Development on the RBS site on Dundas Street and Fettes Row – Response to Latest Consultation

The New Town & Broughton Community Council have been actively following the plans being put forward on behalf of The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for the redevelopment of the land in its ownership bordering Dundas Street, Fettes Row, Royal Crescent and Eyre Terrace.

We submitted comments on the previous Public Exhibitions held in September and November 2015 by GVA James Barr & the architects Michael Laird Associates. These comments were a consensus of the views expressed by various local residents’ associations as well as discussions within NTBCC.

NTBCC attended the Final Public Exhibition in February 2016 – the Exhibition Boards used can be seen here.

We believe that the proposed site, given its size, central location and adjoining the precious open space of King George V Park within the New Town, offers a unique opportunity to add real value to the area. As such, NTBCC are not against development in some form for the majority of the site – replacing buildings that have little or no architectural merit, bordering the Edinburgh World Heritage site and within the New Town Conservation Area.

Overall, NTBCC’s position (reflecting both the changes introduced in the latest consultation in February and the many representations from members of the local community) results in the New Town & Broughton Community Council being against several key elements of the proposed development.

Our latest comments can be viewed here.

In summary, NTBCC believe that the proposed footprints and height of the 8 “finger blocks” fronting Fettes Row / Royal Crescent in the latest plan constitutes over development of the site. We believe that the proposal now demands too much from the land available. Housing provision is too dense, with height, mass and footprint overwhelming Fettes Row, Royal Crescent and the King George V Park.”

The increased density of building in the core of the site vs. the previous proposal has led to a reduction in “green” value of the adjacent public park.

The large residential element, in our view, overwhelms the local infrastructure and the scale is    beyond socially and environmentally acceptable limits.

We expect the full Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) application to be submitted by the developers before the end of June 2016. We would encourage all those interested in this development to study what is being proposed and ensure that their view is heard either directly or through the community council.