Drum Property Group has appealed to the Scottish Government against Edinburgh Council’s refusal of planning consent to develop student housing, hotel and retail at 106–162 Leith Walk (Refs 18/04332/FUL, 18/04349/CON).
As part of that appeal process (PPA-230-2274, CAC-230-2004), in the last few days a joint submission opposing the proposal has been made by Leith Central, Leith Harbour, Leith Links, and Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Councils.
Planning permission in principle is sought for the demolition of Smithie’s Bar on Eyre Place, and its replacement by a 3-storey housing block with attic and basement (Ref. 19/02460/PPP).
The applicant is Lindsay John McArthur, one of two directors for the public house and bar company L & K McArthur Ltd, registered at 49–51 Eyre Place since 2017.
In February this year, Cornerstone Property Development made an unusual application (unusual to our eyes) to use an existing residential property at 8 Baxter’s Place as short-stay commercial visitor letting ‘by people living together as a family’ (Ref. 19/00932/CLP).
Edinburgh University has abandoned its involvement with Drum Property Group’s controversial proposal to develop student accommodation, a hotel, and shops on and around Stead’s Place.
The news emerged in a series of briefings with local politicians and stakeholders (including the Save Leith Walk Campaign) on Friday.
A University spokesperson today confirmed: ‘The University has kept a close interest in the proposed plan for Stead’s Place and, after giving it careful consideration, has decided not to pursue that interest any further.’
HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF AS FARCE ON EAST SCOTLAND STREET LANE
The latest planning application for the lockup / flat / AirBnB / Class 2 office / lockup on East Scotland Street Lane has been refused (Ref. 18/03340/FUL).
Architects LBA have put forward new plans for a development of six 1-bedroom apartments on a narrow sloping site between 13 Claremont Crescent and Broughton Road (Ref. 19/00451/FUL; Breaking news, 22.8.17).
It falls within the New Town Conservation Area. LBA are acting as agent for an Edinburgh-based individual.
Many thanks to reader Mark Saunders, who has sent us this upbeat vision of future developments.
It was conceived, perhaps, through topaz-coloured spectacles.
Call for Artists
Come all ye artists!
The Golden Turd needs you!
you, who can glorify the work
on this blue January day
who can scale the concrete towers
more impregnable than the Castle
and the cranes towering taller still
like ancient siege equipment.