We try our best to both broadly represent the views of our constituents and ensure any proposed development meets current guidelines, particularly as parts of our ward falls either into either the Leith, Pilrig, Victoria Park or New Town conservation areas.
For transparency, we tend to publish our full comment once the application process closes. These can be found attached to meeting agendas at the relevant date.
Here are two of our recent responses to proposals in Pilrig:
54 Rosslyn Crescent (change from bowling green to high-density residential)
Following objections by LCCC and 22 others, the Planning Authority (CEC) has refused to grant planning permission for 19/03509/ADV as it is detrimental of the visual amenity of the area.
In LCCC’s view, the advert is clearly distacting and intrusive for both residential properties – some quite a distance away – which are disturbed by the advert’s illumination reaching inside properties, and pedestrians and drivers. It also impacts negatively on the character of the Conservation Area by its sheer visual reach all the way past the Pilrig Street junction.
It is also worth noting that the existing 5 year permission for the advert had run out on 11 April 2019 and its continuing use was therefore a breach of planning regulations and subject to an ongoing (why do these things take so long?) enforcement process.
Large parts of the Leith Central Community Council (LCCC) area are within a conservation area*; in addition many houses are ‘listed’. For residents and businesses who appreciate living or working in such buildings, the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival may be of interest. Running from 12 to 14 August, it covers such topics as ‘Maintaining Sash and Case Windows’ and ‘Painting and Decorating Demonstration’. All events are free but ticketed via Fringe Box Office.
This body exists to protect and enhance the beauty of Edinburgh. Its work includes
protecting Edinburgh’s historic skyline
supporting ‘repair and reuse’ of historic buildings
the development and proper use of sustainable transport systems, with priority given to public transport, cycling and pedestrian environments in Edinburgh
On Monday 21 march, Marion Williams, director of the CA, spoke to Leith Central CC about how the two bodies could work together to influence the forthcoming local development plan. Both LCCC and CA wish brownfield sites to be used before any more encroachment on Edinburgh’s greenbelt occurs. To support such efforts, or to influence CA’s policies, please consider joining CA, either online or by downloading, completing and submitting this form:
This appraisal delves into the history of the Pilrig area, and sets out the implications of the conservation area. Very informative and well laid out, it will be of interest to anyone concerned with Pilrig or conservation projects.