Drum Property Group has submitted revised plans for their controversial development on Leith Walk in Edinburgh. New Start recently reported on the proposal, which has provoked a fierce reaction from the local community. Drum, in partnership with Places for People and The University of Edinburgh, hope to demolish a two storey 1930s sandstone row of buildings to create postgraduate student accommodation with 500 beds, as well as building a hotel, new retail spaces and 53 ‘affordable’ homes. Drum has said that current tenants will be offered the right of return, but campaigners are concerned that due to the sizes of the units, which are larger than what is currently there, the only businesses able to afford the rents will be large multinationals. Graeme Bone, group managing director of Drum, said: ‘We have listened to the often passionate views of the local traders and community and we understand the importance of maintaining a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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