The site between Leith Walk and Halmyre Street has had its consultation extended until 1st June 2020.
Before we submit the below views, we want to hear yours. Please fill in this 30-second form and let Leith Central Community Council know what you would like included in our response.
We urge all local residents and businesses to to take part in potentially shaping the future of the site either by filling in the above form or on edinburgh.gov.uk.
Place Brief for the site between Leith Walk & Halmyre Street
Leith Central Community Council consultation response
(15-02-20, P. Forissier / H. Tobermann)
On 11 March 2019, LCCC called for formal planning guidance from CEC for the sites on both sides of lower Leith Walk (“Stead’s Place” and the site opposite, framed by Leith Walk at the old tram depot site to Manderston and Halmyre). On 25 March 2019, Neil Gardiner, CEC’s Planning Convener, responded: “There is considerable merit in your suggestion to prepare guidance in relation to the Stead’s Place site and also cover neighbouring development opportunities, for example land on the opposite side of Leith Walk. The preparation of a Place Brief would provide the opportunity for the local community to come together with landowners/ developers to discuss development options, aspirations and concerns across a number ofdevelopment sites.”
In early 2020, CEC started work on a Place Brief for the area between Leith Walk and Halmyre Street in the form public workshops and an online consultation.
Key elements and characteristics of the emerging Place Bief.
In view of the prominent location of both sites – east and west of Leith Walk, between Stead’s Place and Jane Street, and Manderson Street, Halmyre Street Smith Place respectively – Leith Central Community Council welcomes a Place Brief that guides future development in this area in a way that is sensitive to the surrounding urban fabric that is home and workplace of a strong community. Leith Central Community Council is conscious that the latter is vital to sustain the existing high density of the area. Given the size of both sites, insensitive or inappropriate “insertions” would undermine this strength and should therefore be ruled out by the Place Brief.
At the same time, the Place Brief is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve East-West and North-South permeability and to provide a step-change in health provision and much needed social and truly affordable housing.
The following elements should be part of the Place Brief
- Manderston Street and its railway arches should be part of the Brief, as well as former Tram Depot office building (165 Leith Walk) and the “Stead’s Place” shop frontage with the warehouses behind.
- The effects of any future development on the Conservation Area and all listed buildings surrounding the site should be acknowledged. In particular, the 2-storey “Stead’s Place” shop frontage needs to be a key element of any future development, as acknowledged by the DPEA appeal decision.
- The provision for truly affordable housing for rent and to buy, including social and council housing, should be made a priority to tackle homlessness and overcrowding.
- This part of Leith has an active local economy giving opportunities to access good quality work. A mixture of affordable residential, industrial, commercial and retail options is essential to protect a vibrant and lively Leith Walk as a place where people live and work.
- High quality pedestrian, and where possible, cycle routes through both sites – both north-south and east-west – should be designed in from the outset.
- Recognising the existing diversity of uses, there should be no single dominant use.
- Sensitive and diverse architectural styles should be at the heart of the future design.
- No overly massive design should be allowed; scale and density must be in tune with existingbuildings surrounding the sites.
- Considering the size of the site, the future developments should create an attractive series of places rather than one place.
- Design features should complement existing styles while contributing to the existing eclectic character of this part of Leith Walk.
- Outstanding precedents like the award winning Goldsmith Street in Norwich and Leith Fort should inspire the Place Brief.
- The inclusion of significant greenspace should be an essential part of the Place Brief.
- Developer’s contributions should be ring fenced for community agreed projects.
- Cultural and social spaces should be considered a priority for future community development.
- There is a range of spaces and opportunities to meet for the elderly and vulnerable people but many are at risk, like the Bingo Hall.
- Serious consideration needs to be given to the relocation of the outdated NHS facilities at Allander and Inchkeith House to a purpose-built health centre on the West side with “walk-in” access through one of the retained shop frontages. The existing – refurbished – buildings would lend themselves to retail or community use at ground level with residential accommodation above.
Please fill in this 30-second form and let Leith Central Community Council know your thoughts about our response.
CEC emailed LCCC and many others on 7 May about an extension of the consultation-period on the draft place-brief for Leith Walk/Halmyre Street.
I may have written to you previously to tell you we were looking for views on the draft place brief for Leith Walk / Halmyre Street. The place brief sets out a vision and key principles to inform the design of future development on the site.
Due to the Covid-19 lockdown the online consultation has been extended until 1 June 2020. There is more time therefore to give us your views on the draft brief if you haven’t already done so. Here is the link to the consultation: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/leith-walk-halmyre-street-site-brief.
There are links to the draft brief and some supporting documents including a summary of the previous consultations.
We hope to hear from you
Lesley Porteous / Planner / Spatial Policy / Place Directorate / The City of Edinburgh Council / Waverley Court, Level G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG / Tel 0131 529 3203 / email@example.com / www.edinburgh.gov.uk
Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held at McDonald Road library on Monday 17 February 2020 at 7:00pm
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(with apologies for the delay in posting this)
Following current government guidance on Covid-19, the final Choices for City Plan drop-in event scheduled to take place on Thursday 19 March 2020 at the St Bride’s Community Centre was cancelled.
If you had been planning to attend and/or have any questions about Choices for City Plan 2030, please contact the City Plan team and we will do our best to answer your queries. You can contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone 0131 529 4692.
The Choices for City Plan online consultation will remain open for you to let us know your comments until 31 March 2030.
A new Development Plan Scheme outlining the proposed schedule to take City Plan 2030 to the Proposed Plan stage will be presented to Committee later in 2020.
You can keep up to date with the project and any changes by:
(adapted from a post on Planning Edinburgh)
In addition to the published engagement programme and the online consultation, CEC is holding two more events for those who would like to find out more or comment:
- A drop in event to see the plans and talk to CEC staff in person about our strategy at Ratho Community Centre on Thursday 12th March 2020 from 4pm until 7.30pm.
- A consultation hub surgery where if needed CEC staff can give one-to-one help to fill in the consultation at Currie Library on Monday 16th March 2020 from 4pm until 7pm.
You can read more about CEC’s Future Edinburgh consultations and give CEC your views here.
Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held at McDonald Road library on Monday 20 January 2020 at 7:00pm Continue reading
Monday, 17 February 2020 at 7pm, at the Nelson Hall in McDonald Road Library
- Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
- to note: declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
- to agree: order of business
- Approval of minutes of 20 January 2020 meeting
- Matters arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)
- Community Police Officer’s Rreport
- Proposed purpose-built student accommodation development with community space, associated infrastructure and amenity space, bicycle parking, landscaping and upgrade of pedestrian path and steps @ 11 – 23 Montrose Terrace Edinburgh (20/00496/FUL)
- to note: Leith Central Community Council are statutory consultees for this application
- to note: presentation and Q&A by Glencairn (applicants) regarding this application
- to note: extended deadline for LCCC comments (20 March 2020)
- to note: status of current planning applications (FEB 2020)
- to ratify: LCCC’s response to Scottish Government Planning Performance and Fees Consultation
- to agree: LCCC’s consultation response to consultation on place brief for East side of lower Leith Walk between Leith Walk and Halmyre Street
- to note: update on SLW’s community right to buy campaign
- to note: Draft notes of Pre-Application Presentation at January LCCC meeting regarding 19/05515/PAN 2-4, 6,14 Bonnington Road Lane and 200 Bonnington Road Edinburgh EH6 5RB, made by Orbit for the developer
- Local plan (City Plan 2030)
- to note: consultation “Choices for City Plan 2030” (main issues report) underway (ends 27-03-20) and parallel City Mobility Plan (see item 9b below)
- >to note: LCCC response to be based on our earlier paper
- to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
- LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports
- to note: update on issues and complaints around recent Community Council elections
- to note: Treasurer’s report
- to note: Engagement Officer’s and Comms Group reports
- to note: reports from other Office Bearers
- to note: update on LCCC representation on outside bodies
- Parks & Green Spaces
- to note: Powderhall Railway Path update
- to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report
- to note: other Park Friend’s reports
- to note: concerns over expense for use of St Mark’s (Craigroyston FC) and Pilrig Park (Pilmeny Sports Academy) by local sports clubs
- Transport & Clean Streets
- Trams to Newhaven
- to note: information shared by Tram Team at meeting with Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT) on 28 January and ongoing preparatory works on Leith Walk
- to note: start of two year closure of three lanes on Leith Walk from 28 March with flanking measures
- to note: near-simultaneous closure of two lanes on North Bridge for 16 months from 17 February
- to note: any issues that have arisen for local residents or businesses that have not been dealt with satisfactorily by the Tram Project Team
- City Mobility Plan
- to note: 8 week consultation underway (ends 27-03-20)
- to note: update from Transport Forum – City Mobility Plan event (7 February 2020)
- to agree: to focus LCCC response (to be agreed at March meeting) on proposed measures with direct impact on LCCC area
- to note: introduction of on-street cycle storage facilities throughout the city (locations)
- to note: first local TRO10/20 in West Montgomery Place
- to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area
- Open Forum
- Officials given taste of everyday hazards which blind and disabled people face in Edinburgh’s streets (Evening News, 04-02-20)
- Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
- to note: 2020: 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun
- to note: future presentations and charrettes
- tbc 17 Feb: Montrose Terrace student accommodation by Glencairn Properties
- tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)
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