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Harbour 31

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Forth Ports Limited is delighted to bring forward proposals for the redevelopment of 9.38 hectares of land at the Port of Leith. The site, named Harbour 31, is situated to the south of Edinburgh Dock at the eastern end of the Port of Leith and is currently used for industrial port activities. The redevelopment of this area represents an exciting opportunity to create a vibrant new waterfront neighbourhood within Leith. Harbour 31 will provide new homes, commercial and retail space, hotel use, flexible work and office space and landscaped public amenity space.

High quality architecture and public realm which will enhance the city’s connection to the waterfront, whilst maintaining close links with the expanding green and creative industries within the Port of Leith. Harbour 31 aspires to create an exciting new neighbourhood for north Edinburgh which fits with the green transition occurring within the Port of Leith and aims to meet the demand for greener living both now and in the future.


This website provides information on Forth Ports Limited proposals and sets out opportunities for the public to engage, ask questions and make comment upon the development proposals which will inform any future planning application.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) for the proposed development was submitted to City of Edinburgh Council on 26 May 2022 setting out the details of pre-application consultation including engagement via this website.

Forth Ports Limited welcomes the views of the public which will assist in developing the proposals further. The proposed development forms part of Forth Ports’ plans to contribute towards the ongoing regeneration of Edinburgh’s waterfront and presents a unique opportunity for residential-led, mixed-use development at the Port of Leith.

In June 2022 we hosted an online public consultation event, at which we presented our early proposals. We will now be hosting a second in-person consultation event. The details of this event are set out below:


Second Consultation Event

15 September 2022 3PM to 7PM, Ocean Terminal, Leith (Ground floor outside, beside Costa)

We have been developing our proposals over the summer and we will be hosting a public exhibition on 15 September 2022 between 3pm and 7pm at Ocean Terminal (on the ground floor, beside Costa Coffee), where we will be available to answer your questions and receive your comments on the proposals. Our proposals take into account the feedback received from our online public exhibition in June 2022, the Council and other stakeholders, as well as the findings of technical studies.


A copy of the exhibition presentation boards is provided below.

Second consultation event September 2022:

View/Download Public Exhibition Presentation Boards

First consultation event June 2022:

View/Download Public Exhibition Presentation Boards


Once you have considered the proposals and if you choose to do so, you can ask questions during the public event on 15 September 2022 and thereafter via the contact details below, Forth Ports Limited would be delighted to receive your feedback. All feedback should be submitted by 12 October 2022.

Please note: you can provide feedback at any time before the deadline by completing and submitting the online form below. You can:

Pick up a copy of the feedback form at our event on 15 September and return directly to a member of our team;

Complete the online feedback form;

Alternatively, you can download the form, complete it and return by either email or post to the contact at the bottom of this page:
View contact details.


The development will see the regeneration of land adjacent to the newly opened FirstStage Studios, providing a place to live and work, for both creative and green jobs, as the Port of Leith transitions to become Scotland’s premier renewables hub. The site will also benefit from the new tram extension due to open in mid-2023.


Harbour 31 has the aspiration to create a vibrant new neighbourhood for Leith. The plans for the waterside location include: 700-800 residential apartments, a hotel, flexible workspaces and offices and leisure facilities. The site sits on a dockside location and fits well with the Council’s Local Development Plan as being housing-led, mixed-use development.


Summer 2022

Forth Ports Limited will continue to progress with the design of its proposals. This will take into account feedback from community engagement and pre-application discussions with City of Edinburgh Council and other stakeholders as well as the findings of technical studies.

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Late Summer/early Autumn 2022

A second community engagement event, will take place at Ocean Terminal on 15 September 2022 the details of which are outlined on this website.

The design of the proposals will continue to be developed following the second consultation.

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Autumn 2022

The proposals will be finalised and it is intended that an application for Planning Permission in Principle will be submitted to City of Edinburgh Council.

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About Us

Forth Ports

Forth Ports was established in 1967 as a Port Authority and through continued investment and acquisitions we have grown to be the 3rd largest port operator group in the UK. Investment has always been and remains a core strategy for Forth Ports. Our continuous commitment to investing for the future has positioned Forth Ports as a market leader in supporting major and specialist projects for customers across a vast array of industries, adding real value in the process. Now with over 1,100 employees, Forth Ports Group has grown to be a major UK employer, key contributor to the national economy, and trusted partner to an ever-increasing number of industry leading customers. Our ports assist in developing logistics flows across the UK and support many key industries.

Comprehensive Design Architects (CDA)

CDA are architects and masterplanners based in Edinburgh. We bring a wealth of experience built over the past 40 years of delivering masterplans, new communities, places to live, work and play.

We thrive on delivering exemplar, people-focussed environments, transforming and regenerating often forgotten parts of the city.

Our recent experience includes a new residential-led masterplan on the Ropeworks site close to South Edinburgh Docks that delivered 640 new homes planned around a large landscaped park. This park was located within the heart of the development with community allotments and links through to Leith Links that allows people to activate and engage with their new neighbourhood.

We are proud to be involved in developing a masterplan that will add new life and vibrancy to a truly unique site within Edinburgh Docks. Our focus to create a vibrant new mixed-use community within the setting of the historic Leith Docks is an exciting opportunity.

Community engagement is a fundamental part of our design process to ensure that the creation of ‘place’ is collaborative and ensures that collectively we deliver a cohesive and welcome addition to the City of Edinburgh.


Anyone who is unable to access the information on the website, or has any questions or wishes to submit their feedback via post or email can contact the Applicant via:

Holder Planning,
139 Comiston Road,
Edinburgh EH10 5QN

Telephone: 07841 487916