Leith Walk/Halmyre Street Place Brief

The Leith Walk/Halmyre Street Place Brief is now online. The approved place brief provides guidance for a co-ordinated approach to a housing-led, mixed use development on a site east of Leith Walk and west of Halmyre Street.

The place brief has been prepared by the Council’s planning service in collaboration with other Council services. It has involved extensive engagement with the local community and other stakeholders through a series of community engagement events held in January this year, covered in this blog back in May.

Future planning applications for any part of the site will be required to address the principles within the place brief to ensure that development helps to create a good place.

The place brief has the status of non-statutory planning guidance and will be a material consideration in the determination of relevant planning applications.

You can download the full place brief here.

Leith tour with German students

Hello again everyone,

On Thursday (4/8/16), Katie and I had the pleasure of co-ordinating and hosting a tour of Leith Waterfront at the request of a group of students from Rurh University in Bochum, Germany. They are going to be doing a project comparing significant, up-and-coming waterfront locations in the UK against European examples, studying the different approaches to waterfront development, as well as the challenges of the different locations and lessons to be learned from each city.

Fellow students from Ruhr University
Fellow students from Ruhr University

When they contacted us with the request, Katie and I agreed we would rise to the challenge and take on this great opportunity. We spent time doing our ‘homework’ on the area; we went on site, read development plans, articles, and conversed with folk to get a feel for the area from a local’s perspective. We learnt a lot, and it was interesting to review plans for the waterfront and the challenges it has faced over the past decade.

Nervous is an understatement as to how we were feeling as we walked to meet the students, however, they were great – so friendly and eager to learn. The tour went really well; we took them round Western Harbour, across to Ocean Terminal and finished on the top level of the car park, you could say we finished on a ‘high note’. The group spoke very positively about Edinburgh and presented Katie and I with little gifts all the way from Bochum. We wish them all the best for their project, future studies and who knows we may meet again in the future as the upcoming generation of planners in our countries.

Tokens of appreciation from Bochum, Germany
Tokens of appreciation from Bochum, Germany

Such a joy, thank-you to the group, it was our pleasure.

Katie and Luke.

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.