Petition to re-open the Leith Walk shops
Last month, Leith Central Community Council worked alongside numerous organisations and neighbouring community councils to oppose the development on the site of 106-154 Leith Walk (also known as Stead’s Place).
The City of Edinburgh Council subsequently rejected Drum Property Group’s application. One of the items that was raised included the closure of the shops on Leith Walk.
The Save Leith Walk campaign has set up a petition to re-open the shops, which can be signed at 38Degrees.
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.
Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 21 JANUARY 2019 at 7:00pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading
Last week, Edinburgh Council refused planning permission for the ‘Stead’s Place’ development. A letter confirming that decision is below.
The council’s reasons for the refusal were:
- The proposal is contrary to Local Development Plan Policy Env5 in respect of Conservation Areas – Demolition of Buildings and the non-statutory guidance on Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas as the building makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area and the design of the proposed replacement building does not outweigh the loss of the existing building.
- The proposal is contrary to Historic Environment Policy Statement 2016 as the building makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area and the design of the proposed replacement building does not outweigh the loss of the existing building.
This does not mean this is over: the developer may appeal the council’s decision. (Just now we have no information on whether an appeal will be made – watch this space!) Continue reading