Consultation on updating the planning performance and fee regimes

adapted from an email from the Scottish Government

Recently, the Scottish Government published a consultation on updating the planning performance and fee regimes which will run until 14th February 2020. This was a key action identified in our work programme which was published in September 2019. The consultation reflects Scottish Ministers’ commitment to the principle that any increases to planning fees must be linked to improved performance.

The consultation seeks to move planning fees towards covering the costs of determining applications for planning permission as well as seeking views on what additional services which planning authorities provide should be subject to a fee, the circumstances whereby an authority may reduce or waive a planning fee and the introduction of charges for appealing planning decisions.

https://consult.gov.scot/planning-architecture/planning-performance-and-fees/

Police Scotland – Introduction of the Contact Assessment Model

adapted from an email from Police Scotland

The Contact Assessment Model (CAM) will revolutionise the way Polcie Scotland assesses and responds to contact from the public and bring about a fundamental change to the way local policing is delivered to communities in Scotland.

CAM will be introduced in Edinburgh and the Lothians by spring 2020

Please click here to see a letter from the Edinburgh Divisional Commander Sean Scott which provides more detail about CAM.

Jocelyn O’Connor
Chief Inspector
CAM Project
Corporate Services Division
Area Control Room
Bilston Glen Industrial Estate
Dryden Road, Loanhead
EH20 9IZ

Telephone:  0131 440 6860
Email : ProjectContactAssessmentModelPolicy@scotland.pnn.police.uk
Website: www.scotland.police.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/policescotland
Facebook: www.facebook.com/policescotland

Trams to Newhaven – Construction work to pause for Christmas and New Year period

adapted from an email from Trams to Newhaven. For more information, please see their latest Project Newsletter.

Please note that construction work on the Trams to Newhaven project will pause for Christmas and New Year from 5.00pm on 20 December 2019 until 7.00am on Monday 6 January 2020.

All open excavations on Constitution Street have been backfilled with sand to protect the ground conditions. Footways have been reinstated where possible and the majority of traffic management on Leith Walk will be removed, with barriers remaining around street lighting columns and build-outs.

During the festive period, we will secure all construction site entry and exit gates using a coded padlock.  All emergency services have been given the code should they need to gain access and the site will be inspected twice a day.

The scaffolding at the South Leith Parish Church wall will remain in place over the festive period and will be inspected regularly.

Our contact centre opening hours over the period are:

  • Saturday 21st December 2019 – Monday 23rd December 2019 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 24th December 2019 & Tuesday 31st December 2019 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Friday 27th December 2019 – Monday 30th December 2019 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Friday 3rd January 2020 – Sunday 5th January 2020 8:00am to 8:00pm

How to contact the project

Telephone: 0131 322 1122
Email: Newhaven.tram@edinburgh.gov.uk
Live chat: www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk

The contact centre will be closed on the following days although calls will be auto-forwarded to the on-call team:

  • Wednesday 25th December 2019
  • Thursday 26th December 2019
  • Wednesday 1st January 2020
  • Thursday 2nd January 2020

The operating times for the Mitchell St logistics hub over the period are:

  • 21st, 22nd, 23rd =  8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 24th December =  8.00am – 3.00pm
  • 25th and 26th December = CLOSED
  • 27th, 28th = 8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 29th = Sunday closure
  • 30th December =  8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 31st December =  8.00am – 3.00pm
  • 1st, 2nd January =  CLOSED
  • 3rd January =  8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 4th January =  8.00am – 3.00pm
  • 5th January – Sunday closure

Traffic management maintenance crews will be operational 24/7 over the Christmas period.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in contact.

 

Stead’s Place development halted

The controversial plans proposed by Drum Property Group (18/04332/FUL & 18/04349/CON) have formally been rejected by the Scottish Government today, after several campaign groups and statutory bodies including Leith Central Community Council and the City of Edinburgh Council objected to the proposals earlier this year.

This means that the plans that have been circulating this year are definitively shelved, and the site owners will have to pursue another option, be it new plans or a sell-off of the site. We do not yet know how they will respond.

Please see the PDFs provided by the Scottish Government below.

Decision Notice – dated 20 December 2019 cac_651950

Decision Notice – dated 20 December 2019_651885

Although it’s a welcome decision, it’s Leith Central Community Council’s duty to continue objectively scrutinising and examining all future planning applications, including any that come forward relating to this site. There will no doubt be work to be done and we look forward to continuing the work.

Lastly, Leith Central Community Council must reiterate the importance of the shopfronts down Leith Walk, and encourage the site owners to re-open the shops in the interim if there is no immediate development taking place.

LCCC November 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held at McDonald Road library on Monday 18 November 2019 at 7:30pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading