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.
Minutes of New Town and Broughton Community Council, Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 10 April 2017
(adapted from an email from Jenny Bruce, World Heritage Site Co-ordinator)
Consultation is now open for feedback on the draft Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage site management plan (2017-2022). Edinburgh Council is asking what you think of the draft plan, and would welcome you sharing the consultation link (https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/onte-whs-draft-plan) far and wide.
The consultation (downloadable here) looks at the six themes we discussed in our Oversight Group meetings and it will take about 15-20 minutes to respond. You can respond using the online survey (the detailed proposals appear alongside the relevant survey questions) or download a copy of the questions and submit your feedback via email. The consultation will close on 5 June 2017. An initial summary of findings will be published within 8 weeks of this date.
The feedback received will be analysed and further considered by the management partners to update and modify the Plan; the final version of the Management Plan will be formally endorsed by the partners by September 2017.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in with the Site Co-ordinator (contact details below).
Jenny Bruce | World Heritage Site Co-ordinator | Planning and Transport Service| Directorate of Place | The City of Edinburgh Council | Waverley Court - G3 | 4 East Market Street | Edinburgh | EH8 8BG | Tel: 0131 529 3510 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.