Former Royal High School – Revised Plans for Luxury Hotel Development Submitted

Following on from the Public Consultation in November 2016 for the proposed re-development of Edinburgh’s former Royal High School into a luxury hotel, the developer (Duddingston House Properties / Urbanist Hotel group) have unveiled a scaled-back vision for the site (see Edinburgh Planning portal reference 17/00588/FUL). New plans lodged with the city council for the project reveal that it will now have 127 rooms (20 fewer than before). The new submission’s stated aims are to pursue their original vision “to restore the unique building to prominence” and “create a world-class hotel of international standing”.

The original proposal was rejected by the Council planning officials and elected Councillors in late 2015 after the majority of heritage bodies and many residents (including the New town and Broughton Community Council )  objected to the scale of the development proposed and the adverse impact on the setting of this important listed building.

A parallel application to restore the building as a home for the St Mary’s Music School already has planning consent but cannot proceed due to contractual arrangements between Edinburgh Council and Duddingston House Properties.

Whilst we fully support in principle any scheme that will restore and safeguard the long-term future of this building , what was shown at the November public Consultation was not in our view sufficient to dispel the significant concerns we had with the previous proposal. That said, we  are currently examining  the planning application carefully before making our detailed response and we have extended an invitation to the developers to discuss these proposals in more detail with NTBCC and are awaiting their response.

We will communicate more details in the next few days but would urge everyone who is interested in the building’s future to examine these proposals and express their views to Edinburgh Council before 24 March.

Let us know what you think by contacting us through our website or attending our meeting on Monday 13 March.

Consultation event for victims & witnesses to crime

(adapted from an email form Loraine Duckworth, Partnership Development Officer)

What: Consultation event for victims & witnesses to crime

When: Monday 16 January 2017, 6pm to 8pm

Where: Fort Community Wing Sports Hall, 25 North Fort Street, EH6 4HF

Edinburgh Council’s Community Safety Services are consulting on the Scottish Government’s new model for community justice which aims to reduce crime, keep communities safe and promote social inclusion and citizenship. People who have been witnesses or victims of crime are invited to go along to the above event.

If you have any questions or could distribute flyers, please contact Suzan.Ross@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Loraine Duckworth | Partnership Development Officer | The City of Edinburgh Council | Place | City Centre Leith Team | 329 High Street | Edinburgh | phone: 0131 529 7403 | Mobile: 07739188437

Some funding opportunities

(adapted from an email from Katie Swann, Partnership Development Officer)

Greenspace Scotland Tesco Grants for open spaces, equipment, community events, sport, leisure activities & they are looking for more Edinburgh applications. Open to community groups,  schools & local authorities
http://greenspacescotland.org.uk/bags-of-help.aspx

Voluntary Arts Scotland new booklet - Cash for Culture Guide to Fundraising for voluntary led creative groups
https://www.voluntaryarts.org/cash-for-culture

The Spirit of Women Changemakers Grant which will fund activity to improve the wellbeing of women and girls.
http://www.evoc.org.uk/noticeboard/notices/the-spirit-of-women-changemakers-small-grants/

There’s some new funding available as part of the People’s Health Trust that might be of interest to you.
http://www.evoc.org.uk/updates/active-communities-funding-campaign/

Katie Swann | Partnership Development Officer | City of Edinburgh Council | South East Locality | City Chambers | Level 9, 329 High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1PN | 0131 529 7492 | katie.swann@edinburgh.gov.uk

Diversity in Community Councils’ work

(Adapted from a post on Tower Wharf Residents’ Association‘s website)
Community Council elections start on Monday, 5th September. Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) has organised a workshop on Wednesday, 7th September (6pm to 8:30pm) followed by drop-sessions to encourage members of Edinburgh’s ethnic population to become involved with their local community councils.

Community Councils are for everyone, and New Town & Broughton CC would welcome new applications to become a CC member for our area. Nominations open on Monday, 5th September and forms can be obtained from the returning officer, Cllr Karen Doran (email karen.doran@edinburgh.gov.uk)  or downloaded from Edinburgh Council’s website from next week.

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Update on the World Heritage Site Consultation by Edinburgh Council

As communicated earlier, a consultation has been conducted, which invited the public and other bodies to have their say on how the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site is being managed.

This was a joint initiative between the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh World Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland and ran throughout July. NTBCC submitted a response to the survey, which required the rating of 14 key attributes (e.g. Facilities & Amenities, Contribution of New Developments, Housing, etc.) on a low to high scale together with any relevant comments. NTBCC’s submission can be seen here.

It is a requirement of all World Heritage Sites that robust management plans are in place to ensure its key values are conserved. The current plan expires at the end of 2016. The new plan will be formalised later in the year based on feedback and suggestions from the public. The results from this will be discussed with Edinburgh Council representatives either at the September or October community council meeting.

A summary of the overall submissions can be seen here.

NTBCC’s submission was overall slightly more optimistic than those from the general public.

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