Waterfront Plaza

Cala has recently submitted a planning application for this development. In the accompanying press release, Cala says:-

  • The 425 home development will provide a range of one, two and three bedroom apartments, colonies, studios and townhouses on brownfield land in Leith’s former docklands, opposite Ocean Terminal.
  • Cala has addressed concerns about loss of green space by reducing the planned density and by proposing a prominent area of publicly accessible open space as well as a café building, overlooking Victoria dock.
  • It is clear that there is a demand for a range of high quality properties to include desirable apartments and family homes in the area. This development not only helps address the substantial shortfall in housing that typifies the Edinburgh property market, but it will also provide excellent affordable housing in a project with high quality design appropriate to the waterfront location.
  • The Leith development will further embody CALA’s commitment to developing on brownfield sites in central Edinburgh.
  • Subject to securing planning permission, CALA hope to be in a position to commence development in early 2017.

There will be more information to follow on LHNCC’s website, on Cala’s website and on Edinburgh Council’s planning portal. (Enter the application reference 16/03684/FUL.)

However, Leith Harbour & Newhaven CC members are concerned that the current proposal has serious faults, such as high density of occupants, the height of the proposed buildings, poor design quality, lack of leisure areas for families, segregation of affordable homes and effects on nearby conservation areas. A full list is at the bottom of this post.

LHNCC wants your views!

Please let us know what you think of the proposals, no matter whether you support them, oppose them or simply want to comment on any aspect. Email LHNCC via secretary@lhncc.co.uk

Full list of planning concerns

  • Contravenes current policy for site use
  • High density (425 units)
  • Height of buildings (Up to 6 stories)
  • Design quality
  • No leisure/play area for families
  • Removal of landscaped green space
  • Removal of established trees
  • Segregation of affordable homes
  • Not sympathetic to Conservation Area and listed buildings in Commercial Street
  • Impact on Schools and Health Service provision
  • Traffic and parking
  • Environmental concerns



Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting: ‘Young Leithers’

The next Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting will be at 6.30 pm on 29 August 2016 at the Fort Youth and Community Centre.

The theme is Young Leithers and there will be lots of information about services for young people in the area, so young people are particularly welcome. Also, as the City of Edinburgh Council moves into four Locality Areas, there is an opportunity to meet the newly appointed Housing and Regeneration Manager and Community Safety Manager for the North East Locality. Continue reading

Volunteer Recruitment Fair – 21st September 2016

(adapted from a post on Tower Wharf Residents’ Association‘s website)

Scotland’s leading Volunteer Recruitment Fair is on Wednesday, 21st September 2016!

Volunteer Edinburgh and over 50 voluntary organisations will join together on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 between 11.00am and 7.00pm at St Paul’s and St George’s Church on York Place to host Scotland’s leading Volunteer Recruitment Fair. Continue reading

Community payback orders – your views are wanted

Edinburgh Council’s Criminal Justice Service (CJS) is consulting residents, community groups and organisations about Community Payback Orders (CPOs). These are given out by Courts so offenders can pay for their crimes as an alternative to prison sentences.

You can send in your views by completing CJS’s consultation form. If you provide contact details, CJS can let you know when the Council’s 2015-2016 CPO Report is available. If you would like further information, please contact enquiries.criminaljustice@edinburgh.gov.uk , or telephone 0131 469 3408. Continue reading

Get representing – join your community council!

Black and minority ethnic (BME) residents living in Edinburgh & the Lothians, and current community council members, are invited to

Celebrating Diversity in Community Councils.

Thursday, 11 August 2016, 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Royston Wardieburn Community Centre, 11 Pilton Drive North, Edinburgh EH5 1NF

The key aim of the event is to increase the representation of BME communities in community councils. It is hosted jointly by Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) project and Granton & District Community Council.

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Leith Decides – apply soon!

Applications for £eith decides need to be submitted soon. The 7th £eith decides programme has been brought forward in the financial year.

Among the benefits to making an application are that it can help to promote your organisation and provide networking opportunities, as well as the possibility of getting a community grant. Continue reading