Forth Ports has revealed its masterplan for the first two urban villages to be developed at Leith Docks in Edinburgh.

The port operator is planning 1,870 homes and 1m sq ft of offices for the first two villages.

A cruise liner terminal and visitor centre for The Royal Yacht Britannia, up to five hotels, a transport interchange and shops, restaurants and leisure facilities all form part of the plans.

A quarter of the homes at the 64-acre site will be affordable.

The scheme was designed by waterfront specialist architect RTKL who designed the Inner Harbour in Baltimore.

‘It is important to have a vision in difficult times,’ said Forth Ports Group chief executive Charles Hammond. ‘Edinburgh Harbour will create a destination that anchors the waterfront development and delivers significant economic benefit to the Edinburgh and Scottish economies.

‘As a consequence, it creates a platform for the private and public sectors in Scotland to work together for the long term.’

The first two villages form part of the largest planning application in Edinburgh’s history for the regeneration of 378 acres at Edinburgh Harbour.

Leith Docks will provide 15,000 homes in total, as well as 1.4m sq ft of office and 970,000 sq ft of retail, cultural, community and leisure facilities across nine urban villages.

The outline plans were approved by Edinburgh Council in August 2008.

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