LHNCC agenda and Eventbrite link: January 2022

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Agenda

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 28 October 2021

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 28 October 2021 at 5:30pm Continue reading

LHNCC October 2021 minutes

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Tuesday 26 October 2021 at 6:30pm Continue reading

City Plan 2030: LHNCC’s public meeting

LHNCC is holding a public meeting on Thursday 9 December at 18:30 to discuss Edinburgh’s proposed new local development plan (City Plan 2030). 

If you have comments or views on the plan which you would like to have included in LHNCC’s response you can send them to secretary@lhncc.org.uk – or you can register to join the meeting on 9 December (via Teams video conferencing).

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The City Plan sets out locations for new homes and businesses, where new infrastructure and facilities are required and how places of value will be protected. It provides policies which will be used to determine future planning applications.

LHNCC is preparing a response on the content of the plan that is relevant to the Leith Harbour and Newhaven area, which must be submitted by 20 December – the closing date for the proposed City Plan’s period for representation.

CEC has prepared a Quick Guide to City Plan 2030 which gives an overview of each section of the plan and what it contains plus more information on the plan and the process. 

LHNCC agenda and Eventbrite link: November 2021

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  1. Introductions, apologies
  2. Declaration of interests
  3. Minutes of October 2021 meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Report tbc
  6. Councillor/MSP/MP reports
  7. Chair, Secretary and Treasurer reports
  8. Standing reports
    1. Planning
      1. Hemmingway’s – LRB decision: refused
      2. Crosslane: Residential Servised Living. Ocean Point 2 – Presentation
      3. Seafield Project update
    2. Licensing
      1. Gambling Policy Consultation
    3.  Transport
      1. CEC – CPZ consultation North Leith & Leith N8
      2. Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT)
      3. Edinburgh Bus User’s Group
    4. Environment
      1. Water of Leith Conservation Trust: Coalie Park
      2. FOWLB
      3. Sewage Related Debris and the Water of Leith
    5. Heritage
      1. Leith Culture & Heritage Group
    6. Community
      1. North East Community Planning Partnership
      2. Leith Chooses
  9. Resident issues
  10. EACC
    1. EACC meeting
  11. AOCB
  12. Date of next meeting: Tuesday 25 January 2022

Consultations covering LHNCC area

Following on from the last post, there are more consultations and planning applications for items that will affect the LHNCC area. Take a deep breath! (Some of the consultations have closed, and some applications have been withdrawn, so LHNCC is recording here the submissions it has made.)

Crosslane: Residential Serviced Living – Ocean Point 2

  • Presentation – LHNCC meeting 23/11/21

Salamander St/Bath Rd (21/01163/PPP)

  • Closing date 9/11/21

Ocean Terminal proposals (21/04420/PAN)

Maritime St (21/04479/FUL, 21/04480/LBC)

Mill Lane (21/04912/FUL)

9 – 21 Salamander Place (20/04907/FUL)

  • Site visit took place 14/9/21

DPEA Appeal REF:  PPA-230-2343 (8/7/21)

  • This application was withdrawn 14/10/21

Proposed extension to the Leith Conservation Area

Leith Connections

Mill Lane Clinic: LHNCC’s objection

 <LHNCC secretary’s personal address redacted>

28 October 2021           

Adam Gloser

Case Officer

PLACE,

Waverley Court,

4 East Market Street, Edinburgh , EH8 8BG

Dear Mr. Gloser

Ref: 21/04912/FUL: Mill Lane Clinic 5 Mill Lane Edinburgh EH6 6TJChange of use from dwelling (class 9) to residential institution (class 8).

Agent: Four Square Scotland

Grounds for comment – Objection

I am submitting this response on behalf of Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council (LHNCC). This proposed change of use from office to Class 8 residential Institution has raised concerns from residents. these have been considered by LHNCC committee and planning group. 

The application appears not to require completion of sections under Checklist for Planning Application and there is no reference or information regarding type of residential institution/tenure for proposed 22 apartments or availability for parking and cycle storage provision. Local residents have identified that the institution will be used as a homeless shelter but no details available about provision being provided and if this will include families or only individuals. If such shelters are needed we would prefer to see them managed by regulated charitable organisations with ongoing support available for tenants.

It would appear the only aspect of the planning application is for the HMO permission, and this is not considered or recorded here. There is no information in this  application about Health & Safety requirements needed to meet legislation. Clarification on what is required for Residential Institution application needs to be clarified as there does not appear to be any specific legislation for this type of change of use application 

We, are therefore, recommending that application is refused as it fails to provide suffice to evidence to allay our concerns.

Yours sincerely 

Jennifer Marlborough

Secretary

LHNCC

Maritime St FUL application: LHNCC’s objection

<LHNCC secretary’s personal address redacted>

9 October 2021

Weronika Myslowiecka

Case Officer

PLACE,

Waverley Court, 

4 East Market Street, 

Edinburgh , EH8 8BG

Dear Ms Myslowiecka

Ref: 21/04479/FUL: Proposed upwards extension and change of use from office to residential to form 22 flats, with associated infrastructure, landscaping, and cycle parking. | 9-11 Maritime Street Edinburgh EH6 6SB

Applicant: Rennick Property

Agent: Scott Hobbs Planning Ltd.

Grounds for comment – Objection

I am submitting this response on behalf of Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council (LHNCC). This proposed development lies within Leith Conservation Area and has raised concerns despite attention given to restoration of some aspects and demolition of more recent buildings at rear of site. These are compromised by internal changes to lower roof to enable increased height and massing in the conservation area to accommodate additional apartments. The loss of commercial/office space impacting on local amenities and parking. Local residents also expressed concern about height and massing.

The application is incomplete as no reference or information regarding types of tenure, parking and cycle storage provision for proposed 22 apartments.

We, are therefore, recommending that application is refused as it fails to meet standards referenced below.

Jennifer Marlborough 

Secretary

LHNCC

References:

Edinburgh Local Development Plan (ELDP) (2016)

Policy Des 3 Development Design –

Incorporating and Enhancing Existing and Potential Features

Planning permission will be granted for development where it is demonstrated that existing characteristics and features worthy of retention on the site and in the surrounding area, have been identified, incorporated and enhanced through its design.

This has not been met

3 Caring for the Environment

Policy Env 5 Conservation Areas – Demolition of Buildings

Proposals for the demolition of any building within a conservation area, whether listed or not, will not normally be permitted unless a detailed planning application is approved for a replacement building which enhances or preserves the character of the area or, if acceptable, for the landscaping of the site.

This application fails in some areas

Policy Env 6: 

Development within a conservation area or affecting its setting will be permitted which “preserves or enhances the special character or appearance of the conservation area and is consistent with the relevant con

servation area character appraisal” and which “demonstrates high standards of design and utilises materials appropriate to the historic environment.”

This application fails in some areas.

5 Housing and Community Facilities 

Policy Hou 2 Housing Mix

The Council will seek the provision of a mix of house types and sizes where practical, to meet a range of housing needs, including those of families, older people and people with special needs, and having regard to the character of the surrounding area and its accessibility.

Not identified in this application.

Policy Hou 6 Affordable Housing

Planning permission for residential development, including conversions, consisting of 12 or more units should include provision for affordable housing amounting to 25% of the total number of units proposed. For proposals of 20 or more dwellings, the provision should normally be on-site. Whenever practical, the affordable housing should be integrated with the market housing.

Not identified in this application.

7 Transport

Car and Cycle Parking

Policies Tra 2 and 3

Not identified in this application.

Maritime St LBC application: LHNCC’s objection

<LHNCC secretary’s personal address redacted>

9 October 2021

Weronika Myslowiecka

Case Officer

PLACE,

Waverley Court, 

4 East Market Street, 

Edinburgh , EH8 8BG

Dear Ms Myslowiecka

Ref:  21/04480/LBC Proposed upwards extension and change of use from office to residential to form 22 flats, with associated infrastructure, landscaping, and cycle parking. | 9-11 Maritime Street Edinburgh EH6 6SB

Applicant: Rennick Property

Agent:       Scott Hobbs Planning Ltd.

Grounds for comment – Objection

I am submitting this response on behalf of Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council (LHNCC). This proposed development lies within Leith Conservation Area and has raised concerns despite attention given to restoration of some aspects and demolition of more recent buildings at rear of site. These are compromised by internal changes to lower roof to enable  increased height and massing in the conservation area to accommodate additional apartments. The loss of commercial/office space impacting on local amenities and parking. Local residents also expressed concern about height and massing. 

The application is incomplete as no reference or information regarding types of tenure, parking and cycle storage provision for proposed 22 apartments. 

We, are therefore, recommending that application is refused as it fails to meet standards referenced below.

References:

Edinburgh Local Development Plan (ELDP) (2016)

Policy Des 3 Development Design –

Incorporating and Enhancing Existing and Potential Features

Planning permission will be granted for development where it is demonstrated that existing characteristics and features worthy of retention on the site and in the surrounding area, have been identified, incorporated and enhanced through its design.

This has not been met

3 Caring for the Environment

Policy Env 5 Conservation Areas – Demolition of Buildings

Proposals for the demolition of any building within a conservation area, whether listed or not, will not normally be permitted unless a detailed planning application is approved for a replacement building which enhances or preserves the character of the area or, if acceptable, for the landscaping of the site.

This application fails in some areas

Policy Env 6: 

Development within a conservation area or affecting its setting will be permitted which “preserves or enhances the special character or appearance of the conservation area and is consistent with the relevant con

servation area character appraisal” and which “demonstrates high standards of design and utilises materials appropriate to the historic environment.”

This application fails in some areas.

5 Housing and Community Facilities 

Policy Hou 2 Housing Mix

The Council will seek the provision of a mix of house types and sizes where practical, to meet a range of housing needs, including those of families, older people and people with special needs, and having regard to the character of the surrounding area and its accessibility.

Not identified in this application.

Policy Hou 6 Affordable Housing

Planning permission for residential development, including conversions, consisting of 12 or more units should include provision for affordable housing amounting to 25% of the total number of units proposed. For proposals of 20 or more dwellings, the provision should normally be on-site. Whenever practical, the affordable housing should be integrated with the market housing.

Not identified in this application.

7 Transport

Car and Cycle Parking

Policies Tra 2 and 3

Not identified in this application.