Next NTBCC meeting

The next New Town and Broughton Community Council meeting will be on Monday 13th March 2017 at 7.30pm, at the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent. Enter by ramp, which is suitable for wheelchairs, down at right hand side of church.

Local residents are very welcome to attend. If you have an issue you wish to raise at the meeting please use the contact email form to let us know the details before the meeting.

Former Royal High School – Revised Plans for Luxury Hotel Development Submitted

Following on from the Public Consultation in November 2016 for the proposed re-development of Edinburgh’s former Royal High School into a luxury hotel, the developer (Duddingston House Properties / Urbanist Hotel group) have unveiled a scaled-back vision for the site (see Edinburgh Planning portal reference 17/00588/FUL). New plans lodged with the city council for the project reveal that it will now have 127 rooms (20 fewer than before). The new submission’s stated aims are to pursue their original vision “to restore the unique building to prominence” and “create a world-class hotel of international standing”.

The original proposal was rejected by the Council planning officials and elected Councillors in late 2015 after the majority of heritage bodies and many residents (including the New town and Broughton Community Council )  objected to the scale of the development proposed and the adverse impact on the setting of this important listed building.

A parallel application to restore the building as a home for the St Mary’s Music School already has planning consent but cannot proceed due to contractual arrangements between Edinburgh Council and Duddingston House Properties.

Whilst we fully support in principle any scheme that will restore and safeguard the long-term future of this building , what was shown at the November public Consultation was not in our view sufficient to dispel the significant concerns we had with the previous proposal. That said, we  are currently examining  the planning application carefully before making our detailed response and we have extended an invitation to the developers to discuss these proposals in more detail with NTBCC and are awaiting their response.

We will communicate more details in the next few days but would urge everyone who is interested in the building’s future to examine these proposals and express their views to Edinburgh Council before 24 March.

Let us know what you think by contacting us through our website or attending our meeting on Monday 13 March.

NTBCC licensing updates

How to comment on or object to licensing applications.

Follow this link to Edinburgh Council's web-pages about licensing. You can then access the online registers of applications, and read how to submit comments or applications.

The 'Licensing' link will stay under 'other useful links' at the right side of all NTBCC web pages.

This month's applications

NTBCC has objected to granting of variations to amend the condition on amplified music in the following premises:

  • Ref: 349439, 7 Charlotte Lane
  • Ref: 349435, 55a Frederick Street
  • Ref: 349437, 51a George Street
  • Ref: 349488, 113-115 George Street
  • Ref: 349455, 125 George Street (Tigerlily)
  • Ref: 349486, 125 George Street (Lulu)

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Action on Islamophobia

(adapted from a communication from Police Scotland)

Shared Vision - Your Decision is an Edinburgh based project, which enables members of the public who live, work, study and volunteer within Edinburgh to decide how public money is spent in eradicating Islamophobia and associated prejudiced behaviour. We understand that Islamophobic behaviour also affects other faith communities.

Police Scotland, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government have contributed £40,000 for allocation through a Participatory Budgeting process.

Organisations across Edinburgh have submitted project proposals as to how they feel they can contribute towards this, and this is your chance to decide which projects you feel will be most effective and should be funded.

From 1330 on Saturday voting will be available at our event which takes place at the Methodist Church, 25 Nicholson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX, as well as online www.scotland.police.uk/shared-vision-your-decision and in local libraries across the city www.edinburgh.gov.uk/libraries. Voting is open until 13th February.

 

Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement: A Consultation

Separate from its consultation on the planning system, the Scottish Government is consulting its Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement, ‘a set of principles with an overarching vision that will guide the development of public policy on the nature and character of land rights and responsibilities in Scotland.’

To tell the Scottish Government what you think, go to https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/land-reform-and-tenancy-unit/land-rights-and-responsibilities-statement. This consultation closes on 10 March 2017.