City of Edinburgh Council proposes to allocate a large area of Seafield as “housing led mixed use development” in the next Local Development Plan. Whilst no specific development plans have yet come forward, it is already clear that changes are coming fast, as some car dealers prepare to close and some land sales have taken place.
The Seafield site is not in ‘our’ area (The Leith Links CC boundary lies at the sewage works and Seafield Street (the edge of the old Eastern General Hospital site), but immediately adjoins it. Changes and new development in this waterfront area would be likely to have a major impact on our area, and indeed on the whole of North East Edinburgh.
Do we want to sit back and watch what happens, as multiple different developers rush to grab a bit of this potentially profitable site? Or do we want to see a coordinated approach so that all developers are required to adhere to a set of principles laid down by the local community and the council, working together?
Leith Links Community Council is seeking your views on whether community councils and other groups in the area should be seeking to make proactive moves to shape planning development at Seafield.
Please use this very short survey to say what you think.
Note: This consultation survey has been published by Portobello Community Council and is hosted on the PCC account but is a joint consultation being run jointly by Craigentinny and Meadowbank Community Council, Leith Links Community Council and Portobello Community Council. Responses will be collated and shared with City of Edinburgh Council.
The City of Edinburgh Council, with support from Sustrans Scotland, is introducing temporary measures to protect public health and support physical distancing. These measures will make it easier and safer for people to get around our streets for essential journeys and exercise.
Using their online tool citizens can submit suggestions on their interactive map, and others can show their support for any suggestions. Of course, additional feedback can still be submitted to your local Councillors – Booth, McVey & Munro or by emailing Council officers at email@example.com.
There are a number of suggestions & feedback relating to the Leith Links Community Council area on the Councils website, an example of three such streets are;
We would now invite you to suggest other streets in the Leith Links Community Council which should be considered for closure.
Please be aware that the Council need to take into account a wide range of factors when considering closing streets which means that not all suggestions will be able to be acted upon. Likely factors may be whether the street forms part of a bus route and access for emergency services.
Think about telling us why you are suggesting a particular street and how you feel that street being closed would benefit our community.
Leith Links Community Council will consider the feedback at our next meeting, due to be held on Monday 25 May 2020 at 18:30 on Zoom. Further details will be published on our website.
In the meantime we will make sure that our local Councillors know that they may visit our website to see some of our communities views.
Community Councillors have been working for a number of weeks to understand & respond to the consultation as the product which arises from the Councils work developing City Plan 2030 will have a massive impact upon our communities future for generations to come in areas such as new homes, transport, education and green spaces.
The consultation ran online from 31 January to 30 April 2020 and included a series of drop in events throughout the city. Originally due to close in March the deadline was extended by the local authority due to the Covid-19 national health crisis.
The Council website pages dedicated to City Plan 2030 includes a brief description of what the City Plan 2030 is;
Choices for City Plan 2030 in 200 words
Our next local development plan
Our city continues to grow. We must manage that growth and make sure everyone can share in our city’s success.
Our City Plan 2030 will set out the long-term vision for Edinburgh. It will set out locations for new homes and businesses, protect places of value, and make sure that essentials for a good quality of life – like public transport, schools and green space – are core to our city.
Scottish Government requires councils to produce a local development plan. The plan is used to guide decisions on planning applications.
We’re planning for a city that is a great place to live, where you don’t need to own a car to move around, where everyone lives in a home which they can afford and where everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing is supported.
We’re not starting from scratch – many of the policies in our existing local development plan are working well. The choices outlined for City Plan 2030 looks at key areas for change such as addressing climate change, building affordable housing, short-term lets and student accommodation. They will play a major part in helping us to meet our ambition for a carbon neutral city by 2030.
Police Scotland are inviting members of our community to take part in an online survey entitled ‘your Police 2020-2021’.
Anyone wishing to take part in the survey can do so until 31 March 2021.
The survey also includes a number of questions specifically relating to Police activity during the current Covid-19 National Health Emergency.
In their introductory statements Police Scotland say;
We recognise the importance of understanding the views and priorities of Scotland’s diverse communities. This is especially important during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This survey is a platform for you to give us your views and opinions during these challenging times, and beyond.
The survey will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.
City of Edinburgh Council / Leith Neighbourhood Network are asking the Leith community for their suggestions on projects which could be taken forward to help improve the local environment, funded wholly or in part by the Councils Neighbourhood Environment Programme funding for our area.
To gather our communities suggestions a drop in session will be held on Wednesday 5th February 2020 at Leith Community Centre (Cafe) from 3pm till 6pm.
In addition to the drop-in event, Council Officers from the Leith housing team are looking to deliver additional local walkabouts with Council tenants to identify potential projects, which will be promoted alongside the drop-in event.
Pub chain J D Wetherspoons have published their plans for the derelict site at 15 Duke Street – to turn the site into a beer garden for their Foot of the Walk public House.
The building & land at 15 Duke Street has been highlighted by the community as an eyesore for a number of years.
Those who would like to find out more about their proposals, ask any questions, make any suggestions etc will be able to to do so at a consultation event has been arranged for Thursday 16 January 2020, from 3pm to 8pm in their Foot of the Walk public house.
And ofcourse the community will be able to submit views etc to City of Edinburgh Council when formal planning permission/s are sought.
City of Edinburgh Council Planning Service are holding a series of public consultation events early in the New Year on the future of a development site at Leith Walk / Halmyre Street. The site area is shown on the plan below although the surrounding area will be considered in the consultations.
They are looking to gather people’s views about the future of this site to inform the development of a place brief (a place brief sets out high level principles to guide the future development of a site).
Clearly there has been a lot of community engagement activity in the area. It is crucial that the place brief is progressed in the context and spirit of the recent Leith Conference, held at the end of October.