This replaces a post with draft notes, which has now been deleted.
2019_09_21, Nelson Hall, McDonald Rd Library. Notes taken by Bruce Ryan
1 Introduction to the event
Duncan Bremner (DB) of Citizen Curatorintroduced the event.
Harald Tobermann (HT), vicechair of Leith Central Community Council (LCCC), introduced LCCC’s role in this event. He noted that the event is about the Local Development Plan (LDP), called CityPlan 2030, that is currently in development. The event would also touch on other relevant legislation, such as the Community Empowerment Act, including Asset Transfer. (This enables local communities to request to run publicly-owned assets.)
DB noted that Edinburgh Council (CEC) is due to put CityPlan 2030 out to public consultation towards the end of 2019. Then the final version is due to be published in 2022, and would be in place until 2032. This LDP is the document that developers refer to when planning developments. It also informs many other CEC services and activities, especially land-use.
DB noted that the Scottish Government (SG) has recently passed a Planning Act. Now some secondary legislation is needed to complete it. However, this act enables community organisations to develop local place plans (LPPs), and obliges local authorities to ‘have regard’ to LPPs. This legislation is so far untested.
DB also noted that the Scottish Land Commission is considering land-use, and how communities should be involved in such discussions. Continue reading
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.
Monday, 16 September 2019 at 7pm
Leith Community Centre, 12a Newkirkgate
McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall
- Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
- to note: declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
- to agree: order of business
- Approval of Minutes of 19 August 2019 meeting
- Matters Arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)
- Community Police Officer’s Report
- Pre-application presentation and Q&A: Ross Manson (Manson Architects + Planners)
Demolition of the existing warehouse and office building. Construction of general market flatted dwellings, affordable flatted dwellings and student accommodation. 48-50 Iona Street EH6 8SW (Iona Street (Edinburgh) Ltd & Walker Timber Ltd 19/03802/PAN)
- 106 – 162 Leith Walk Edinburgh EH6 5DX (18/04349/CON and 18/04332/FUL)
- to note: that the owner of 106-162 Leith Walk, Drum (Steads Place) Ltd, is not extending or rolling forward leases for the retail premises while their planning appeal is pending, resulting in a whole city block left unused and boarded up
- to note: that this will be detrimental to the amenity and safety of this section of Leith Walk and is unlikely to strengthen the credibility of the developer’s claim that their proposal is in the interest of the local community
- to note: exhibition 18 September (3.30 – 7.30pm) at McDonald Road Library on 19/03433/PAN | Residential development of up to 63 apartments, associated infrastructure and landscaping. | 14 Ashley Place Edinburgh EH6 5PX
- to note: status of current planning applications (SEP19)
- 2030 City Plan and strategic planning issues
- to note: community master-planning and co-design event (Saturday21 September 2019, 11-3pm) Leith Proposals: Leith Central Community Council
- to note: September Civic Forum and CEC’s commercial needs studies
- to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
- Transport & Clean Streets
- to note: Community Councils Together on Tram (CCTT): update
- to note: progress of Extending Parking Controls to LCCC area in multiple phases
- to note: update on Rossie Place TRO/19/27 Parking Restrictions
- to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area
- Parks & Green Spaces
- to note: update on draft masterplan plan (and timeline) for Coalie Park
- to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report
- to note: other Park Friend’s reports
- LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports
- Community Council elections
- to note: election briefing, including critical dates
- to note: nominations for individual Community Councillors and representatives from recognised (registered) local interest groups
- to note: status of October and November LCCC meetings
- to note: update on publicising Community Council election
- to note: update on issues around availability of McDonald Rd Library for LCCC meetings and accommodation subsidy for CCs
- to note: Treasurer’s Report
- to note: reports from other Office Bearers
- to note: Comms Group Report
- to note: report from partnership/locality meetings
- Open Forum
Edinburgh father and son forced to create DIY ‘flume’ as stinking waste leaks from short-term let above (EN, 30-08-19)
- Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
- to note:
2019: 21 Oct, 18 Nov, 16 Dec
2020: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun
- to note: future presentations and charrettes
- 21 September: community master-planning and co-design event
- tbc October: presentation & Q&A 19/03433/PAN (Ashley Place)
- 18 November: Tenements: strengthening the repair & maintenance culture through legislation ( Euan Leitch, director BEFS)
- tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)
- tbc: 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk)
this agenda point allows members of the public to raise issues of public interest
this agenda point allows LCCC members to raise issues not covered by the agenda
this is for information only; any discussion to be brought to a future meeting
(adapted form a confirmation email from Edinburgh Council)
Comments were submitted at 8:42 PM on 07 July 2019 from Julian Siann [LCCC’s planning convenor]
- Address: 221 Ferry Road Edinburgh EH6 4NN
- Proposal: Proposed change of use from Class 7 hotel to 19 bedroom (maximum 30 person occupancy) house of multiple occupation and associated internal and external alterations
- Case Officer: Alexander Calderwood
- Click for further information
- Name: Julian Siann
- Email: <personal email address redacted by LCCC webmaster>
- Address: <personal address redacted by LCCC webmaster>
- Commenter type: Community Council
- Stance: Customer objects to the Planning Application
As a community council we wish to object to this change of use from a hotel to a HMO on the following grounds:
- The area is a quiet residential area and our attention has been drawn in the past to the disturbance caused at a similar type of development in the area.
- According to spokesmen in the property market, the Ferry road area is not considered to be a suitable location for a HMO. This is because it is unsuitable for a large sector of the market used by students, as it is not conveniently placed for colleges and universities in Edinburgh.
- The increase in the residential capacity is bound to cause more pressure on public services, more noise and disturbance to the local residents than the occasional event in the present hotel.
- The change appears to be contrary to the Local Development Plan which states under Policy Hou7 that that conversion to an HMO should be assessed in the context of the prevailing housing mix and the fact that it is in a Conservation Area.
- There will be a loss of amenity to the community as a whole with the conversion from a hotel to a HMO.
Minutes of the AGM of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 20 May 2019 at 7:00pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.
The AGM was chaired Cllr Rob Munn. Continue reading