234 Easter Road: extension to deadline for comments

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The period for commenting on or objecting to the planning application 18/03989/FUL has been extended to 27 September 2018. This application is about allowing ‘loading and unloading operations to be restricted to between 06.30 AM and 22.00 PM Monday to Friday; 07.00 AM and 22.00 PM Saturdays; and 08.00AM and 22.00 PM Sundays. Storetrading hours shall be restricted to 08.00 AM and 22.00 PM.’

The extension is because ‘there was … a problem with the neighbour notification process’. Edinburgh Council are ‘reviewing the process that resulted in such a short period of time to comment’

 

Stead’s Place applications to be extended

Below is the full correspondance from the the Convenor of LCCC’s Planning sub-group, Harald Tobermann and Kenneth Bowles regarding the extension for comments on the planning applications until the 28th September 2018.


Dear Kenneth Bowes

Regarding applications 18/04349/CON and 18/04332/FUL.

I write to request an extension for comments for both the above applications by four weeks to 5 October; this should apply to both community councils and local residents for the following reasons:

  • the applications were filed and advertised during the holiday and council recess period when many people are not in Edinburgh, including ward councillors whose advise is sought by their electors
  • there are a very large number of documents to consider, some very lengthy and complex
  • there is great local and wider public interest in these applications, possibly the most substantial since the application for Shrub Place (that went to appeal)
  • the timing of several local community council meetings where these applications will receive public scrutiny do not mesh with the currently advertised timeline

Finally, the application 18/04349/CON has been advertised misleadingly as concerning “156, 158B, 160 And 162 Leith Walk Edinburgh EH6 5DX” (the application form on the portal gives merely a grid sequence); however, it appears demolition is sought for 106-154 Leith Walk. This applies to a lesser extend also to 18/04332/FUL (which gives the same misleading address). To avoid subsequent legal uncertainty over the validity of the process, it seems to me that it would be prudent to re-advertise both applications with a new timeline, or – if the applicant supplied invalid information – to invite them to resubmit.

Harald Tobermann,
Leith Central Community Council


Dear Harald Tobermann,

In response to your email, the original address does appear to be incorrect. Therefore both applications are to be re-advertised with a new expiry date of 28th September 2018. This should provide the community council (and other interested parties) enough time to provide a response.

Kind regards.

Kenny Bowes
Senior Planning Officer
Majors Waterfront Team – City of Edinburgh Council


Leith Central Community Council have yet to formally submit their response.

Comment on the Stead’s Place planning application

Local residents have just over two weeks to read through and comment on the large planning applications published by the Drum Property Group for 156, 158B, 160 and 162 Leith Walk, Edinburgh (EH6 5DX). The application closes on 7th September 2018.

The application refers to the site across from the former Tram Depot on Leith Walk which stretches to the east-end of Pilrig Park and Springfield. People in the area are encouraged to comment on the plans which include a hotel, student accomodation, affordable housing, restaraunts and a live music venue.

Please be advised there are two applications that need commented on seperately;

  • 18/04349/CON – The application to demolish buildings within the Pilrig Conservation Area
  • 18/04332/FUL – The application to erect new buildings

Note you can comment to either support or oppose the plans, and comments will be brought to the City of Edinburgh Council’s Planning Committee.

Leith Central Community Council are currently looking in-depth at the 170 documents and will publicly comment before the closure date.

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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