Below is the full correspondance from the the Convenor of LCCC’s Planning sub-group, Harald Tobermann and Kenneth Bowles regarding the extension for comments on the planning applications until the 28th September 2018.
Dear Kenneth Bowes
I write to request an extension for comments for both the above applications by four weeks to 5 October; this should apply to both community councils and local residents for the following reasons:
- the applications were filed and advertised during the holiday and council recess period when many people are not in Edinburgh, including ward councillors whose advise is sought by their electors
- there are a very large number of documents to consider, some very lengthy and complex
- there is great local and wider public interest in these applications, possibly the most substantial since the application for Shrub Place (that went to appeal)
- the timing of several local community council meetings where these applications will receive public scrutiny do not mesh with the currently advertised timeline
Finally, the application 18/04349/CON has been advertised misleadingly as concerning “156, 158B, 160 And 162 Leith Walk Edinburgh EH6 5DX” (the application form on the portal gives merely a grid sequence); however, it appears demolition is sought for 106-154 Leith Walk. This applies to a lesser extend also to 18/04332/FUL (which gives the same misleading address). To avoid subsequent legal uncertainty over the validity of the process, it seems to me that it would be prudent to re-advertise both applications with a new timeline, or – if the applicant supplied invalid information – to invite them to resubmit.
Leith Central Community Council
Dear Harald Tobermann,
In response to your email, the original address does appear to be incorrect. Therefore both applications are to be re-advertised with a new expiry date of 28th September 2018. This should provide the community council (and other interested parties) enough time to provide a response.
Senior Planning Officer
Majors Waterfront Team – City of Edinburgh Council
Leith Central Community Council have yet to formally submit their response.