Preparation works are ongoing in the area ahead of the closure of the Victoria Dock Bridge in order to carry out reinforcement and structural works. To accommodate these works there is a requirement to extend the temporary traffic lights east bound. View the updated traffic management plan.
Ocean Drive footpath closure
From Monday 24 May a footpath closure will be implemented with a temporary pedestrian diversion in place. There will be no through route for pedestrians/cyclists accessing the area. A suggested diversion route is via Rennie’s Isle / Commercial Street. Signage will be installed in the local area to inform pedestrians and cyclists. View the diversion plan here.
There will be some minor ground investigation works at Western Harbour in the park commencing this week. The works should not cause any disruption or adverse noise and they will be undertaken within the fence line of the park and during normal working hours of 8am to 5pm.
A small number of workers plan to be on site on 25th and 26th May 2021 and then again for a couple of days during week commencing 31 May 2021. Please pass this information on to any of the factors at Western Harbour.
LHNCC has submitted the following reasoned argument against this proposed development. The main argument is
We are objecting to the proposal because it represents inappropriate and gross overdevelopment of a small site, and would adversely impact Rennie’s Isle and the wider Leith Waterfront and Conservation Area
VRS Limited has plans ‘a mixed use development and sustainable Build to Rent scheme’. This would be at 1 Rennie’s Isle, ‘an existing 1980s design office building that sits at the north eastern corner of Victoria Quay on Ocean Drive’
This site ‘lies just outside of the Leith Conservation Area (and the sub-zone of Old Leith and the Shore) in ‘North Leith’ just to the south of the active docks.’
VRS says ‘The design is at an early stage but we intend to submit an application for planning permission for a complete redevelopment of the building. This will include mixture of live-work apartments to rent as well as affordable housing and potential active ground floor uses.’
Permitted development rights are types of works, usually less complex and minor proposals such as small alterations and extensions that can be carried out without the need to apply for planning permission. From April 1st, new extended permitted development rights came into force which allow residents of both houses and flats to build structures and cycle stores within both their front and rear gardens.