The Southside Place Standard

Hello,

The Southside Placemaking Exercise

The City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with various organisations from the Southside, will be holding a Placemaking exercise to get your views on what you think works well and what doesn’t work so well in the Southside.

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The Southside

How to get involved

We will be carrying out a placemaking exercise using the Place Standard tool which has been developed by A&DS, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. We will take groups of people through the exercise in facilitated sessions.  We’d like as many of the community as possible to get involved to help make the process work.

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The Place Standard wheel shows how people scored different aspects of their area. 1 being very poor, 7 being excellent. (This is an illustrative example and not the scores for the Southside).

This is the third time we have used this process, so we know it is a successful tool.  It will help inform the Town Centre Supplementary Guidance and the Southside Locality Improvement Plan.

When

Tuesday 22nd November

  • 1st Session 17:30
  • 2nd Session 18:45

Saturday 26th November

  • 1st Session 10:00
  • 2nd Session 11:00

Where

Southside Community Centre

Please let us know if you’re interested in coming along to one of the sessions by contacting george.oldroyd@edinburgh.gov.uk

What is Placemaking?

Places that work well for the community have a significant influence on the health and well-being of individuals. The opposite is also true – places that do not work well have a negative impact on health and well-being. The aim of placemaking is to create successful places.

We can measure the success of a place through the use of a tool called the Place Standard . This consists of a series of indicators that allow the community to assess things like access to greenspace, general maintenance of an area and perception of safety. This tells us where a place is succeeding and where it is failing.

The Scottish Government’s policy on Architecture and Place – Creating Places sets the context for how we can deliver great places.

What will happen after the exercise?

This process will give us lots of information about the Southside and how it works well as a town and where it doesn’t and we can use this to inform what we do as a Council and how new development can support the qualities of the Southside.

This is not just another consultation, it is an opportunity to make a difference to the area in which you live, work and visit.

Information regarding these events is also  available on the City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation hub.

 

New planning guidance for Bruntsfield/Morningside and Leith Town Centres

New guidance has been approved for Bruntsfield/Morningside and Leith town centres. The guidance looks at activities in these town centres such as shopping, walking and visiting and will be used to improve these places for all users.

Bruntsfield/Morningside town centre planning guidance
Bruntsfield/Morningside town centre planning guidance
Leith town centre planning guidance
Leith town centre planning guidance

We had the help of HERE+NOW to look at issues in the town centres and come up with a number of suggestions. We have used this and the feedback from the consultation to inform the final guidance. The guidance aims to strengthen and improve these town centres as the heart of the local community and to help develop proposals for placemaking. They will be used to assess planning applications and proposals for change. We’ll also be working with other Council services to see how improvements can be made in these areas.

Bruntsfield/Morningside and Leith Town Centres

Your views on the Bruntsfield/Morningside and Leith Town Centres 

We are now consulting on draft guidance for Bruntsfield/Morningside and Leith town centres and would like your views on how we plan for these places.

You can give us your views on the draft town centre guidance by completing the online surveys or speaking to us at one of the drop in sessions noted below.  Posters for these events are at the bottom of this post.  Both consultations will close on 16 February 2016.

Bruntsfield/Morningside Town Centre consultation

Morningside Library – drop in sessions

  • Tuesday 19 January 2 – 5pm
  • Saturday 23 January 11am – 2pm

Leith Town Centre consultation 

McDonald Road Library – drop in sessions

  • Tuesday 26 January 2 – 5pm
  • Saturday 30 January 11am – 2pm

Background

The Edinburgh Local Development Plan has eight town centres with more detail contained in Supplementary Guidance.  Preparing this guidance allows a more flexible approach to how we plan for these different town centres.

The guidance also sets out how we apply the Scottish Government’s Town Centre First Policy and emphasises how important town centres are as the heart of a community and a place for a range of activities.

Supplementary guidance is already in place for the City CentreCorstorphineGorgie/Dalry, and Tollcross town centres.  Later this year we’ll be preparing town centre guidance for the remaining town centres at Nicolson Street/Clerk Street, Portobello and Stockbridge.  You can keep up to date with these by subscribing to this blog or the Council’s consultation hub.

Shops in Edinburgh’s town centres

Did you know that Edinburgh has eight town centres? These are Brunstfield/Morningside, Corstorphine, Gorgie/Dalry, Leith/Leith Walk, Nicolson Street/Clerk Street, Portobello, Stockbridge and Tollcross.

Recently we’ve been asking people about shop uses in their area and what else they would like to see such as cafes, offices or community uses.  As part of this, pupils from Corstorphine Primary and Dalry Primary schools drew what they’d like in their area.  Thanks to the pupils for their great ideas, which you can view below.  

At the moment we are consulting on Corstorphine and Gorgie/Dalry town centres.  We’re holding a a drop-in session on Saturday 10 May 11am to 3pm at Fountainbridge Library if you’d like to speak to us about Gorgie/Dalry or ask us about any of the town centres.

Corstorphine

Gorgie/Dalry