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Fairmilehead Community Consultation

Scottish Water Fairmilehead Water Treatment Works Community Consultation is now closed.

Planning permission in principle was granted on 8 June 2011 for development of up to 300 houses, in accordance with the Local Plan allocation. Scottish Water will now undertake an exercise to identify a suitable development partner.

The next stage will then be to prepare and submit a detailed scheme with plans showing access design, housing layout, house types and landscaping. It is expected to take 9 months – 1 year to select a development partner and then to produce a detailed scheme.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us in one of the following ways:

Email us at ‘’
Call our Customer Helpline on 0845 601 8855 and quote ‘Fairmilehead Consultation’
55 Buckstone Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 6XH

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is surplus land at Fairmilehead being sold?

Once the new Glencorse water treatment works (WTW) is fully operational, Scottish Water will no longer require most of the land, tanks, etc at the Fairmilehead WTW for its operational or strategic needs. These assets will therefore become redundant and we are required under Scottish Government rules to promote them for disposal and to seek to obtain the maximum price on their sale. By applying for planning consent for redevelopment for a different use Scottish Water hopes to secure a higher price than if the site was simply offered to the market with uncertainty about its future potential use.

What is the process for selling the land?

We are starting the public consultation about the planning application this week and this will be ongoing for 12 weeks in total.  Public consultation is required under planning legislation and by our own Consultation Code.  Indicative plans will be available for the public to view and we will hold an information day local to the Fairmilehead Office in the Fairmilehead Parish Church halls on Friday 8 October 2010 from 12.00 noon to 5pm and Saturday 9 October from 10am to 5pm. There will also be a short unmanned display in the Fairmilehead office after these dates. Once the 12 week consultation is complete Scottish Water will collate any responses and submit them together with our application for ‘planning permission in principle’ to City of Edinburgh Council.  The Council will then consider the proposal before providing us with their response.

Does this impact on Fairmilehead Office?

No, the office and car park are not included in the proposed planning application or sale of surplus land at Fairmilehead water treatment works.

When would construction begin?

This is extremely difficult to say.  In conjunction with the planning application we will also in due course be entering an open market process to select an outright purchaser or a development partner to develop the site.  Once the site is sold, it will be up to the developer to decide when construction work should begin.

What will happen to the Water Treatment Works currently at Fairmilehead?

Fairmilehead WTW will be decommissioned in the late summer 2011 by which time Glencorse WTW will be fully operational.

Why is the Alnwickhill not being included in this current consultation exercise?

The site at Alnwickhill contains a number of listed structures which mean that the planning proposals are more complex to agree.  That being said, the sale of Alnwickhill will follow a similar process to that of Fairmilehead and we intend that the Alnwickhill site will also be decommissioned in 2011.

If the Fairmilehead land is developed for housing what kind of impact will this have on traffic in the area?

As part of the application process, City of Edinburgh Council will consider the potential impact of traffic flows in the area, to ensure that this is at a manageable level.