Ocean Terminal Public exhibition: LHNCC response

<LHNCC’s secretary’s personal address redacted>

6 October 2021

Chris Richardson                                                                    

Managing Director

Ambassador Group

231 St. Vincent Street

Glasgow G2 VQ5


Dear Mr. Richardson

Re: 21/04420/PAN Ocean Terminal. First Public Exhibition 23 September 2021

Consulation Feedback

I am writing on behalf of Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council (LHNCC) to provide feedback for above. LHNCC planning group met following our general meeting, attended by members and external attendees, where this group response was completed for your attention.

There was unanimous support in principle for this application but with the proviso that some concerns are considered. 


  • A general consensus that opening up the waterfront with communal and landscaped areas will be welcomed and enhance the site for the Community
  • Would ensure retention of Ocean Terminal as a public facility offering range of services
  • New entrance and public realm following demolition of Carpark and Debenhams
  • Provision of good retained transport links and addition of the Tram
  • Proposed cycle way/footpath retention and extension along the waterfront area
  • Variety of opportunities in relation to retail market and community amenities for expanding residential provision
  • Retaining and improving transport for range of travel modes
  • The provision of proposed opportunity to accommodate plans for 20 minute neighbourhoods
  • Vehicle access and parking provision that includes car club spaces and electric charging points for cars and bicycles. Pedestrian priority
  • Space for events
  • Sustainability and climate change considerations, including pre-demolition waste audit, addressed

Concerns to be considered

  • Unanimous concerns regarding proposed high rise/high density development, the proposed area and diagram on page 16 is overpowering and reduces the area available for communal space and is predominately hard landscaping with minimal trees and green space
  • This also appears to have tunnel effect at that end of Ocean Drive, blocking out any views to waterfront 
  • Debate about provision of BTR that attracts a rather niche market, needs to facilitate

intergenerational needs (Ref: City Plan 2030). Retail areas on ground floor could include services for community 

eg. Office space, Tourist information centre

  • Diagrams misleading with regard to public space and facilities as majority appears to be private with limited public space  (diagram front page of Exhibition document and p15)
  • Information regarding park accessibility for 20-minute Neighbourhood does not comply with CEC Open Space 2021 Play Place Standards (Ref. Access to Parks)
  • Query regarding provision for bicycle racks ensuring security 
  • The diagram on front page of exhibition document imply there are internal changes across entire site but no information regarding these.
  • Questions regarding bus terminus and turning facility at Northern Traffic Signal junction that is replacing the roundabout. There also appears to be only one bus stop on North side of Ocean Drive.
  • Disappointed that no recognition of heritage of site, particularly the Discovery Garden that will provide added attraction and greenspace for visitors.


Yours sincerely

Jennifer Marlborough




Michelle MacLeod, Centre Manager, Ocean Terminal

Colin Smith, Director/Head of Planning, Turley,co.uk, 7-9 North St.David Street, Edinburgh


Douglas Tharby, Chair, LHNCC


Ref: City Plan 2030 (Proposed Sep. 2021) Policies P46 Edinburgh Waterfront: Place 4

                            Planning permission – proposals for a mix of house types, sizes and affordability,

Access to Parks –  CEC Open Space 2021 Play Space Standards (p28)

The Council’s Open Space Strategy sets out the following requirements to help meet the need for equipped play areas within the existing built up area and to provide for new developments. All houses and flats should have access to at least one of the following:

A play space of

good play value (51 – 70) within 800 metres walking distance

very good play value (71 – 100) within 1200 metres walking distance

excellent play value (101 + ) within 2000 metres direct distance


OT – Western Harbour 2092m

Leith Links – 1609m

Pilrig Park – 1700m

Victoria Park – 1288m

Ocean Terminal proposed development – your input is very welcome!

The exhibition document is online at https://lhncc.files.wordpress.com/2021/10/255b5-oceanterminal_first_public_exhibition.pdf.

The feedback form is online at https://www.development-oceanterminal.com/feedback.

LHNCC encourages residents to comment on this application. It would also welcome residents’ input via LHNCC’s contact form at https://lhncc.org.uk/contact-us.

Edinburgh’s Proposed Designation of a Short-Term Let Control Area Consultation

This week sees the opening of the consultation on a Short-Term Let Control Area for Edinburgh.

In brief, Edinburgh Council recommends that the entire Council area is designated as a Short-Term Let Control Area.

Read more about this important topic here: https://planningedinburgh.com/2021/09/03/edinburghs-proposed-designation-of-a-short-term-let-control-area-consultation/   

LHNCC response to Low Traffic Neighbourhood consultation

LHNCC submitted the following response to the Low Traffic Neighbourhood consultation.

A PDF of this response is here: PDF of submission

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Low Emission Zone: CEC consultation

Edinburgh Council is consulting on a low emission zone: consultation is at https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/low-emission-zone

CEC seek views on the following proposed aspects of the Edinburgh LEZ:

  • city centre zone boundary
  • 2 -year grace period
  • local exemptions and considerations for impacted groups

CEC also seeks to understand knowledge of LEZs and LEZ related support funds and those available for other sustainable transport options. The consultation period is running for 12 weeks, from the 28th June 2021 and closing on 20th September 2021.

Responses, comments or feedback can also be emailed to low.emission.zone@edinburgh.gov.uk,

or posted to: Low Emission Zone, Waverley Court G3, East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG

Depending on the volume of feedback received, it is hoped that a final LEZ scheme can be formally published towards the end of 2021 and agreed by the Council and Scottish Ministers early in 2022 before it is implemented in May 2022.

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods Proposals for Communities – consultation extended

The consultation on the low-traffic neighbourhood proposals has been extended to 11 July.

This consultation is available online at https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/low-traffic-neighbourhoods.

That link also gives access to ‘all project information including proposed concept designs, an online survey and an engagement report for the last stage’, according to Anna McRobbie of AECOM.

Leith low-traffic neighbourhood consultations (CEC’s actual consultation)

Hot on the heels of the last post, CEC is running a consultation as well as AECOM. LHNCC’s web-weaver guesses (but cannot promise) that Edinburgh Council will be more interested in responses to its own consultation.

Follow this link (https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/low-traffic-neighbourhoods/) to access CEC’s Leith LTN consultation.

There are also workshops – register via Eventbrite as follows.

Leith low-traffic neighbourhood consultation

Message from LHNCC’s secretary

The Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) Team (Leith Connections) announced that Leith LTN consultation/survey will go live on the Hub on Friday 4th July.

The Team will be running 2 public meetings for Leith LTN – one in week beginning 14th June and one in week beginning 28th June – details to be confirmed so not included in information leaflets.

I would recommend reading this and completing survey, especially as it only considers a limited area omitting section North of Commercial Street. This means that leaflets that have been distributed may not have included a large section of our CC. 

Link to information and survey: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=162192819351

Edinburgh Council consultations

Edinburgh Council has promoted the following consultations:

Granton Station – New Public Square Naming Closes 8 June 2021

Leith Links Arboretum Closes 18 June 2021

Granton Waterfront – Granton D1 Closes 20 June 2021

Community Payback Consultation 2021 Closes 30 June 2021

Licensing of Sexual Entertainment Venues 2021 Closes 2 July 2021 

For more details, contact
Strategy and Communications
The City of Edinburgh Council

LHNCC April 2021 minutes

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Tuesday 27 April 2021 at 7:00pm

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