Stead’s Place – planning decision

Last week, Edinburgh Council refused planning permission for the ‘Stead’s Place’ development. A letter confirming that decision is below.

The council’s reasons for the refusal were:

  1. The proposal is contrary to Local Development Plan Policy Env5 in respect of Conservation Areas – Demolition of Buildings and the non-statutory guidance on Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas as the building makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area and the design of the proposed replacement building does not outweigh the loss of the existing building.
  2. The proposal is contrary to Historic Environment Policy Statement 2016 as the building makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area and the design of the proposed replacement building does not outweigh the loss of the existing building.

This does not mean this is over: the developer may appeal the council’s decision. (Just now we have no information on whether an appeal will be made – watch this space!) Continue reading

Review of community council scheme

(Adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

I am writing to update you on the consultation process currently underway with regard to the Review of the Scheme. Following the preliminary period of consultation a draft Scheme has been produced. A summary of the consultation process and key findings are included in the attached report which was approved at today’s Council meeting (7 February 2019). This will be available to watch on the Council’s webcast site once archived (usually within 24 hours of conclusion of meeting).

The first statutory consultation period begins on 11 February 2019 and a public notice will be placed in the Evening News advertising this. Community councils and the public are invited to comment on the draft Scheme and complaints procedure which are attached as appendices to the report.

A copy of the proposed Scheme will be available for inspection by the public and community councillors at locality offices, libraries and https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk.

Any community council or member of public wishing to make comments on the draft proposals are invited to send these via the consultation hub link above, in writing to me at the address below or by email to community.councils@edinburgh.gov.uk to arrive not later than 22 April 2019. Please forward details of the consultation to any groups or individuals in your area who may be interested in submitting comments. Community councils are also encouraged to add the consultation web links to their website.

The following drop-in sessions have been arranged, I will be in attendance on these dates to answer questions on the draft scheme:

  • 21 February 2019, 1 – 2 pm, Drumbrae Library Hub, 81 Drumbrae Drive.
  • 21 February 2019, 3 – 4 pm, Wester Hailes Library, 1 Westside Plaza.
  • 28 February 2019, 2- 3 pm, South East Office, 40 Captain’s Road.
  • 28 February 2019, 4 – 5 pm, East Office, 101 Niddrie Mains Road.
  • 6 March 2019, 5.30 – 6.30 pm, City Chambers, High Street.

Comments and feedback from this consultation will help to inform the revised Community Council Scheme.

If you have any further questions relating to the Review, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards

Ross A Murray  | Governance Officer | Strategy & Communications Division | Chief Executive | City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 2.1  |  4 East Market Street, Edinburgh | Tel  0131 469 3870 | email Ross.murray@edinburgh.gov.uk

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, Thursday 10 January 2019

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 10 January 2019 at 5:30pm

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Edinburgh Council’s 2019/20 budget – more consultation

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council. LCCC has not (yet) decided its view on Edinburgh Council’s budget work, so this post is purely for information.)

Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback at the end of last year on developing a four-year plan to meet the changing demands of our city and its services and completed our budget planner. You can read the feedback here.

Since then we have done further work on how we can continue to deliver services, while balancing our budgets for next year and beyond. However, we need to save more money in 2019/20 than we had originally anticipated and so want to hear from your Community Council and people in your area again.

No decisions have been taken yet and councillors will consider these proposals at the Council’s budget meeting on 21 February.

Please complete our online survey by Monday 11 February and share this link widely.

Ross A Murray  | Governance Officer | Strategy & Communications Division | Chief Executive | City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 2.1  |  4 East Market Street, Edinburgh | Tel  0131 469 3870 | email Ross.murray@edinburgh.gov.uk

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 29 November 2018

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 29 November at 5:30pm

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Review of Community Council Scheme – Questionnaire

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The City of Edinburgh Council is currently considering carrying out a statutory consultation on a revised Scheme for Community Councils. The Scheme_for_Community_Councils is the key document establishing governance, relationship with the Council and procedural rules for community councils in Edinburgh.

The current Scheme for Community Councils was approved by the City of Edinburgh Council in 2013. A number of areas have been identified where the current Scheme does not provide sufficient clarity or guidance. A formal review is therefore proposed in order to strengthen the community council governance and decision making framework by building upon the existing document. A final decision on whether to proceed to statutory consultation will be taken by Councillors in February 2019.

Key stakeholders are asked to complete the questionnaire (linked below) to help formulate proposals:

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/ce/d19b4e28

If you have any questions regarding the questionnaire or require a hard copy please contact Ross Murray on community.councils@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Ross A Murray  | Governance Officer | Strategy & Communications Division | Chief Executive | City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 2.1  |  4 East Market Street, Edinburgh | email Ross.murray@edinburgh.gov.uk