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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