Demolition to Start at the Former B&Q Site

Although there has been some minor exploratory work in the car park of the former B&Q store in Warriston Road, the developer (Artisan) now has in place the necessary permissions to start re-development of the site and intends to commence demolition, site clearance and other prestart works on Monday 23rd October.

The local residents group has raised an historical issue regarding the enforcement of the no parking restrictions mainly at the western end of Powderhall Road – it would seem that during the development of Powderhall Village, no relevant traffic orders were exercised at that time, such that parking restrictions are currently unenforceable. The necessary provisions are now belatedly being progressed by Edinburgh Council and thankfully, with the retrofit of the adjacent Fusion House from office use to residential now being complete, the pressure on parking on this section of Powderhall Road has eased somewhat but residents remain concerned about the impact of the low number of planned parking spaces in the new Canonmills garden development and the probable over-spill into Powderhall and the surrounding streets.

We are pleased that the developer for the B&Q site has at least made contractors aware of the limited car parking in the area and has arranged for all of their personnel to park within the B&Q site boundary.

The demolition contractors are Kinetic Demolition (www.kineticdemolition.com) who can be contacted on 0131-510-7170 in the event of a reoccurrence of irresponsible parking.

Coincident with the demolition, a pro-active programme of tree maintenance that will involve some thinning and felling” will be undertaken in the existing tree belt at the eastern edge of the site.

Clearly, whilst some may miss the convenience of a DIY store in the locality, very few will miss the aesthetic contribution of the current shed, its yard or its car park – including its carrier-bag catching fencing.

NTBCC are overall supportive of the proposed development which will provide much needed new homes (including 25% “affordable" units) on a brownfield site that is no longer  deemed to have a viable commercial use.

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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.

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Calton Hill Draft Management Plan

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

This draft management plan (32 MB PDF) was commissioned by Edinburgh World Heritage on behalf of the Calton Hill Steering Group. It aims to direct future management and maintenance of this landmark site and will be presented to City of Edinburgh Council on 15 March 2018.

The Calton Hill Steering Group would welcome your views and feedback on this draft document.  Please see the link below which will take you directly to a survey through which any comments or suggestions can be made. This survey will close on Tuesday 7 November 2017.

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/calton-hill-draft-management-plan-1

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Murphy (Edinburgh Council) using the details below.

Thank you in advance for taking part.

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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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George Street – Preliminary Design – Next Steps

NTBCC have been involved in discussions regarding the potential improvements and redesign of George Street for several years. We have been an active participant in the Steering group and attended the public consultations in 2015 and were involved in setting the Design Principles for George Street.

The following has been adapted from an email from Anna Herriman (Edinburgh Council's City Centre Programme Manager, South East Locality) that provides stakeholders and interested parties with an update on the beginning of the next phase of the development of a design for George Street. (Sections in quotation marks are reproduced verbatim).

A report updating Edinburgh Council's Transport & Environment committee on this preliminary design project is available on the Council website, and will be considered by the  committee on 5 October 2017. In summary though, key elements include:

  • Project scope
  • Appointment of consultants
  • The role of engagement and stakeholder input in the preliminary design stage
  • Timescales for the project

We have extended an invitation to Anna Herriman to come to the November NTBCC meeting to discuss this further.

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