LCCC March 2019 meeting agenda

Meeting of Leith Central Community Council
Monday, 18 March 2019 at 7pm
McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest, order of business
    1. to agree: co-option of new Community Council member Pierre Forissier
  2. Approval of Minutes of 18 February 2019 meeting
  3. Matters arising from previous minutes (and not on agenda below)
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. City Plan 2030
    1. briefing by CEC Local Plan Team (Lynne McMenemy, Naomi Sandilands) and Q&A
      1. to note: role of and importance of Local Development Plan and outline timetable for City Plan 2030
      2. to note: area statistics
    2. discussion of LCCC priorities and focus for the Local Development Plan
      1. to note: local sites with potential for further change and development
      2. to note: scope for new or improved planning policies and guidelines relevant to LCCC area
  6. Planning
    1. to note: changes to the Council’s Scheme of Delegation and Community Council’s Statutory Consultee status
    2. to note: report from Edinburgh Civic Forum 5 March 2019 (Civic Forum agenda)
    3. to note: status of current planning applications March 2019
    4. to note: Stead’s Place updates
      1. correspondence from Fyfe Hyland (Drum Group) in response to Save Leith Walk’s ‘Open The Shops’ campaign
      2. correspondence with UoE
      3. LCCC request to Planning Convenor (and ward councillors)
    5. to note: proposed new date for pre-application consultation on 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk) and request for charrette-type workshop
  7. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report
    2. to note: update on Water of Leith walkway
    3. to note: update on proposals to improve local green spaces in collaboration with Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust and neighbouring community councils
  8. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. Tram Extension Project
      1. to note: deputation by LCCC and Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT) to Transport & Environment Committee 28-02-19 (briefing)
      2. to note: CCTT joint statement issued prior to Full Council Meeting 14-03-19
      3. to note: next steps, impact on LCCC area of construction
    2. to note: Strategic Review of Parking – Results of Area 1 Review
  9. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ Reports
    1. Governance issues
      1. to note: Review of Scheme for Community Councils
      2. to agree: review of membership of LCCC committees and working groups
      3. to note: proposed protocol for LCCC agendas
      4. to note: community council elections in October and possibility of collaborative promotion with neighbouring community councils
    2. to note: Comms Group Report
    3. to note: Treasurer’s Report
      1. to agree: proposed projector spending and storage arrangements
    4. to note: reports from other Office Bearers
  10. Bulletin
  11. Open Forum
  12. AOCB
  13. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. Dates 2019: 15 April, 20 May (AGM), 17 June
    2. to note potential future presentations
      1. PAC (charette-style) on 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk) – date TBC
      2. Briefing on upcoming Tenement Maintenance legislation – date and speaker TBC

Local development plan explained!

Edinburgh Council’s CityPlan team will explain the local development plan process, and introduce what they see as the key (local) issues. This will be at LCCC’s March meeting: Monday 18 March at 7pm at McDonald Road library. The presentation will be followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.

This is important because LCCC’s area is amongst the most densely populated ones in Scotland, with substantial brownfield plots and other developments opportunities (and parallel infrastructure pressures). Hence day to day planning issues are often at the top of LCCC’s agenda.

LCCC August approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 20 August at 7:00pm Continue reading

What is Open Space?

At the recent Additional Development Management Sub-Committee of the Planning Committee (29th June 2018), where the future of the closed Meadowbank site was discussed for seven (!) hours, the concept of ‘Open Space’ was invoked by councillors, planning officers and members of the public. Some speakers thought the current site constitutes ‘Open Space’, while other claimed it wasn’t because it is not accessible by the public. Why is this important, even if Meadowbank is clearly outwith the LCCC’s area?

The answer is that Open Space is protected by the Local Development Plan in Policy Env 18 (Open Space Protection):

Proposals involving the loss of open space will not be permitted unless it is demonstrated that:

  1. there will be no significant impact on the quality or character of the local environment
    and
  2. the open space is a small part of a larger area or of limited amenity or leisure value and there is a significant over-provision of open space serving the immediate area
    and
  3. the loss would not be detrimental to the wider network including its continuity or biodiversity value
    and either
  4. there will be a local benefit in allowing the development in terms of either alternative equivalent provision being made or improvement to an existing public park or other open space
    or
  5. the development is for a community purpose and the benefits to the local community outweigh the loss.

In other words, existing Open Space has quite strong protection under this policy and can only be sacrificed for development if the first three conditions (a-c) are met and either (d) or (e).

So is Meadowbank Open Space or not?

There is a clear-cut answer in Planning Advice Note: PAN 65 Planning and Open Space:

The term ‘open space’ covers greenspace consisting of any vegetated land or structure, water, path or geological feature within and on the edges of settlements, and civic space consisting of squares, market places and other paved or hard landscaped areas with a civic function. Some spaces may combine green and civic space elements, but one type or other will usually predominate.

All spaces, regardless of ownership and accessibility (i.e. public and private spaces) contribute to the amenity and character of an area and can be taken into account by councils when undertaking their open space audits and strategies.

The intention behind this definition is that Open Space is not only valuable because it can be accessed, but – just as importantly in a densely populated city – that it provides ‘breathing space’, and its usefulness and amenity can arise simply from the opportunity for city-dwellers to rest their weary eyes on a natural feature or the horizon.

And this is very relevant to people living and working in the Leith Central Community Council area, which includes the most densely populated area in Scotland (census 2011).

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Heat opportunities mapping: public consultation on draft supplementary guidance

The City of Edinburgh Council has prepared draft Supplementary Guidance on Heat Opportunities Mapping. This sets out potential opportunities for establishing district heat networks within the context of the Local Development Plan.

You can view the draft Supplementary Guidance online at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/supplementaryguidance or through the Council’s Consultation Hub: consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/heat-supplementary-guidance.

(All of CEC’s Supplementary Guidance, providing further details on policies in the adopted Edinburgh Local Development Plan is online at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/supplementaryguidance.)

The consultation begins on Thursday 29 March 2018 and closes on Thursday 10 May 2018.  All response should be submitted via the Consultation Hub.

If you have any queries about the draft guidance, then please contact Lynne McMenemy of CEC by email: lynne.mcmenemy@edinburgh.gov.uk or telephone 0131 529 2485.

Lynne McMenemy|Planning Officer|Development Plan team|Place Directorate|The City of Edinburgh Council |Waverley Court, Level G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG|Tel 0131 529 2485|lynne.mcmenemy@edinburgh.gov.uk|www.edinburgh.gov.uk