LCCC August meeting: outline agenda

Notice of the next ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council on Monday, 20th August at 7pm in the Nelson Room of McDonald Road Library.

The outline agenda is below – a detailed agenda will be available nearer the time.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of Minutes of 18 June 2018 meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Transport & Clean Streets
    … Community Councils Together on Trams … Edinburgh Bus Users Group … Albert Street resurfacing and improvements …
  6. Planning
    … Drum/Stead’s Place … Demolition of existing warehouse and Erection of residential development at 254 Leith Walk
    … Local Development Plan update
    … Planning Bill/AirBnB update …
  7. Parks & Green Spaces
    … update on re-opening of Water of Leith Walkway …
  8. LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
  9. Ward Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
  10. Bulletin
  11. Open Forum
  12. AOCB

Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations

August consultations: Powderhall site and St John’s Place crossing

Powderhall

A reminder that later this month (20th), a public consultation including an architectural model will be shown regarding the former Powerdhall waste site between Bonnington Road and St Mark’s Park. More info can be found at consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/powderhall

St john’s Place (near Leith Links)

(adapted from an email from the City of Edinburgh Council)

A crossing assessment was recently undertaken on Links Place at the junction of Johns Place and Elbe Street. Our intention is to tighten up the radius of the left turn into Johns Place to slow traffic and to construct a pedestrian refuge island at this point.

We wish to gather both your and local opinions on the location and type of crossing proposed at this site. To achieve this we have created an online consultation which can be found at: consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/johns-pl-elbe-st-ped-crossing-improvements

Next meeting

Leith Central Community Council’s next public meeting will be held on Monday the 20th August, with an agenda to be published ASAP. Please visit our Meeting Papers page for more info.

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

What is Open Space?

At the recent Additional Development Management Sub-Committee of the Planning Committee (29th June 2018), where the future of the closed Meadowbank site was discussed for seven (!) hours, the concept of ‘Open Space’ was invoked by councillors, planning officers and members of the public. Some speakers thought the current site constitutes ‘Open Space’, while other claimed it wasn’t because it is not accessible by the public. Why is this important, even if Meadowbank is clearly outwith the LCCC’s area?

The answer is that Open Space is protected by the Local Development Plan in Policy Env 18 (Open Space Protection):

Proposals involving the loss of open space will not be permitted unless it is demonstrated that:

  1. there will be no significant impact on the quality or character of the local environment
    and
  2. the open space is a small part of a larger area or of limited amenity or leisure value and there is a significant over-provision of open space serving the immediate area
    and
  3. the loss would not be detrimental to the wider network including its continuity or biodiversity value
    and either
  4. there will be a local benefit in allowing the development in terms of either alternative equivalent provision being made or improvement to an existing public park or other open space
    or
  5. the development is for a community purpose and the benefits to the local community outweigh the loss.

In other words, existing Open Space has quite strong protection under this policy and can only be sacrificed for development if the first three conditions (a-c) are met and either (d) or (e).

So is Meadowbank Open Space or not?

There is a clear-cut answer in Planning Advice Note: PAN 65 Planning and Open Space:

The term ‘open space’ covers greenspace consisting of any vegetated land or structure, water, path or geological feature within and on the edges of settlements, and civic space consisting of squares, market places and other paved or hard landscaped areas with a civic function. Some spaces may combine green and civic space elements, but one type or other will usually predominate.

All spaces, regardless of ownership and accessibility (i.e. public and private spaces) contribute to the amenity and character of an area and can be taken into account by councils when undertaking their open space audits and strategies.

The intention behind this definition is that Open Space is not only valuable because it can be accessed, but – just as importantly in a densely populated city – that it provides ‘breathing space’, and its usefulness and amenity can arise simply from the opportunity for city-dwellers to rest their weary eyes on a natural feature or the horizon.

And this is very relevant to people living and working in the Leith Central Community Council area, which includes the most densely populated area in Scotland (census 2011).

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LCCC minutes: May 2018 ordinary meeting

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 21 May at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.

Please note that section 5 below (on Stead’s Place) has not been adopted, and so remains in draft status. This is due to need to check Drum Property Group’s record against ours. All other sections below have been adopted. Continue reading

LCCC minutes: May 2018 ordinary meeting draft minutes

Draft minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 21 May at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

LCCC June meeting: outline agenda

Below is the outline agenda for the next ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council on Monday, 18th June at 7pm in the Nelson Room of McDonald Road Library.

A detailed agenda will be available nearer the time.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of Minutes of 21 May 2018 meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Powderhall Stables: briefing by CEC officials on CEC plans for the site
  6. LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
    … Community Councils Together on Trams … Edinburgh Bus Users Group …
  7. Transport & Clean Streets
    … tramline 1 completion York Place to Newhaven … Leith Programme Phase 4 …
  8. Planning
    Dryden Street listed buildings … Drum’s PAC summary … proposed student housing at 11 Hillside Crescent …
  9. Parks & Green Spaces
    … Water of Leith Walkway …
  10. Ward Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
  11. Bulletin
  12. Open Forum
  13. AOCB
  14. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations

Meeting papers (from October 2014 onwards) are in the cloud at https://goo.gl/jrARbc and on the Meeting papers webpage: https://leithcentralcc.co.uk/reports.