Response to consultation on Picardy Place: December 2017

(NTBCC submitted the following to Edinburgh Council today [19 December 2017].)

Overview

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

NTBCC minutes – Monday 13 November

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

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December meeting headlines

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.

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Update : Amended Plans Now Submitted for RBS Site Redevelopment

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.

 

NTBCC agenda – Monday 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)

  1. Attendance and apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of meeting of 13 November 2017, and matters arising
  3. Police
  4. Transport – update re Picardy Place proposals
  5. Planning – update re Royal Bank of Scotland site planning application
  6. Licensing
  7. Environment
  8. Communications
  9. Neighbourhood Partnerships and local residents' associations
  10. 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 minsec@ntbcc.org.uk at any time.

Question Time – Edinburgh Council Budget

(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

Thank you.

NTBCC minutes – Monday 9 October 2017

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 09 October 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