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Old March 29th, 2018, 02:45 PM   #1
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Powderhall Redevelopment

Looks like CEC are proposing something good with the former stable building at Powderhall.

http://www.broughtonspurtle.org.uk/n...mes-powderhall

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CREATIVE SPACE AND NEW HOMES IN THE OFFING

The Council is considering the creation of a ‘workspaces and community space’ in the B-listed former stables and offices at 165 Broughton Road.

Artists’ studios and micro-enterprise offices could be leased out upstairs with flexible function space and other uses available on the ground floor. Attic and lower-ground-floor areas could be dedicated to ‘higher-value uses’.

Officials estimate that the complex could support between 21 and 56 equivalent full-time jobs.

The news emerged in a Report (Item 7.5) to the Housing and Economy Committee on 22 March.

Cost of repairs

CEC has earmarked £500k towards restoring and refurbishing the stables (from the City Strategic Investment Fund) provided enough grant funding can be found elsewhere to meet the estimated full cost of £1.5million.

Some of the money would go towards addressing extensive repairs to the roof, stonework, ceilings, doors and windows.

Demand and interest

Demand for such creative spaces is already high in Edinburgh, and likely to become more so now that St Margaret’s House on London Road has been sold for redevelopment.

CEC estimates that the cost of its investment could be recouped over 10 years through rents, or through a Community Asset Transfer (CAT).

Officials have already been in talks with city organisations likely to be interested in this approval, including Out of the Blue. Cllr Claire Miller (Ward 11) welcomed the possibility of a CAT, and called for consultation with community groups to be widened at the earliest possible opportunity.

Cllr Gordon Munro (Ward 13) sought and received an assurance that officials would fully investigate CEC retaining control and management of the facilities.

Going forward

A final decision on the allocation will be made by the Full Council at some future date, but provisional approval of the Report at this stage allows grant applications to begin over the next couple of months.

Officials will return to the Committee with a progress report after the summer.

New housing for Powderhall

If the upgrade goes ahead, it would form a hub for the CEC Development and Regeneration Team’s masterplan for the area.

DRT proposes 450 new homes on the site of the old Powderhall Waste Transfer Station.

These plans are still at an early stage, but include provision of a new nursery school, public realm and ‘community growing areas’.

Collective Architecture is currently working on the proposals, and an application for outline planning permission in principle is expected later this year.

Looking at the wider scheme of things, and how we build and sustain communities, it is a matter for profound regret that CEC crippled future expansion of Broughton Primary School in 2014 by selling off the adjacent 154 McDonald Road at a bargain-basement price of £361k (see Issue 252, p.2).
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Old June 28th, 2018, 10:13 AM   #2
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Extract from Broughton Spurtle's article on the first Powderhall consultation event:

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Officials are working with Collective Architecture and Urban Pioneers to consider how the site can be used, major driving forces being the urgent need for affordable housing in Edinburgh and the forthcoming expansion of early-years educational provision nationally.

Aims and objectives

In the masterplan’s own words, it sets out to:

• Deliver a City-wide flagship project that puts Powderhall ‘back on the map’
• Ensure that Powderhall and its community are at the heart of the masterplan and its development
• Undertake a collaborative, design led approach with co-creation and stakeholder working at the centre of the design process
• Create an exceptional place that is rooted in its historic and riverside context
• Develop a vibrant new neighbourhood combining elements such as residential, educational, community and commercial use in a holistic and sustainable way
• Deliver an exemplar energy strategy that optimises natural resources and site context
• Create a positive relationship with the Water of Leith and the surrounding parks and street.

The numbers and scale are yet to be finalised, but for now a roughly equal split between social, affordable and market rental properties is envisaged. All housing would remain rented in perpetuity, with the Council continuing to own and manage it. This is not a disposal of public assets to the private sector.

The aim is to create a mixed and stable community of long-term tenants.

At least two of the former bowling and putting greens are provisionally earmarked for a nursery, including outdoor space. Education and Housing Departments aim to avoid ‘silo thinking’ and are considering building sheltered intergenerational housing (for older people) above the nursery, with a meeting space shared between the community and residents.

The variable levels on the site lend it to a mixture of tenement and colony-style properties.

Careful demolition/decontamination of the old compactor and associated buildings will not be complete until 2020.

The former stables-block is not suitable for conversion to housing, and will more probably be converted to artist studios and micro-enterprise offices, with some form of associated meeting and performance space outside.
CEC's consultation site - Proposal to redevelop at the former Powderhall Waste Transfer Station.
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Old June 29th, 2018, 10:51 PM   #3
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What?! No student housing blocks at Powderhall?! (Shock, horror!!)
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Powderhall Redevelopment

Latest exhibition boards from CEC's consultation hub - Proposal to redevelop at the former Powderhall Waste Transfer Station. Online survey here.

















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Old July 22nd, 2018, 02:20 PM   #5
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I like the idea of the cycle path to Meadowbank.



I'm sure Network Rail have long term plans to reinstate the Abbeyhill loop. I think I'm right in saying there would be enough space to have the cycle path built alongside the former Powderhall branch line, once the tracks have been lifted.
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Old August 21st, 2018, 01:24 PM   #6
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’Public Review and Workshop’, Community events - 28th and 29th August 2018;

28th August between 2-6pm at McDonald Road Library (Nelson Hall) & 29th August 2018 between 4 - 7 pm at Drummond High School

Collective Architecture will illustrate previous 'Tell us about Powderhall' consultation summaries. We will use physical model to explore building forms and uses for public discussion. Public comments will be recorded and fed back to the design and client team.



‘Next Steps’, September 2018 – Venue to be confirmed

Presentation of proposed vision (using model and images) at public event to review and discuss.
More info here.
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Old October 26th, 2018, 10:16 AM   #7
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Powderhall next steps

Broughton Spurtle - 25th October 2018

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The latest drop-in consultation took place on Wednesday evening to discuss the development potential of the Powderhall site on Broughton Road.

The aim was to summarise the results of two previous rounds of consultation (describing broad trends of local aspiration and singling out a few ‘inspirational’ thoughts), and to outline next steps.

The information boards displayed at yesterday's event are promised to appear here later today. There is widespread local support for retaining as much green space as possible (despite which, two of the bowling greens seem likely to be built over), ‘intergenerational living’, active travel links, accessibility to and from nearby parks, careful control of traffic volumes.

The overall project divides into two parts.

Stables

First, the B-listed, red sandstone former stables are earmarked for refurbishment and conversion to a mixture of gallery, meeting space, kitchen, café, artist studios, micro-office spaces, and boardroom.

This would be paid for using a £500k Council reserve, a £1.1M donation from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RGCF), and £400k from a combination of pots held by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Green Economy Fund, and Historic Environment Scotland.

The RCGF application is currently at Stage 2, and if finally approved in January 2019 would almost certainly allow this element of the Powderhall project to proceed. Without it, there would be some serious head scratching and a strong possibility that the building would be sold off.

New housing

The residential component (300–450 units have been mooted) is led by the Council’s house-building programme, called 21st Century Homes. Its focus is on homes ‘for social and mid-market rent’, although some properties could be sold in the private market to help pay for the whole.

The programme promises affordable, low-cost, and energy-efficient homes at Powderhall as part of a mixed-use development which could include new nursery provision and accommodation for older people.

The next stage in the process is to produce a Place Brief collating all previous consultations and potential uses. This would generate broad development principles informing a Planning Brief for presentation to committee in December 2018.

Depending on the response to that, there would be another public consultation in the New Year followed by a planning application, possibly as early as spring 2019.

What next?

The consultations and explanations for this project have been exemplary so far in terms of frequency, approachability, and clarity. Sceptics point out, however, that the real decisions will be made later by a Planning Department subject to budgetary pressures like every other.

Those with something to say still have time to make a contribution: email [email protected]
Current proposals for the stables - most recent exhibition boards available here

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Powderhall Place Brief (pdf) available among the reports to this week's Planning Committee.



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The Council intends to submit a PAN in 2019 for a housing led mixed use development on the footprint of the former waste transfer station (Area 1). This will be followed up by a detailed planning application no earlier than 12 weeks after the PAN submission.

It is anticipated that separate applications for planning permission and listed building consent will be submitted by the Council for the stable block (Area 3) early in 2019. The potential uses are workspaces, event space and community uses and is subject to funding availability.

The Council intends to submit a separate planning application for the site of the former bowling greens (Area 2) in early 2019. Potential uses include a nursery for Broughton Primary School and the wider area, housing for the elderly, affordable family and useable green space.
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Old December 10th, 2018, 11:15 AM   #9
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Would be nice to see a Primary School in Edinburgh that actually has grass fields to play on! - why not gift them the failed bowling green area ?
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Nearly all gone





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Old February 1st, 2019, 02:31 PM   #11
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Anyone have an insight as to whether the train spur will deffo be a bike path, and if so, how long we will have to wait for it ? Is it something only likely when construction of anything on this site kicks off, or hopefully separate and can get done before?
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Looking at some old maps, I see that this facility was once known ominously as the:

Powderhall Destructor

https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side...&right=BingHyb
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Sounds Eclectic.Better than the usual guff like Powderhall Manor or Meadows!.
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Surely it will be re-named Powderhall Gait? Or is that last century’s fad?!
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Further consultations are due to take place regarding the use of the former bowling greens. The next consultation event is due to take place on the 7th March 2019 between 5-7pm at Broughton Primary School.
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They should just gift it to the school across the road. heaven knows there's so few primary schools in particular with grass fields for a kick aboot. just tarmac quads!
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