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.

We also acknowledge the efforts of the design team to incorporate changes to go some way to meet the main concerns raised by residents in the adjacent developments e.g.

  • reducing the overall number of residential units to 180
  • pulling the development back from the site edge to create mores space and new green walkways between the development and its neighbours
  • creating a “stepped” frontage to Warriston Road that ensures the height of the development is more in line with both the Printworks and Powderhall Village
  • an improved and sustainable management plan for the tree screen on the eastern edge

We continue to have concerns on the cumulative impact that this development and others nearby will have on local infrastructure (e.g. on-street parking, healthcare provision, education) and most importantly, traffic flows in the area. We will continue to monitor and flag issues as required to the relevant authorities.