A concise but explanatory story about how planning is shaped by market forces. The case of Fountainbridge, Edinburgh.
Where did we as a community and Community Council go wrong? We engaged at every stage, we made representations and lobbied. However we had no effect on the outcomes of these many developments over many years. Were we just naïve to believe that we could make a difference? The community had a vision but the reality has been determined by the market. The profitability of housing for sale waned and the profits were better in student housing, hotels and aparthotels. The next phase is starting where high cost housing for rent appears profitable so that is what we will get.