LCCC January 2020 meeting detailed agenda

Monday, 20 January 2020 at 7pm, at the Nelson Hall in McDonald Rd Library. Continue reading

National Planning Framework 4 – early engagement

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Please note that the early engagement period for the development of National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) is now underway. https://blogs.gov.scot/planning-architecture/2020/01/09/national-planning-framework-4-npf4-early-engagement-now-underway/.

NPF4 will be a long term plan for Scotland setting out where development and infrastructure is needed to support sustainable and inclusive growth. Forming part of the development plan, it will be key in day-to-day decisions at all levels of planning in Scotland.

The early engagement programme provides people an opportunity to set out their aspirations for a future Scotland, and sets out how the planning system can help deliver those aspirations. To make sure you and your community can keep up-to-date and stay involved, it will be using a new website www.transformingplanning.scot as a hub for essential information and opportunities. Over the next few weeks the Government will publish dates and booking details for the Scotplan 2050 Roadshow; details of a community grant scheme; more information about national developments; and background information notes on Scottish Planning Policy topics.

The Government’s Programme for Engagement explains and highlights the package of engagement opportunities over the coming months to help gather ideas to inform the draft NPF4 that will be published for consultation in September 2020.

The Scottish Government has also opened a Call for Ideas – the Government wants to hear about your priorities for NPF4.  It is inviting any comments within the scope of the NPF by 31 March. You can find more information at www.transformingplanning.scot.

It will be regularly adding to this new web resource with further materials over the next few weeks and will tweet whenever it adds significant new material – @ScotGovPlanning #scotplan. If you have any other questions, the Government can be contacted at scotplan@gov.scot.

LCCC January 2020 meeting agenda

Monday, 20 January 2019 at 7pm, at the Nelson Hall in McDonald Rd Library.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of minutes of previous meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Pre-application presentation and Q&A: Build-to-rent proposal between Bonnington Road and the Water of Leith, former John Lewis depot and former CEC Health and Social Care Bonnington Centre) (9/05515/PAN)
  6. Planning
  7. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ Reports
  8. Parks & Green Spaces
  9. Licensing
  10. Transport & Clean Streets
  11. Open Forum
  12. Bulletin
  13. AOCB
  14. Future Meetings and planned meeting topics/presentations

Leith Walk & Halmyre Street site: consultation

During January, the Council will be hosting a number of consultation events to allow the public to express their aspirations and ideas about the area between Leith Walk and Halmyre Street and its redevelopment potential, resulting in a Place Brief. This Brief will set out a series of high level principles for the design of future development proposals. These principles will be based on community priorities and Council requirements for this part of the city, including:

  • Scale and density of any development
  • Housing – mixed tenure housing
  • Commercial spaces – the provision of commercial and office spaces
  • Routes – new pedestrian and cycle routes
  • Green Space – opportunities to create new green spaces in the area
  • Other Uses – what and where other new uses would be appropriate

Leith Central Community Council, who called for such a brief in March last year, will debate this issue and submit views in due course.

Leith Walk consultation flyer-page-001

Consultation on updating the planning performance and fee regimes

adapted from an email from the Scottish Government

Recently, the Scottish Government published a consultation on updating the planning performance and fee regimes which will run until 14th February 2020. This was a key action identified in our work programme which was published in September 2019. The consultation reflects Scottish Ministers’ commitment to the principle that any increases to planning fees must be linked to improved performance.

The consultation seeks to move planning fees towards covering the costs of determining applications for planning permission as well as seeking views on what additional services which planning authorities provide should be subject to a fee, the circumstances whereby an authority may reduce or waive a planning fee and the introduction of charges for appealing planning decisions.

https://consult.gov.scot/planning-architecture/planning-performance-and-fees/

Stead’s Place development halted

The controversial plans proposed by Drum Property Group (18/04332/FUL & 18/04349/CON) have formally been rejected by the Scottish Government today, after several campaign groups and statutory bodies including Leith Central Community Council and the City of Edinburgh Council objected to the proposals earlier this year.

This means that the plans that have been circulating this year are definitively shelved, and the site owners will have to pursue another option, be it new plans or a sell-off of the site. We do not yet know how they will respond.

Please see the PDFs provided by the Scottish Government below.

Decision Notice – dated 20 December 2019 cac_651950

Decision Notice – dated 20 December 2019_651885

Although it’s a welcome decision, it’s Leith Central Community Council’s duty to continue objectively scrutinising and examining all future planning applications, including any that come forward relating to this site. There will no doubt be work to be done and we look forward to continuing the work.

Lastly, Leith Central Community Council must reiterate the importance of the shopfronts down Leith Walk, and encourage the site owners to re-open the shops in the interim if there is no immediate development taking place.

LCCC December 2019 meeting **full** agenda

When and where: Monday 16 December 2019, 7.00pm, McDonald Road Library

1 Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies

1.a Attendance

1.b to note: declarations of interest in any items on the agenda

1.c to agree: order of business

2 Approval of minutes of 18 November 2019 meeting

3 Matters arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)

4 Community Police Officer’s Report

5 Pre-application presentation and Q&A regarding Powderhall stables, bowling greens and former waste transfer station site led by David Robertson (Senior Construction Project Manager in CEC’s Housing Management & Development Department) for the owner/developer and Carl Baker (Collective Architecture)
19/04682/PAN @ 165 Broughton Road EH7 4LG

6 Planning

6.a to note: Glencairn Properties have acquired the brownfield site at 11-23 Montrose Terrace (former filling station) with a view of erecting purpose-built student accommodation; current plans will be on view on 19 December, inviting feedback. Following the submission of a formal planning application, a presentation at the February 2020 LCCC meeting is likely.

6.b to note: status of current planning applications (DEC 2019)

6.c to agree: LCCC submission regarding 19/05092/FUL (demolition of existing building and erection of 58 flatted residential development @14 Ashley Place

6.d to note: update on place briefs for East and West side of lower Leith Walk

6.e to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area

7 LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports

7.a Community Council elections

7.a.i to note: update on problems with CC election processes in October

7.a.ii to note: vacancies for individual Community Councillors and representatives from recognised (registered) local interest groups

7.b Appointment of LCCC members to committees, committee conveners and subject leads, LCCC representation on outside bodies

7.b.i to agree: remit of LCCC Engagement Officer

7.b.ii to note: previous LCCC committees: planning, transport & clean streets, parks and & green spaces; parking working group; licensing subject lead; incoming correspondence triage

7.b.iii to agree: committee structure, appointment of LCCC members to committees, committee convener/s, working group/s, subject lead/s and incoming correspondence triage

7.b.iv to note: other outside bodies and need (or otherwise) to appoint LCCC reps

7.c to note: Treasurer’s report

7.d to note: reports from other Office Bearers

7.e to note: Comms Group report

8 Parks and green spaces

8.a to note: Powderhall Railway Path further update

8.b to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report

8.c to note: other Park Friend’s reports

9 Licensing

10 Transport and clean streets

10.a to note: CPZ update

10.b Trams to Newhaven

10.b.i to note: update on Community Councils Together on Tram (CCTT)

10.b.ii to note: start of full works in Charlotte Street and preparatory work in Leith Walk

10.c to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area

11 Open forum[1]

12 AOCB[2]

13 Bulletin[3]

13.a RNIB takes candidates on “blindfold walk” (Third Force News, 3-12-19)

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

14.a to note: 2020: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun

14.b to note: future presentations and charrettes

14.b.i 20 Jan: Bonnington Road Lane development PAC by Platform

14.b.ii tbc 17 Feb: Montrose Terrace student accommodation by Glencairn Properties

14.b.iii tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)

2020: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (including AGM), 15 Jun

[1] this agenda point allows members of the public to raise issues of public interest

[2] this agenda point allows LCCC members to raise issues not covered by the agenda

[3] this is for information only; any discussion to be brought to a future meeting