For reasons which are not immediately obvious, Cornerstone Property Development has applied for the second time in 12 months for a change of use at 2–3a Blenheim Place from bank to hostel (Ref. 18/07713/FUL).
Tesco on Broughton Road want to change the hours during which it can deliver on Sunday mornings. Yet again.
The latest application (Ref. 18/07477/FUL) seeks to amend an earlier permission (Ref. 09/00039/FUL) which allows Sunday deliveries from noon to 6pm. Tesco wants an extra two hours, starting from 10am. Locals simply want one morning a week when they can lie in bed, or sit in the garden, undisturbed.
City of Edinburgh Council's Development Management Subcommittee yesterday unanimously refused planning permission for a controversial short-term letting proposal at 7–8 Baxter’s Place (Ref. 17/05645/FUL).
Save Leith Walk campaigners got an early taste of the Planning system’s complexities and frustrations this afternoon when they tried to present a petition opposing Drum Property’s development of 106–54 Stead’s Place.
The petition has attracted some 12,200 signatures over the last 4 months. But councillors and officials on the Planning Committee refused to accept it. Since the planning application is now live, they could not be seen to be influenced by the document. Nor could they ask questions of the 3-person deputation which appeared before them at the same meeting.
Bar rooms, kitchen tables and social media have been buzzing over recent months with conversations about the future of Leith in general and Leith Walk in particular. Spurtle is no expert on our friends north of Pilrig Street, but what happens to them clearly has ramifications for the rest of us. So, here’s an effort to set down some of the broad lines of a wide-ranging discussion, one which will continue for years to come.
NEW FILM BACKS MUSIC SCHOOL PLAN
A visually stunning new video has appeared online asserting the merits of moving St Mary’s Music School into a restored and sympathetically extended old Royal High School (see HERE).
High-profile supporters Alex McCall Smith and Nicola Benedetti feature in the short film produced by Rapid Visual Media for the Perfect Harmony campaign.
And now for some good news.
The application to redevelop Canon Mill has stalled.
As first reported here back in January, the Thistle Property Group wanted to retain the façade of 1–3 Canon Street and demolish everything behind it, to create 11 new flats and a commercial space at ground-floor level (Ref. 17/05967/FUL).
City of Edinburgh Council seeks the public’s views on outdoor advertising. Its online consultation pages – with six multiple-choice questions and space for additional comments – will remain OPEN HERE until 14 September.
The subject has arisen as CEC reviews planning guidelines on ‘what types of outdoor advertising are acceptable [and] where it is suitable’.