Tag Archives: Pilrig Conservation Area

Our response to recent planning applications in Pilrig

Our Planning working group spends a considerable amount of time responding to planning applications across the Leith Central area, sometimes in favour, sometimes oppossing.

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)

Application 21/00528/FUL on edinburgh.gov.uk

LCCC have objected to this application. The City of Edinburgh Council’s planning department will make a final decision in the coming months.

50 Pirig Street (change from detatched house to block of flats)

Application 21/00246/FUL on edinburgh.gov.uk

LCCC have objected to this application. The City of Edinburgh Council’s planning department will make a final decision in the coming months.

LCCC March 2021 meeting agenda

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
    1. to note: declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
    2. to agree: order of business below
  2. Approval of Minutes of the Ordinary LCCC Meeting on 15 February 2021 meeting
  3. Matters Arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report

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Planning Application for large LED advertising hoarding at 10 Croall Place has been refused

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.

Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

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.

If you are more generally interested in LCCC’s activities regarding the built environment, please contact planning.lccc@leithcentralcc.co.uk.

*Information about Edinburgh’s conservation areas can be found here.

Draft minutes of LCCC meeting 16 June

Click to download:2014_06_16 draft

Topics discussed included

  • Pre-application consultation re 34b Haddington Place
  • Community Police Officer report
  • Leith Walk repairs and improvements
  • Planning application Tennant St 13/04405/FUL
  • SESplan
  • Co-option to Leith Central CC
  • 20mph zones

The Cockburn Association (The Edinburgh Civic Trust)

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:


Leith Central CC ratified Minutes, 26 August 2013

Here are ratified minutes from the meeting of 26 August: 2013_08_26 ratified. These are also on the Meeting Papers page.

The topics discussed were

  • Leith Walk repairs, including cycle lanes, poor cyclist behaviour on Leith Walk and allegedly poor contractual practices
  • Shrubhill House
  • Pilrig Conservation Area proposal approved
  • Trees in tenement gardens
  • Poor cycling behaviour
  • Leith Business Improvement District
  • Bottle banks
  • Seagull issues
  • LCCC website not being up to date
  • CC elections
  • Appointment of Secretary
  • Planning objections – 154 McDonald Road and 69a Kinnaird Park
  • BT Broadband box positioning
  • Halmyre Street mural
  • Pilrig Park cleanup