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 September approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 17 September at 7:00pm

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

In the chair’s and vice-chair’s absences, the meeting was chaired by the secretary. Continue reading

LCCC October meeting agenda

Agenda for Meeting of Leith Central Community Council

Monday, 15 October 2018 at 7pm McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall Continue reading

LCCC October meeting: outline agenda

Outline Agenda for 17 October 2018

A detailed agenda will be published nearer the meeting.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of Minutes of 17 September 2018 meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Presentation and Q&A: briefing by CEC and Collective Architecture on plans for the defunct Powderhall site
  6. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. update on progress of Powderhall (unused railway line) green corridor
    2. further delay to re-opening of Water of Leith Walkway between Anderson and Newhaven
    3. investment in local parks and green spaces
    4. etc
  7. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. 2nd design consultation on tram extension
    2. consultation on business support during 2 year tram construction
    3. tram: supplementary projects
    4. strategic parking review
    5. Dalmeny Street capital project …
    6. etc
  8. Planning
    1. update on Drum/Stead’s Place
    2. Easter Road Lidl application resubmitted
    3. planning department: errors and complaints or resource issues?
    4. etc
  9. LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
  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.

The meeting papers will also be on LCCC’s website in due course on the meetings page: https://leithcentralcc.co.uk/reports.

Stead’s Place: LCCC planning objections submitted

(with thanks to LCCC member Julian Siann for the following. Formatting was added by LCCC webmaster.)

Leith Central CC has submitted the following objections to the Stead’s Place planning applications, namely

(Click the above links to go to the relevant CEC planning portal page.)

Continue reading

LCCC August approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 20 August at 7:00pm Continue reading

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.