NTBCC minutes – Monday 11 September 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 11 September 2017 at 7.30pm

Actions and decisions are red italic underlined. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.

This minute is in the agenda order, but the chair re-ordered the meeting due to late arrivals from the Cockburn Association AGM. Continue reading

Picardy Place and Royal Bank of Scotland site lead packed agenda for Monday 9 October meeting

Not only do we have GVA coming to outline their revised plans for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Dundas Street, but the City of Edinburgh Council’s Executive Director of Place, Paul Lawrence has accepted our  invitation to  address us on the Council's  latest plans to replace the Picardy Place roundabout with a 3 lane traffic "gyratory".

Like many local residents and other stakeholders, Community Council members were shocked by the short timescales indicated in the September public engagement exercise. In  a letter to the City Council's Transport and Environment Committee we called for genuine consultation about the redevelopment of the Picardy Place roundabout site .-as reported in the Broughton Spurtle  here.  http://www.broughtonspurtle.org.uk/news/picardy-place-reactions

We welcome  the Committee response committing  to further public engagement on the plans this autumn, but are concerned at reports from last Thursday's meeting that the gyratory plans are now  ‘embedded’ into the £60m+  Growth Accelerator Model (GAM) contracts the Council  signed with St James Quarter developer TH Real Estate and the Scottish Government in June 2016- see Broughton Spurtle report here http://www.broughtonspurtle.org.uk/news/no-major-rethink-picardy-place . We will be exploring with Paul Lawrence   what opportunities for amendment and improvement there are, and will, as far as time  permits, allow residents who attend to put questions to him.

New Proposal – Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Re-development – Dundas St / Fettes Row / Royal Crescent

Following on from the seemingly “stalled” planning application (16/05454/PPP) for the former RBS site in the New Town, NTBCC were recently invited to a meeting by GVA / Michael Laird Architects to have first sight of their latest (amended) proposals.

The original application attracted over 400 objections including one from Historic Environment Scotland (HES). The agents and architects have been in discussion with both the Planning Authority and HES with the objective of amending the their plans in light of the many concerns raised with their original proposal, primarily (but not exclusively) due to the impact on the views and amenity of Fettes Row & Royal Crescent and the users of King George V Park.

We understand from these recent discussions that the agents intend submitting a set of amended plans – replacing elements of the original plans to address (at least in part) the concerns raised by HES and many others. We also understand that a further consultation period of at least 21 days  is envisaged which will allow residents to look at the proposed changes and submit further comments. There may also be further "neighbourhood notifications" to alert local residents to these amended plans.

We also strongly encouraged the developers to engage in a face to face discussion to give residents more background and explain the reasoning behind these amendments.

We are pleased that representatives from GVA and Michael Laird Architects will be at the October NTBCC meeting on Monday October 9th at 7:30pm in Broughton St Mary’s (further details on  http://www.ntbcc.org.uk/ntbcc-agenda-monday-9-october-2017/to discuss their latest thoughts.

The developers have indicated that their amended plans will be submitted for consideration in the next 1 – 2 months but  should provide a clearer timescale at the NTBCC meeting.

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NTBCC minutes – Monday 11 August 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 14 August 2017 at 7.30pm Continue reading