(NTBCC submitted the following to Edinburgh Council today [19 December 2017].)
The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) welcomes the decision by the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) to hold public engagement activities in connection with proposals for Picardy Place. The proposals have generated a high level of local concern and we have received an unprecedented number of representations from residents, both at our meetings and by email.
However, the consultation, though welcome, was tardy and brief. Given this, NTBCC consider that to demonstrate good faith CEC must now take time to consider and respond to the many questions raised by local residents and other interest groups, rather than press ahead with a scheme which few are convinced is the best that can be achieved. If CEC maintains this is not possible, then they should make clear why a decision must be taken before these questions have been answered. Continue reading
Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 13 November 2017 at 7.30pm
Actions and decisions are RED ITALIC UNDERLINED. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading
At Monday’s meeting of the New Town & Broughton Community Council, there were discussions with a Police Scotland Community officer on parking & how the community can help with 20 mph limit enforcement; a discussion on the City Council’s proposal for Picardy Place; progress of the revised planning application for the RBS site on Dundas St and the Royal High School hotel appeal to the Scottish Reporter(s) ; and finally a brief presentation of Edinburgh licensing issues and NTBCC suggestions on Licensing policy.
(distilled from an email conversation with Anna Herriman, Programme Manager, Edinburgh Council)
We don't yet know the times of these engagement sessions - we will update this post as soon as we do.
Face to face with CEC staff
15 and 16 January 2018
City Arts Centre (5th floor)
2 Market Street
If you can’t make these, send enquiries and comments to Jamie Robertson (project manager, email Jamie.email@example.com).
Other engagement opportunities will be created by Edinburgh Council as the project progresses.
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.