The next New Town and Broughton Community Council meeting will be on Monday 11 December at 7.30pm, at the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent.
Local residents are very welcome to attend. Enter by ramp at right side of church, which is suitable for wheelchairs. 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.
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As discussed at recent NTBCC meetings and consistent with the recent presentation by representatives from GVA and Michael Laird Architects, amended proposals have now been lodged on the Edinburgh Planning portal covering changes to the proposed new buildings fronting Fettes Row and Royal Crescent.
These amendments can be viewed on the planning portal (under the original application 16/05454/PPP. The 35 additional documents include 22 new drawings as well as the expected updates to the original Design & Access Statement & the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
Currently, given updates to the EIA, the final date for comments to be lodged is 5 January 2018. We have requested that this should be extended given that the consultation spans the festive period. Edinburgh Council have now confirmed an extension for all comments to Monday 15 January 2018.
From initial inspection, the proposals would seem to be consistent with the October NTBCC presentation – reducing the height of the 4 blocks on Fettes Row to 7 storeys (from 8) and more importantly, halving the height of the blocks fronting Royal Crescent in response to the concerns expressed by Historic Environment Scotland. This results in a 20% reduction in the total floor area and a reduction in the maximum number of residential units from 400 to an expected 300 (assuming a minimum-acceptable Class 4 (Office) use).
Whilst we welcome these changes, we will look more closely at the detail followed by a discussion at the next NTBCC meeting on 11 December.
7.30 p.m. Monday 11 December 2017
The Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent
(enter by ramp, suitable for wheelchairs, down at right hand side of church)
- Attendance and apologies for Absence
- Minutes of meeting of 13 November 2017, and matters arising
- Transport – update re Picardy Place proposals
- Planning – update re Royal Bank of Scotland site planning application
- Neighbourhood Partnerships and local residents' associations
- Any other business
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS MEETING
During the meeting an attendance sheet seeking names and emails addresses will be circulated, though there is no requirement to give either. Email addresses are held and used for the sole purpose of circulating information about NTBCC and seeking residents’ views on local issues. If you wish to be removed from this circulation list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
(adapted from a message from a Police Scotland officer to Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)
Dear Community members
I am taking this opportunity to make you aware of 2 recent incidents in the Morningside and Grange areas, where elderly occupiers have been approached by a male in his 30s offering to fix loose roof tiles on their houses.
It is thought the male may be driving a white transit style van.
We are currently investigating the circumstances to establish any criminality, but if you can make your members aware I would be very much appreciated.
Graeme Nisbet (South East Inspector)
Following the critical feedback the City Council received regarding their initial (September) proposal for a new 'gyratory' junction to replace the current roundabout, the City Council unveiled a revised proposal in mid November. The hastily convened public information events (on 21 and 22 November) have been and gone, but you can still view these proposals, and give your view, in the online survey. Here is a link to the current proposals for the street layout and island site.
The Community Council attended both public information sessions and a stakeholder event, but we are keen to hear the views of local residents and businesses before we finalise our response. So please let us know by using the contact form here. You are also welcome to attend our meeting on 11 December at 7:30pm, at the Drummond room, Broughton St Marys, Bellevue Crescent.
(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)
Edinburgh Council is proposing a Traffic Regulation Order to
- Remove the 'Greenway' red line stopping prohibitions and replace them with yellow line loading/unloading and waiting prohibitions, on Calton Road, Greenside Row and Leith Street.
- The area of double yellow line on Princes Street between Leith Street and West Register Street will be redefined.
- Remove the two 'Greenway' loading bays and replace the loading bay on the east side of Leith Street.
- Remove the bus lanes on Leith Street.
- Remove the banned right turn from Calton Road to Leith Street and the banned right turn from Leith Street to Calton Road from the 'Greenway' traffic order and replace in new traffic order.
- Introduce a banned left turn from Leith Street into Waterloo Place.
- Introduce a prohibition of entry from Leith Street into the Edinburgh, St James, service yard.
The proposals are shown on the plans below. Further information is available on the Council website www.edinburgh.gov.uk/trafficorders or at www.tellmescotland.gov.uk.
Should you wish to submit an objection to the proposal, please do so by 19 December 2017 quoting notice reference number TRO/17/81.
TRAFFIC ORDERS ADMINISTRATION OFFICER
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IMPACT Scotland hosted a community consultation exhibition regarding proposals for land within Royal Bank of Scotland’s ownership at 36 St Andrew Square on 7 November. The consultation covered the Pre-application notice for the “Demolition of the 1960's rear office block to the rear of Dundas House and the erection of music and performing arts venue and Associated Uses”
Several members of the New Town & Broughton Community Council attended to better understand the development team's initial thoughts on the proposed redevelopment at the rear of Dundas House (current RBS branch in St Andrews Square).
Although we were initially surprised at the lack of specific detail, we do support the approach being taken of exploring public views on the key aspects of the proposal (context, setting) – with further public consultations in early 2018 then covering the style, footprint, massing and height of the new building.
(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)
Edinburgh Council says
Question Time event
7.15pm to 8.45pm, Monday 27 November
City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh
Thank you to everyone who has given us their views on our budget proposals and who has registered to come along to our Question Time event.
There is still plenty of time to register if you want to want to quiz our panel of senior councillors on changes to council services.
If you would like to put a question to the panel, or just come along and be part of the audience, please leave your details here by Wednesday 22 November.
You can give us your views on our budget proposals at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/playyourpart