Edinburgh Council’s controversial decision to demolish the Meadowbank velodrome in advance of a promised consultation has put the entire development in doubt following claims doing so broke planning conditions.
When the Council’s planning sub-committee approved the Meadowbank plan on 29 June it imposed six conditions. They required a masterplan to be agreed “for the entire site” with “all details relevant pertaining to the sports centre site”. Also, a detailed layout of the site had to be approved “before any work on a site which forms part of an identified sub-site development plot is commenced”.
“Only two documents were approved as part of the application,” said Save Meadowbank campaigner Heather Peacock.
“One was for a site perimeter fence. The other was a location plan which covers the entire Meadowbank site, not just a sub-section of it.
“The conditions agreed by the committee specifically require a detailed layout of the site to be approved, including all details for the sports centre, before work can start on any sub-site.
“Demolishing the velodrome and several outbuildings counts as work as does making significant changes to the Stadium grandstand. The sports centre is also a sub-site which means work should not have started on it until a masterplan is agreed.
“By starting work prior to this being done the Council has breached the conditions set for the application. This breach has been referred to the Council’s planning department for enforcement action to be taken. This includes a request that the application be rejected due to breach of planning conditions.
“Edinburgh Council must also stop all work on the site until this mess is cleared up.”
Planning conditions relating to the planning application for the entire site are listed in the following documents which are published on the Edinburgh Council planning portal: