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.

Update on RBS Site Redevelopment including Historic Environment Scotland’s Response

The New Town & Broughton Community Council has consulted widely on the proposal for redevelopment of the RBS site fronting Fettes Row, Royal Crescent, Dundas Street and Eyre Place.

We have also had extensive engagement with the architects / agents who have been involved with bringing forward a planning application.

NTBCC have further refined the draft of the representations that we published on our website recently and have now submitted the final versions covering the Planning Permission in Principle application (16/05454/PPP) as well as the Conservation Area Consent application (16/05455/CON) for the demolition of the existing buildings on the site.

NTBCC’s final representation for 16/05454/PPP can be viewed here and the parallel representation covering 16/05455/CON here. They are also now available on the Edinburgh Planning portal along with other statutory consultees.

We have been encouraged by the high level of community engagement regarding this development and we appreciate the significant effort made by many local residents associations and other groups as well as the robust discussions at many community council meetings.

We have also encouraged many heritage bodies to register their comments on these applications and are pleased that our neighbouring community council (Stockbridge & Inverleith) have submitted their objections as well as Edinburgh World Heritage, the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) and the Cockburn Association.

We are also encouraged by the detailed objection submitted by Historic Environment Scotland - who has taken a strong position regarding the negative impact that the proposed development would have on the World Heritage Site due to the proposed height and massing (which can be viewed here with key statements highlighted). We would hope that their formal objection will ensure that current proposal is withdrawn and significantly amended followed by a further period of public consultation.

We remain of the view that a more appropriate level of development of this prime New Town site has the potential to create a complex of buildings that would truly enhance this area of the city.

 

NTBCC Draft Representations on RBS Scheme

The New Town & Broughton Community Council have had extensive discussions with the developers of this scheme. NTBCC members attended the three Public Consultations over the preceding 12 – 18 months and have provided comments at each stage.

Furthermore, we have discussed the developing plans at many community council meetings and have had active discussions with many residents’ groups in the local area – the majority of whom would be affected by this development. It is worth noting that despite the high level of pre-consultation by the developers with the community and despite many groups not being adverse to development or redevelopment on the site, there has been a growing level of concern expressed as the proposals have matured.

We have now concluded a draft of the representation that we intend to submit prior to 18 December. Although the majority of the discussion has been associated with the Planning Permission in Principle application (16/05454/PPP), we will also object to the Conservation Area Consent application (16/05455/CON) for the demolition of the existing buildings on the site.

The draft representation for 16/05454/PPP can be viewed here  and the parallel representation covering 16/05455/CON here.

A summary of these representations will be covered at the NTBCC meeting on Monday 12 December.

Continue reading

RBS Development on Dundas Street / Fettes Row Planning Application Submitted

NTBCC have been actively involved in pre-application discussions for the redevelopment of the current RBS site on Dundas Street / Fettes Row / Royal Crescent and has discussed the proposals at various stages at their meetings.

Following a meeting with the RBS site development team on 31st August where their current thinking on the proposed application for a residential-led development was outlined, we have been waiting for the formal submission of a planning application to City of Edinburgh Council.

We were informed earlier this week that the application had been lodged, both for Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) and Conservation Area Consent (CAC) to demolish the existing buildings on the site. The description is :

PLANNING PERMISSION IN PRINCIPLE FOR DEMOLITION AND RESIDENTIAL LED MIXED USE REDEVELOPMENT COMPRISING RESIDENTIAL; RETAIL (CLASS 1); FINANCIAL, PROFESSIONAL & OTHER SERVICES (CLASS 2); FOOD & DRINK (CLASS 3); BUSINESS (CLASS 4); HOTEL (CLASS 7); CARE HOME (CLASS 8); CAR PARKING, ACCESS & OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS; DETAILED APPROVAL OF THE SITING & MAXIMUM HEIGHT OF BUILDING BLOCKS; LANDSCAPING STRATEGY; LOCATION OF PRINCIPAL PEDESTRIAN/CYCLE ROUTES AND POINTS OF PEDESTRIAN & VEHICULAR ACCESS / EGRESS. AT 34 FETTES ROW, 7,11,13 EYRE TERRACE, EDINBURGH , EH3 6RH

It can be viewed on the Edinburgh Planning portal under reference 16/05454/PPP, the link to the planning portal is here

We are currently working through the various documents which accompany this application

Currently, the final date for members of the community to submit comments is 9 December 2016.

We would encourage anyone who has a view on this development to submit comments to Edinburgh Council to ensure that the views of the wider community are fully recognised.

Continue reading

Planning update on the (Former) Royal High School, Edinburgh and New Public Consultation

NTBCC would like to inform the wider community of another Public Consultation on an alternate scheme for the former Royal High School by Duddingston House Properties on Thursday 3 November between 3:00pm and 7:00pm – to be held at the Royal High School (expected to be in the main Thomas Hamilton building).

We would urge everyone who is interested in the future of this site to go along to the consultation to ensure that the wider community’s views are fully represented on this alternate scheme

 To provide some context, it may be helpful to give some background to this latest proposal.

Continue reading

NTBCC minutes – Monday 12 September 2016

Minutes of New Town and Broughton Community Council, Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 12 September 2016

1. Attendance and apologies for absence

1.2 Present

Community Councillors

Ian Mowat (chair)                    NTBCC

Stephen Hajducki                    NTBCC

Chris Collins                             NTBCC

Judy Conn                                 NTBCC

Claire Miller                             NTBCC

Jack Hugh                                NTBCC

Richard Price                           NTBCC

Christine Ross                         NTBCC

Alan Welsh                               NTBCC

Iain McGill                               NTBCC

Jonathan Finn                         NTBCC

Carol Nimmo                           NTBCC

CEC Councillors

Cllr Joanna Mowat                 City Centre Ward

Cllr Lesley Hinds                     Inverletih Ward

Police

PC Chris Green

PC Paul Rich

Continue reading

NTBCC minutes – Monday 1 August 2016

Minutes of New Town and Broughton Community Council, Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 1 August 2016

1           Attendance and apologies for absence

1.1          Present

Community Councillors

Ian Mowat (chair)                   NTBCC

Lynn Henni                              NTBCC

Chris Collins                            NTBCC/DCA

Judy Conn                                NTBCC

Claire Miller                             NTBCC

Jack Hugh                                NTBCC

Richard Price                           NTBCC

Christine Ross                         NTBCC

Alan Welsh                               NTBCC

Allan Jack                                 NTBCC

Jonathan Finn                         NTBCC

Carol Nimmo                           NTBCC

CEC Councillors

Cllr Marion Donaldson         Leith Walk Ward

Police

PC Chris Green

PC Paul Rich

Continue reading