Proposed amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill

(adapted from an email from Ciaran McDonald)

As you may have seen in the press this week, Andy Wightman MSP has proposed amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill regarding second homes and short-term lets.

If passed, these proposals amend section 26 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 so that second homes and short-term lets (amendments 44 and 45, respectively) will require full planning consent. Further information about these amendments can be found in the attached briefing paper (PDF).

Andy welcomes your views and opinions on this and requests that you send your thoughts to him by 31 August 2018 via email (andy.wightman.msp@parliament.scot) or in writing to the address below.

Ciaran McDonald
Researcher to Andy Wightman MSP
MG.20 | The Scottish Parliament | Edinburgh | EH99 1SP
T: 0131 348 6368
E: ciaran.mcdonald@parliament.scot

Public meeting: ‘The Betrayal of Community, Culture and Heritage’

(Adapted from an email from lettherebelightedinburgh.org. LCCC is aware that this is out of LCC’s area, but this may be of interest to LCCC residents.) 

The Betrayal of Community, Culture and Heritage

Invitation to a City-wide Public Meeting

7pm Tuesday 29 May 2018
Central Hall, Tollcross EH3 9BP

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Terry Levinthal
    Director of the Cockburn Association
  • James Simpson OBE
    Vice President of ICOMOS-UK (advisers to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee)
  • Andy Whiteman
    Writer, researcher and MSP

This meeting coincides with the publication of the World Heritage Management Plan and the Scottish Government’s ‘game changing’ Planning Bill, and in complimenting the recently established Community Empowerment legislation, supports the demand for a Community Right of Appeal, to establish a fair planning system that guards against development NOT in the public interest.

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Year in Review 2017: what LCCC has done

Engage

One of Leith Central Community Council’s main remits is to ensure residents in the area know what’s going on. The large volume of works across the Leith Central area has meant we’ve put extra focus in ensuring information is getting relayed. This has included having several developers in to present building work proposals to the community, such as at the site of the soon-to-close John Lewis depot in Bonnington and Student Accomodation along Leith Walk. We’ve also hosted various public meetings regarding national items of interest, such as Scottish Government Planning Reform, which was presented by Ben Macpherson, our MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith.

Lastly, we’ve held discussions with Leith Walk and Leith Street contractors on multiple occasions to learn more about upcoming works and feed back into the plans. Several times, this has also resulted in some members going on walking tours with the contractor to inspect completed works, such as those in Pilrig Street.

Organise

When the 2017 snap General Election was called, we invited all five candidates to the Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Dalmeny Street for a live elections hustings – an opportunity for the community to hear candidates’ views on various issues and policies. This was chaired by Port of Leith Housing Associations’ Keith Anderson.

We are taking part in the newly launched ‘Leith Chooses’ alongside ‘Leith Harbour Community Council’ and ‘Leith Links Community Council’. Similar to last year’s Leith Decides, this one-day event in 2018 will give everyone in Leith a chance to vote for funding to organisations, injecting local democracy into public spending.

Campaign

We were in favour the proposed community buyout of London Road Church, which was sold by the Church of Scotland. We campaigned alongside In:Spire, the steering group of local residents who were interested in turning the church into a community centre, with some members of our Community Council knocking on doors in the evening to get supporting signatures. Unfortunately, despite massing 15% of signatures of support from local residents, the final application was declined by the Scottish Government.

Lastly, we ran successful small-scale campaigns, such as a campaign to keep the Royal Mail Postbox in Montgomery Street open.

Collaborate

Most importantly, LCCC is a forum which allows residents, business-owners, police, the third sector and elected representatives to discuss the area. Thank you to all of those who have taken part in 2017, and we look forward to working with everyone in 2018 and beyond!