NTBCC minutes – Monday 13 June 2016

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of New Town and Broughton Community Council, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 13 June 2016 at 7.30pm

1            Attendance and apologies for absence

1.1          Present

Ian Mowat (chair) NTBCC Alan McIntosh Broughton Spurtle
Chris Collins NTBCC/DCA Adam Wilkinson Director, E W H T
Judy Conn NTBCC Karl Chapman Mgr Usher Hall / MIA
Stephen Hajducki NTBCC Neil Cooper MIA
 Jack Hugh NTBCC  Local Residents
Richard Price NTBCC Caroline Bond
Christine Ross NTBCC Dorothy Hogg
Alan Welsh NTBCC Greg Kettrick
Elaine O’Donnell
Cllr Marion Donaldson Leith Walk Ward Sheila Warnock
Michael Train  Leith Links CC

1.2          Apologies

Audrey Cavaye, Susannah Beaumont, Jonathan Finn, Lynn Henni, Claire Miller, Carol Nimmo, Lewis Press

2           Minutes of Meeting of 9 May 2016 and matters arising

Agreed (R Price / J Hugh) subject to minor amendments (to be recirculated).

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NTBCC minutes – Monday 9 May 2016

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of New Town and Broughton Community Council, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 9 May 2016 at 7.30pm

1 Attendance and apologies for absence

1.1 Present

Audrey Cavaye NTBCC Alan McIntosh Broughton Spurtle
Judy Conn NTBCC
Lynn Henni NTBCC Local Residents
Jonathan Finn NTBCC
Allan Jack NTBCC
Chris Collins NTBCC/DCA
Ian Mowat NTBCC
Carol Nimmo NTBCC
Lewis Press NTBCC
Richard Price NTBCC  
Christine Ross NTBCC
Alan Welsh NTBCC
Jack Hugh NTBCC
Cllr Marion Donaldson Leith Walk ward
Cllr Joanna Mowat City Centre Ward
Cllr Lewis Ritchie Leith Walk Ward

1.2 Apologies

Ian McGill NTBCC Cllr A Rankin City Centre Ward
Suzanne Beaumont NTBCC

2 Minutes of Meeting of 14 March 2016 and matters arising

A Cavaye read out the changes to the Minutes from the April meeting.

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Update on the World Heritage Site Consultation by Edinburgh Council

As communicated earlier, a consultation has been conducted, which invited the public and other bodies to have their say on how the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site is being managed.

This was a joint initiative between the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh World Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland and ran throughout July. NTBCC submitted a response to the survey, which required the rating of 14 key attributes (e.g. Facilities & Amenities, Contribution of New Developments, Housing, etc.) on a low to high scale together with any relevant comments. NTBCC’s submission can be seen here.

It is a requirement of all World Heritage Sites that robust management plans are in place to ensure its key values are conserved. The current plan expires at the end of 2016. The new plan will be formalised later in the year based on feedback and suggestions from the public. The results from this will be discussed with Edinburgh Council representatives either at the September or October community council meeting.

A summary of the overall submissions can be seen here.

NTBCC’s submission was overall slightly more optimistic than those from the general public.

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Proposed Residential Development at the B&Q site on Warriston Road

The New Town & Broughton Community Council members visited the first of the public consultations in late July to see the initial thoughts by the developers, Artisan Group and appointed architects, Sheppard Robson. Their initial proposals for new residential buildings on the site were displayed in a series of exhibition boards, which can be viewed here.

In summary – the proposals include :

  • Proposal for 4 irregular-shaped blocks at the corners of the site, set back to a degree from Warriston Road, to include private gardens and a publicly accessible green link from Warriston Road to Powderhall Road.
  • Between 180 – 250 residential units with the blocks varying between 4 and 6 storeys, to match the buildings adjacent (ex Waterson’s warehouse - now residential) and Miller Homes development fronting St Mark’s Park to the east.
  • The design to respect both the view from Warriston Path across the site towards Calton Hill as well as other views southward across the city centre.
  • In common with their other recent developments, an emphasis on biodiversity-friendly landscaping, including potentially “living” roofs.
  • All parking for the site accommodated in the basements of the buildings but with the focus of encouraging pedestrian and cycle routes.

Overall, it is difficult to make a final judgement on the proposal given the level of detail available so far but our initial impressions were broadly favourable. Clearly, whilst some may miss the convenience of B&Q being on the site, very few will miss the contribution the current shed, its yard or its car park make to the aesthetics of this stretch of the Water of Leith.

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Royal Bank of Scotland site planning application delayed till early September

The  special meeting  provisionally  fixed for Monday 22 August at 730pm has been cancelled as the  planning application we expected to be lodged in August to develop the Royal Bank of Scotland site at Dundas St/ Eyre Terrace for housing and mixed use is not expected now until early September.  Our planning convener is arranging to meet the developer  in late August/early September   to get an update.  We will update  this website with further news when we have it.

Get representing – join your community council!

Black and minority ethnic (BME) residents living in Edinburgh & the Lothians, and current community council members, are invited to

Celebrating Diversity in Community Councils.

Thursday, 11 August 2016, 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Royston Wardieburn Community Centre, 11 Pilton Drive North, Edinburgh EH5 1NF

The key aim of the event is to increase the representation of BME communities in community councils. It is hosted jointly by Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) project and Granton & District Community Council.

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