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.
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.
Arguably, tenements are the most successful form of urban living around the world. Our area* – the most densely populated in Scotland (census 2011) – is more or less defined by strong lines of tenements along our residential and shopping streets. Where these tenements are arranged around a “back green” they also provide much needed breathing space in a busy city. A lot of tenements in our area are more than 100 years old. Most residents in our area live in a tenement.
For a variety of reasons (latterly, including AirBnB), it is sometimes difficult to manage a tenement and even more problematic to maintain them collectively. This has also been recognised elsewhere as an issue and since March 2018, a Scottish Parliamentary Working Group has been meeting with the purpose of establishing solutions to aid, assist and, where necessary, to compel owners of tenement properties to maintain their buildings.
Leith Central Community Council (LCCC) is pleased to have Euan Leitch, Director of Built Environment Forum Scotland, at our monthly publicmeeting on 18 November at McDonald Road Library to provide an update on the final recommendations of the working group and upcoming (legislative) developments. His talk is titled Tenements: strengthening the repair & maintenance culture through legislation and will be followed by a Q&A.
* roughly between Easter Rd, London Road, Leith Walk, McDonald Rd, Ferry Road and the Foot of Leith Walk
18 November 2019 7pm McDonald Road Library – all welcome
The Scottish Government & Architecture Design Scotland are coming to Edinburgh on 11th and 12th December. They say
Home is more than simply shelter. It is not just the place where we live, but has a huge influence on how we live. It can shape our health and wellbeing, as well as our work and prosperity. It also impacts on the quality of our environment and the strength of our communities. Housing touches every part of life in Scotland, from childhood to old age.
We’re here to explore the future, working to understand what our homes and communities should look and feel like in 2040. The exhibition looks at themes around living and housing, offering the opportunity for discovery and discussion – gathering and sharing views about our housing needs and aspirations.
By listening to voices from across the country and across generations, we’re building a picture of a housing system that can evolve and adapt to the challenges that tomorrow brings, from an ageing population to the climate emergency.
The views collected through the consultation and the travelling exhibition will help to inform the Scottish Government’s final vision and route map for housing over the next 20 years, which it is aiming to publish in spring 2020.
Local residents have just over two weeks to read through and comment on the large planning applications published by the Drum Property Group for 156, 158B, 160 and 162 Leith Walk, Edinburgh (EH6 5DX). The application closes on 7th September 2018.
The application refers to the site across from the former Tram Depot on Leith Walk which stretches to the east-end of Pilrig Park and Springfield. People in the area are encouraged to comment on the plans which include a hotel, student accomodation, affordable housing, restaraunts and a live music venue.
Please be advised there are two applications that need commented on seperately;
18/04349/CON – The application to demolish buildings within the Pilrig Conservation Area