consultation process with the community and the Council, including a ‘World Café’ event for community representatives, plus two public exhibitions
  • Geddes successfully coordinated a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment, presented as a single cohesive document
Indicative Development Framework for the site
The site lies on the northeast edge of Dunfermline
Engaging with stakeholder at the World Café event
Development of the site will bring 1,400 new homes to Dunfermline

Gateside, Stepps

Consent was granted at Planning Appeal for 200 homes on this greenfield site on the settlement edge of Stepps.

Key issues were identified in the planning strategy right from the beginning – the sustainability of the site; the impact on the local schools and whether a five year effective housing supply was being maintained at all times.

This meant that a comprehensive and up to date evidence base on all determining matters was available to rebut any assertions by the Council.

  • Sustainability of the site and proposal was known right from the start of the planning process
  • School impact assessment proved that catchment schools could accommodate pupils from the proposal
  • Housing land assessment confirmed that there was a substantial housing shortfall and more sites were required
Indicative Development Framework for the site
The site lies to the northeast of Stepps
The proposal extends the existing settlement
Structure planting will screen views from Cumbernauld Road

Housing Land Supply Assessment

We are the Scottish market leader in assessing if a local authority is maintaining a five year effective housing land supply at all times, as well as demonstrating whether the proposed housing strategy of a Local Development Plan will meet housing land requirement in full.

All work is produced in accord with policy requirements of the approved development plan as well as taking account of material considerations set out in Scottish Planning Policy and national guidance.

The level of detail provided can be adjusted to support the necessary particulars of the case, providing an appropriate level of detail in relation to the stage in the planning process – supporting a Planning Permission in Principle application or new housing land allocation in a Local Development Plan.

These assessments are supported by DPEA Reporters at both Planning Appeal and Local Development Plan Examination. Recent successes resulting in the release of further housing sites include City of Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

  • Demonstrates that a local authority is not maintaining a five year effective housing land supply at all times and that the housing land requirement will not be met in full
  • Informs the development management and development plan processes to secure release of further housing sites
  • Evidence and methodology is supported by DPEA Reporters at Planning Appeal and Local Development Plan Examination

St. Margarets, Roslin

Geddes coordinated the planning submission for a proposed new village community in Midlothian, known as St. Margarets. The proposal secures the restoration and conversion of the Listed former Rosslynlee Hospital, with complementary new build development providing essential financial support.

Geddes produced the masterplan for the new village community, which totals around 380 homes. We coordinated a large and complex project team to deliver a robust and comprehensive planning submission.

Consent for the first phase of development was secured in early 2018. Three further applications for the remainder of the St. Margarets proposal were approved in early 2019, subject to conditions and a legal agreement.

More information about the project can be found at

  • Geddes successfully project managed a large and complex submission to the Council, comprising five applications including around 30 supporting statements by over 12 different consultancies
  • We produced a high quality masterplan proposal that accords with all relevant policy requirements on sustainable placemaking and design
  • Geddes undertook assessments on landscape and visual impacts, and impact on the setting of the Listed Buildings, to demonstrate an acceptable proposal
Illustrative Masterplan
The site includes the former Rosslynlee Hospital
New build homes form complementary development
The restoration of the former hospital forms the core of the proposal
Comprehensive landscaping to the former hospital grounds creates a pleasant setting to the proposal

Pitdinnie Road, Cairneyhill

Geddes secured Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) for 100 homes on this site, in 2016, to the north of Cairneyhill. The site is the first phase of a larger development which, through Geddes’ promotion to the Council, is now allocated in the Council’s adopted LDP. Flooding affecting existing residents in the settlement was identified as a key issue from the beginning. All technical work was reviewed by Geddes to ensure that a fully coordinated submission was made to the Council.

After obtaining PPP approval, Geddes went on to demonstrate to the Council that the detailed proposals were compliant,  securing Approval of Matters Specified in Conditions (AMSC). Construction began on site in 2017.

  • Secured Planning Permission for 100 homes and the potential for future expansion via an allocation in the adopted LDP
  • Ensured and demonstrated that the client’s detailed proposals were in accord with Council requirements, securing AMSC approval
  • Provided mitigation solutions which remedy existing flooding problems in the settlement
Masterplan for the site
The site is located on the northern edge of Cairneyhill
Illustrative view from a node within the site
New homes under construction on site