LCCC February 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 18 February 2019 at 7:00pm

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LCCC March 2019 meeting agenda

Meeting of Leith Central Community Council
Monday, 18 March 2019 at 7pm
McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest, order of business
    1. to agree: co-option of new Community Council member Pierre Forissier
  2. Approval of Minutes of 18 February 2019 meeting
  3. Matters arising from previous minutes (and not on agenda below)
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. City Plan 2030
    1. briefing by CEC Local Plan Team (Lynne McMenemy, Naomi Sandilands) and Q&A
      1. to note: role of and importance of Local Development Plan and outline timetable for City Plan 2030
      2. to note: area statistics
    2. discussion of LCCC priorities and focus for the Local Development Plan
      1. to note: local sites with potential for further change and development
      2. to note: scope for new or improved planning policies and guidelines relevant to LCCC area
  6. Planning
    1. to note: changes to the Council’s Scheme of Delegation and Community Council’s Statutory Consultee status
    2. to note: report from Edinburgh Civic Forum 5 March 2019 (Civic Forum agenda)
    3. to note: status of current planning applications March 2019
    4. to note: Stead’s Place updates
      1. correspondence from Fyfe Hyland (Drum Group) in response to Save Leith Walk’s ‘Open The Shops’ campaign
      2. correspondence with UoE
      3. LCCC request to Planning Convenor (and ward councillors)
    5. to note: proposed new date for pre-application consultation on 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk) and request for charrette-type workshop
  7. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report
    2. to note: update on Water of Leith walkway
    3. to note: update on proposals to improve local green spaces in collaboration with Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust and neighbouring community councils
  8. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. Tram Extension Project
      1. to note: deputation by LCCC and Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT) to Transport & Environment Committee 28-02-19 (briefing)
      2. to note: CCTT joint statement issued prior to Full Council Meeting 14-03-19
      3. to note: next steps, impact on LCCC area of construction
    2. to note: Strategic Review of Parking – Results of Area 1 Review
  9. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ Reports
    1. Governance issues
      1. to note: Review of Scheme for Community Councils
      2. to agree: review of membership of LCCC committees and working groups
      3. to note: proposed protocol for LCCC agendas
      4. to note: community council elections in October and possibility of collaborative promotion with neighbouring community councils
    2. to note: Comms Group Report
    3. to note: Treasurer’s Report
      1. to agree: proposed projector spending and storage arrangements
    4. to note: reports from other Office Bearers
  10. Bulletin
  11. Open Forum
  12. AOCB
  13. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. Dates 2019: 15 April, 20 May (AGM), 17 June
    2. to note potential future presentations
      1. PAC (charette-style) on 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk) – date TBC
      2. Briefing on upcoming Tenement Maintenance legislation – date and speaker TBC

Local development plan explained!

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.

LCCC January 2019 approved minutes

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

Stead’s Place – planning decision

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

LCCC November meeting agenda

  1. Welcome
    1. introductions
    2. attendance, apologies
    3. declarations of interest
  2. Approval of ​​Minutes of 15 October 2018​​ meeting
  3. Matters arising from previous minutes and not included in agenda below
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
    1. to note: ​update on recent relevant incidents, crimes and police activities in LCCC area (October 2018)
  5. LCCC office-bearers’ reports
    1. to note: Treasurer’s report
    2. to note: ​other office bearers’ reports
    3. to note: ​report of LCCC Communications Group
    4. to note: ​current meeting and business arrangements of LCCC
    5. to agree:​ ​the revised remit of T&CS committee and the new remit of the Clean Streets subcommittee
  6. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. Proposed tram extension – Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT)
      1. to ​note:​ revised tram decision making and project ​timeline
      2. to ratify: ​CCTT submission ​to 2nd design consultation on tram extension and business support package on behalf of LCCC (and the other CCs along the route)
    2. to note:​ progress of public realm reinstatement at Shrub Place/Places for People
    3. to note: ​update from LCCC Parking Working Group (strategic parking review)
    4. to note: ​Leith Street future traffic management – potential options
      1. Does LCCC agree that Leith Street should be open only for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport:
        a) while the current work on Picardy Place is taking place or
        b) permanently?
      2. If so, what steps should we take to progress this?
  7. Planning
    1. to note:​ ​status of current planning applications November 2018
    2. to note: ​LCCC’s response​ to CEC’s plans for the defunct Powderhall Waste Transfer Station
    3. to note: ​recent planning portal upgrade – initial feedback
  8. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. to note:​ continued closure Water of Leith Walkway (between Anderson and Newhaven) since 20 May 2015 and further delay of re-opening to December 2018 or January 2019
    2. to note: ​Friends of Pilrig Park report
    3. to note: ​update on other Friends groups
  9. Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
  10. Open Forum (for residents of LCCC area only)
  11. Bulletin (for information only; LCCC members may request discussion of related items at a future meeting)
    1. George Street, First New Town Design Concept (​Online Questionnaire to 25 January 2019​)
    2. Scottish Government consultation on onshore unconventional oil and gas development and Shieldhill & California CC’s campaign (Scottish Community Alliance, October 2018​)
  12. AOCB (for LCCC members only)
  13. Future meetings (usually 3​​ Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. to note: ​future LCCC meetings to June 2019
      21 January; 18 February; 18 March; 15 April; 20 May; 17 June
    2. to note:​ proposed future presentations/discussions: ESJ impact and progress; Leith Viaduct Project; planning and enforcement issues in Cambridge Avenue; North East Locality Manager; impact of City Deal and ​Council Business Plan 2017-22​ on LCCC area