NTBCC minutes – Monday 14 September 2020

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s public meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 14 September 2020 at 7pm

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NTBCC minutes – Monday 10 August 2020

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s public meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 10 August 2020 at 7pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. ND (‘no dissent’) means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

NTBCC agenda – Monday 14 September 2020

Agenda for online meeting: 6:45pm for 7.00pm start

We very much welcome members of the public joining the meeting (using the Zoom platform)

To receive the Zoom link details to join the meeting, please email secretary@ntbcc.org.uk

Anyone who wants to raise an issue for discussion can do so either by submitting a Contact Us form or sending a message via @NTBCC on Twitter.

Item

Time allocated

  1. 6:45 – 7:00pm: Technology check / admin
15 minutes
  1. Welcome / NTBCC membership update & Notice of NTBCC AGM in October
10 minutes
  1. Minutes of 10th August Meeting (via Zoom) and Matters Arising
    (To approve)
  1. Police Report
    (To note, Police Scotland key messages as received/circulated prior to meeting)
5 minutes
  1. Planning
    1. Ex-RBS site Planning Application: Presentation by Ross McNulty (Ediston)
    2. Q & A (NTBCC & members of the public)
      Purpose: Opportunity to fully understand proposals as lodged - 20/03034/FUL & 20/03661/CON
  1. 10 minutes
  2. 20 minutes
  1. Transport
    1. Safer Streets – ‘Spaces for People’ latest news / update
      (To note & discuss overall process / feedback to Edinburgh Civic Forum)
    2. Update: ‘Proposed Pedestrian Crossing Priorities’ as presented to P&S Committee 20 August
      (To note & agree any further follow-up)
    3. Final Tram Extension TRO proposals (McDonald Road – Picardy Place)
      (To note : link to plans available on website - final consultation expected mid September)
    4. Update to concerns raised regarding increased traffic in Bellevue Road / Annandale St.
      (Agree further follow-up as necessary)
15 minutes
  1. Festivals & Events: ‘Charter for Edinburgh’
    (To discuss / comment on Cllr Mowat / 5CC’s initiative re. festivals / events in the future)
15 minutes
  1. Environment
    1. Updates from Councillor(s) on managing reported increased incidence of graffiti
      (To note & agree any further follow-up)
    2. Communal Bin Review - consultation sessions
      (To note)
  1. 15 minutes
  2. 5 minutes
  1. Licensing
    by exception
  1. Engagement / Communications
    summary issued
  1. Local residents’ associations / Local Interest Groups
  1. Any other business
    (To include issues raised by residents not already covered)

 

Communication from Ediston on ‘confusion over the application process’ for the RBS Site on Dundas Street / Fettes Row

It was announced in the media on 31st July that Ediston (for owners Orion Capital Managers) have submitted a planning application for the ‘New Town Quarter’, the large brownfield site which includes the buildings previously  occupied by RBS at the foot of Dundas Street. The plans are for the site to be redeveloped to include residential (both for sale and 'Build to Rent'), offices and some retail use. In addition, it may include options for a new hotel.

It was intended to discuss these plans at  the New Town & Broughton Community Council's (NTBCC) August meeting and the community council was hoping more details would have been available on the Edinburgh Council Planning portal prior to the meeting. However, we were aware of a rumour circulating  that the application had been withdrawn.

Two separate applications are necessary, one covering the proposed redevelopment of the site and the second, for demolition of the existing buildings - although not listed (unsurprisingly), they reside within the New Town Conservation Area and  as such, permission is required for demolition. It is also worth stating that it is normal practice to assess both of these applications concurrently – as a key factor in the assessment for demolition is what is being proposed to replace it.

The application for 'Complete Demolition in a Conservation Area' application (20/03033/CON) was lodged on 27th July but was showing as having been withdrawn on the Planning portal. No details of the other application details were available on the Planning portal.

NTBCC contacted Ediston to seek clarification as to the situation to share with local residents.  Ross McNulty of Ediston responded promptly and advised

We did confirm previously that the drawings and Design / Access Statement were issued on 24th July but the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) would be issued on 31st August, and that would be the date the application will become live on the portal.

The conservation area consent has been withdrawn, but only so it can be submitted alongside the EIA on the 31st August, as it should run concurrently with the EIA, so all goes live on the portal at the same time.

NTBCC also received a further communication from Ediston on 11th August

I am making contact with you, as I have spoken to you all recently with regards to our application, but I believe there may still be some confusion over the application process and availability of information, therefore I will try to help and make it clear.

On 24th July a full set of drawings and Design and Access Statement was submitted to CEC. This information does not go on the portal as I have explained previously. The Conservation Area Consent was also issued, but it was acknowledged with CEC that it was submitted too early as needs to be lodged at same time as the Environmental Impact Assessment, therefore it was agreed to withdraw it and re-submit on 31st August.

The EIA will be submitted on 31st August as planned, and so will the Conservation Area Consent at which point all information will be available on the portal.

I have always advised that information will only be available on the portal until after the 31st August, which remains the case.

I do hope this is clear and can be communicated appropriately. If you do have any further queries, please let me know.

So, it would seem that expectations of local residents may have been raised prematurely regarding the reports of the applications having been submitted.

It seems to NTBCC that the documents should not have been lodged on the planning portal until all of the necessary documentation was available to view publically (for both the redevelopment application and the demolition of the existing buildings), and withdrawal of 20/03033/CON was both sensible and appropriate.

We look forward to the full suite of planning documents being available for scrutiny on 31st August.

Finally, we suggested to Ediston that it may be helpful if they attended the 14th September  NTBCC meeting to present their proposals and answer any questions that local residents  may have and we are pleased that they accepted this offer.

 

NTBCC agenda Monday 8 June: online meeting

Agenda for online public meeting

Monday 8 June 202o: 6:45pm for 7.00pm Start

We very much welcome members of the public who want to join the discussion (using the Zoom platform) to register here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-community-council-using-zoom-8-june-tickets-107373376660

Log-in details/link will then be emailed to all those who have registered.

In addition, if anyone wants to raise an issue for discussion, they can do so either by submitting a Contact Us form (links to ntbcc.org.uk) or send us a message via Twitter @NTBCC.

  1. 6:45 – 7:00pm: Technology check/admin (15 minutes)
        
  2. Welcome (5 minutes)
    1. Minutes of unofficial meeting of 13 April and matters arising
      (To note, to be approved/seconded prior to meeting)
    2. Police report
      (To note, Police Scotland key messages to be circulated prior to meeting) (5 minutes)
  3. *Transport (20 minutes)
    1. Safer Streets – ‘Spaces for People’ process & road closure proposals
      (Discussion – overall process and NTBCC’s approach)

  4. *Licensing – by exception
  5. *Environment – by exception
  6. *Planning (20 minutes)
    1. RBS site (Ediston)  Feedback from 5 June meeting with NTBCC members
      (To note & agree any further follow-up prior to the planning application being submitted)

  7. Events (10 minutes)
    1. Policy & Sustainability Committee 28 May
      (To note - Festival consultation / Summer Sessions)

  8. Engagement

  9. NTBCC Annual Report (Apr ‘19 – Mar ’20) for AGM (with AGM date TBC) (5 minutes)
    (To comment on final draft)

  10. Local residents’ associations (5 minutes)
    (To note information / agree action for any requests / contacts from them)

  11. Any other business
    (To include summary of public contact)

NTBCC minutes – Monday 9 March 2020

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s meeting, held in Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 9 March 2020 at 7pm

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NTBCC minutes – Monday 10 February 2020

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s business meeting, held in Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 10 February 2020 at 7pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. ND (‘no dissent’) means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading