Drum Property Group, the new owners of the buildings at 156-162 Leith Walk, have initiated the statutory pre-application consultation (PAC) process prior to developing their site. The developer’s plans, as intimated in their pre-application notice (PAN), are
‘the demolition of existing buildings and erection of a mixed use development including affordable housing (flats), post graduate student accommodation, hotel (Class 7), restaurant (Class 3), space for potential community (Class 10 & 11), retail (Class 1), public house or commercial uses (Class 2 & 4). Includes associated infrastructure, landscaping and car parking’
As part of the PAC process, LCCC has asked the developer for a presentation and Q&A session, which has now been set for Monday, 21 May 2018.
Prior to that there will be exhibitions, where the developer’s pre-application plans can be studied:
- 23 March Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-8
- 24 March Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-5
- 4 May Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-8
- 5 May Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-5
Pre-application plans, by their very nature, are often still quite vague; the intention of the planning process is to invite constructive input from members of the public before the plans are ‘set in stone’. The planning process requires the developer to consider such input with a view to incorporating it into their application drawings. Or to set them aside by providing adequate reasoning.
LCCC has set up a short-life taskforce to study the pre-application drawings, and we would encourage readers to do likewise, so that we all arrive at the LCCC meeting on 21 May as fully informed as possible, and ready to ask questions and provide constructive input.