Unfortunately, on 17th February 2021 the Council’s Development
Management Sub-Committee granted consent by seven votes to four to all
three planning applications which are going to affect the the park so
adversely – 20/03034/FUL, 20/03655/FUL and 20/03661/CON (all still
available for viewing on the City of Edinburgh Council’s planning website).
Planning legislation permits a Council to impose an obligation on
developers, in this case Ediston Orion Capital Managers, to compensate a
community, in this case the park, for the damaging impact construction
of the permitted development may have on the local environment.
£48,373.90 is to be allocated for improvements to the park, such as some
(sadly minimal it seems) compensatory planting of trees and re-surfacing
of paths and £75,055.15 for play park improvements. The Friends will
be pressing for full involvement in all discussions between Parks
officers and the developers.