Public Life Street Assessments

A series of studies investigating the public life of Edinburgh’s town centres reveal how each currently functions in terms of pedestrian/cyclist movement and as a place.

Bruntsfield and Morningside
Corstorphine

 

 

Leith Walk
Gorgie and Dalry
Nicolson Street and Clerk Street
Portobello
Stockbridge
Tollcross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Life Street Assessments, carried out by design consultants HERE+NOW for the Council, involve a mix of direct observation methodologies, user interviews and more focussed sub studies such as facade, land use and activity studies.  In-depth analysis of this data identifies trends in the way people currently use the street environment. This has informed suggested opportunities for improvement.

The assessments supplement the Council’s existing knowledge about how these town centres function and build on existing thinking and work to date, including the Local Development Plan, Town Centre Toolkit and Edinburgh Street Design Guidance.

The studies provide valuable information for all parties with an interest in maximising public life within Edinburgh’s town centres.  They have already informed the preparation of Supplementary Guidance for each of the town centres, draft Locality Improvement Plans and a design and an improved public space trial project within Stockbridge.

Update – using the studies

One of the studies has already informed input to a Locality Improvement Plan (LIP) – the South West LIP includes reference to the Gorgie/Dalry Town Centre which was informed by the relevant study. More detailed work will be under taken to develop to a delivery plan with associated timescales.

The Supplementary Guidance, which are about to be adopted, will be used to determine relevant planning applications.

The studies will also be used as an input to the LDP Action Programme, due to be updated early 2018.  We’ll share the Action Programme here on the blog and on Twitter when it’s out too.

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.