At last, some nice weather to appreciate all the new growth. Tete a tete narcissi planted by children from Stockbridge Primary in November are looking great.


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RBS Development – Alert

The RBS has submitted an amended application for Planning Permission in Principle for a mixed use development on Dundas Street, Fettes Row and Royal Crescent.

Included is a proposal to build four x four storey blocks of flats in Royal Crescent on the south boundary of the park and construct four x five storey blocks to the south west of the park in Fettes Row.   These features of the application have the potential to change the nature of a very special  park irrevocably. SO  PLEASE  DO COMMENT.

Deadline for commentsMonday 15th January 2018   

To view the application go to www.edinburgh.gov.uk/planningcomments 

and key into the Search box 16/05454/PPP.

The most helpful documents to look at are:

1.  Environmental Statement Addendum Vol 1, main text, chapters Built Heritage and Socio-Economics (Dec 2017)

2.  Design and Access Statements  2 and 5 ( Dec 2017)

3. Environmental Addendum Vol 2 Part 3 Photoviewpoints 6, 7 and 8 (Dec 2017)

4. Historic Environment Scotland ElA response (Dec 2017)


1.  Height of proposed built development.  Previous application December 2016 was for four x eight storey buildings on the south boundary of the park (Royal Crescent).  The amended application proposes four x four storey buildings.  Instead of four x six storey buildings to the south west (Fettes Row) the current proposal is four x five storey buildings.  Furthermore, the already consented four storey building to the west of the park rises to five storeys at the junction with its proposed east-west wing.

An amendment to the previous application was suggested by Historic Environment Scotland (the Government’s influential advisory body on heritage matters) of four x two storey buildings to the south and four x four storey buildings to the south west (ie. in this case no higher than the existing building). The Friends of the Park welcomed this suggestion.

Of course, this is a better planning application, but is it the best?   Does it sufficiently negate the damaging impact of buildings on the edge of the park?   We urge all park users to think about it and, please, let the Council know their views.

2.  Density of proposed development.  This remains at 400 housing units, bringing a potential 765 new residents into the area immediately bordering the park.  The park is already only half the size recommended by the Council’s Open Space Strategy.   Could  this place undue pressure on a limited and precious green resource?  Again – do, please,  let the Council know what you think.

Park users who responded to the previous version of this application should know that the  comments they made then will still stand and will be taken into account.  No need to repeat them if they are unchanged, but it might be wise to refer to them.

There was a big response to the application in its previous form.  Help us create a similar response this time round.  We need the best possible outcome for the park.

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Join us for more gardening

Please join us for more gardening.  The next two sessions are on 2nd July and 30th July – both at 3pm.

All tools and gloves supplied.  Meet in the park.

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Join us for a wee bit of gardening this Sunday (11 June) at 3pm

Please join us on Sunday afternoon for another short go at gardening.    Since we met last month a group of volunteers from Aecom have done some great work on edges to the paths and in the playground.  The rain has freshened up the plantings a bit and softened up the ground.  We can do a little weeding to keep it all under control.

Also it will be interesting to hear your ideas on what we could improve in the park.

We have tools, so just bring yourselves at 3pm on Sunday 11th June.  We look forward to seeing you them.

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Thanks for your help


Thanks to all the people who joined us on 
KGV - 2Sunday to clear litter and help with a bit of gardening.    As well as a bit of weeding we started on sorting the path edges.  All were agreed that it’s great to see those beautiful setts again.



Our park ranger is working with a corporate volunteer group later this month.

We hope to be back for more in June.  Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us.



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Join us on Sunday 7 May for a tidy up and gardening

Twice a year we meet for a hour to pick up some litter in the park.  Please join us if you can on Sunday at 3pm for our spring tidy up.  We are tidying up with the usual litter picking equipment from the council.

We’re also starting a gardening group and this time will tidy up the beds near Logan Street.  We’re hoping this could be a monthly activity, so please join us or email if you are interested.

Tools, gloves, litter pickers, tea and biscuits provided.

Hope to see you on Sunday.

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The spring bulbs are blooming well already including the ones planted outside The Yard by children from Heriot Hill Nursery.



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RBS Planning Application – Ref: 16/05454/PPP

The long awaited planning application for outline consent for development of the RBS owned site bordering the park  to the south, south-west and west, has at last been submitted.  If the proposals receive consent they will have a devastatingly destructive impact on the park’s leafy and unspoilt peace and seclusion, providing as it currently does a precious place of respite from this busy, densely built up part of the city..  The photomontages below, taken from the supporting documents which accompany the application, indicate what could lie ahead. They make for sobering viewing.

16_05454_ppp-22-resident_access-3462446We do urge all lovers of the park to take time to look at the plans and comment. The more of us who do this the greater the impact of our message.


Go to www.edinburgh.gov.uk/planningcomments and follow the instructions.

Do ensure that you quote the reference number 16/05454/PPP.

Don’t be too daunted by the number of supporting documents.  Some of the most relevant to the park are:

  •     Residents’ Access (for overall layout of the site, paths and vehicular access)
  •     Planning Statement Part 1 – paras 2.6, 8.63, 8.64, 8.65 and 8.89
  •     Environmental Statements 4,5 and 7 (for photomontages and overshadowing)
  •     Tree Retention
  •      Non Technical Environmental Statement

NB:  It is important to stress that the park does enjoy a measure of protection and that this protection is called into play. The park is included in “New Town Gardens” – A Historic Gardens/Designed Landscapes Inventory site where Edinburgh City Local Plan Policy ENV 7 is applicable to wit: “ Development will not be permitted which would have a detrimental impact on the character of a site recorded in the Inventory …upon important views, from and within the site or upon component features which contribute to its value”.  In the supporting document Planning Statement Part 1 para 8. 89 the developers refute this -”for the purposes of ELCP Policy Env 7 … we do not believe that the proposals would …. have a detrimental impact on the character of [this] Historic Garden and Designed Landscape”  We strongly take issue with this.

There is much detail to consider and as a guide to our likely formal response to the planning application we hope within the next few days to post a draft of it here on the website.  Please keep an eye open for it.  We will also email it to members.

Join in a public discussion of the application at the next meeting of the New Town and Broughton Community Council on 12th December at 7.30 pm in the undercroft of Broughton St Mary’s Church (access by ramp beside the church)

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Are you interested in helping?

We have organised two clean ups per year, usually in the spring and autumn and we will continue to do so.  These usually prove popular and we will continue to organise them.

We have often been asked if we organise any gardening days where local residents help out, so we had a think how we can best help.    We are working with the Park rangers to ensure that any efforts we offer will complement what the council do for us.

If you are interested in helping then please let us know at: gardening@kgvsy.org.uk

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RSPB Bioblitz on 3 August

King George V Park - 3rd AugustWe’re pleased to let you know that the RSPB have chosen our wee park to do a Bioblitz on 3 August.  It’s fun and free.  see you there.   More details


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