Planning chief says housing should not be built at Meadowbank

A senior Council official has told Councillors they should drop plans to build housing on the Meadowbank Stadium site.

Andrew Holmes, Director of City Development at Edinburgh Council, has prepared a report that advises the planning committee to take this decision when it meets on Thursday to finalise the Edinburgh City Local Plan.

His recommendation comes after thouands signed petitions, marched and attended meetings to object to the loss of the popular sporting landmark.

Ben Wilson, principal planner working on the local plan, told campaigers: “This report will be considered at the meeting of the Planning Committee on 4th October. It includes the Council’s recommended initial responses, which the committee is asked to approve. This includes a recommendation that in light of the wider Council’s current position on Meadowbank, reference to housing development on the site should be deleted and the plan should be modified to reflect the position that major sports facilities should be retained at Meadowbank.”

Save Meadowbank spokesman Kevin Connor welcomed the move. “People clearly don’t want the site converted to housing,” he said. “Council planners seem to have listened to this view and we welcome the removal of this item from the Local Plan.”

Local MP Gavin Strang is one of many who have called on the Council to retain the entire site for sporting use. The campaign has also been backed by sport stars past and present including Olympic medalists Chris Hoy and Allan Wells.

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2 Responses to “Planning chief says housing should not be built at Meadowbank”

  1. Hil Says:

    Do we know the outcome of this meeting?

  2. savemeadowbank Says:

    Hi Hil – If you have a time, it’s worth having a look at the planning committee meeting minutes.

    Although HSG11 was removed from the Local Plan, they state that housing would still an, ‘appropriate use’ for the Meadowbank site. They also refer to the Sighthill plan being deleted, ‘at this stage’…

    http://cpol.edinburgh.gov.uk/getdoc_ext.asp?DocId=103094

    We’ve had some success, but there is still work to be done to ensure there is no attempt to rehash the previous Council administration’s plan to sell Meadowbank for housing.

    It’s also worth reading the North Sighthill Development Brief. This is an interesting document which was put before the Planning Committee at the same meeting. There are lots of references to Meadowbank ( 1.1, 2.2, 2.5, 3.3) and also many references to the construction of a Sighthill stadium/sports complex on Sighthill park. The planners are clearly keeping their options open. ” In the meantime, draft development principles for the wider North Sighthill area have been developed on the basis that a sports complex proposal on the public park may come forward.” 1.1

    http://cpol.edinburgh.gov.uk/getdoc_ext.asp?DocId=102458


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