116 Colinton Road (former Alfa Romeo Car Showroom) - 16/04062/FUL

10/06/2018 - The Court of Session appears to have supported the appeal against DPEA's previous Appeal decision made on 3rd January 2018. Whilst no official notification was yet received, DPEA appointed of a new Reporter, Allison Coard MA, MPhil, MRTPI, by issuance of their letter 8th June 2018.

05/03/18 - It appears that the Citation for Appeal will not be contested by either the DPEA or CEC in which case the current Appeal Decision will be set aside and the Appeal process will likely recommence with a new Reporter appointed. This latter opinion is based on email sent by DPEA (dated 9 February 2018) and CEC Planning Appeals (dated 28 February 2018).

19/02/18 - Legal papers issuing a Form of Citation in Appeal to the Court of Session appealing against the Appeal Decision by the Reporter on 3rd January 2018.  It contains 11 pages of legal argument, a list of the 60 local residents similarly notified 
and the 70-80 pages contained in the Reporters Decision and CEC Development Management Subcommittee documentation 2 August 2017.

03/01/18 - the appeal from the developer to construct 37 units has been rejected so the community's efforts to stop the development from proceeding in its proposed form have been successful. The only right of appeal is stated to be on a point of law at the Court of Session. What happens next with this (vacant) property remains to be seen. Report with full info - long report but paragraph 35 provides summary.

14/09/17 - The Applicant intends submitting an Appeal iro this Planning Application which was refused on 02/08/17 (see below). This is very disappointing as we have had our day in court; won and now are pretty powerless as we have little or no involvement and are in the hands of the DPEA (Directorate for Planning and Environment Agency). They control the process and can call for a site inspection (and on occasion a Hearing), that we can attend.The decision lies with the DPEA rather than CEC. However, the Reporter from the DPEA will have access to all the objections from the original application and reviews the Planning Application based on the evidence presented. We are still conferring within our committee as to whether there are any other options or actions that can assist our case.

02/08/17 - The City of Edinburgh Council Development Sub-committee met today in a Hearing that took around two hours. This resulted in the Planning Application being rejected by 6 votes to 4. With the 37 flats being stopped we have the problem of one empty site and where do we go from here. There may be an appeal or even a resubmission with amendments (minor or otherwise) or ..........? This is not in our hands and not good news to the local traders at Happy Valley, so its a bit of a mixed blessing to local residents / owners - an empty plot of land is in nobody's interests. This matter can be regarded as a small win but where we go from here, remains to be seen.
A video recording of the Hearing is available here. It is interesting but quite long so select "Watch"  for section 6.2 - 116 Colinton Rd. The City Council Planner speaks first, our Objection is around 33 minutes into the recording then after about 120 minutes until around 154 minutes the Councillors make their comments and direct the arguments. The decision and vote is near the end.‚Äč

14/06/17 - At today's Development Sub-committee meeting the Planning Application was discussed and proposed by CEC Planning dept to recommend. After a lengthy discussion, it was agreed that the matter would be put to a Hearing (latest information is that the Hearing is expected to be on 02/08 so the matter could be resolved quite soon). 
The community's wishes and representations from Councillor Corbett and from ourselves were major contributory factors. There was also discussion about community objections and the lack of affordable housing in the development that inevitably contributed to the need for a Hearing.
Paul Mowat and John Corbett (both from CCC) attended as visitors in the viewing gallery.

31/05/17 - A site inspection of the Alfa Romeo garage for 37 flats will take place on 5 June at 9:45am.

19/04/17 - Following the requests by Clr Corbett for a Hearing and by Clr Burns for a Site Visit, there was no discussion today at the CEC Development Management Sub Committee on the merits of the Planning Application or the Recommendation. It was decided to continue this Planning Application and that it would be decided by the New Authority at a future date. (We take this to mean after the local elections in May)

10/04/17
- Development Management Sub-Committee recommended the approval of this application. Councillor Gavin Corbett has requested a hearing, which should be heard on 19th April iro of the following points : 
1.The scale of objections (69 in a very specific local site) suggest a degree of neighbour disquiet and public interest in the development which would be best-served by having the decision made by way of a hearing.
2.The scale, height and density of the development is out of keeping with the immediate context which is predominantly single or two storey dwellings.
3.The impact on the neighbouring properties and the amenity of the residents has not been fully taken into account in relation to light, overshadowing and privacy.   
4.The traffic impacts have been insufficiently weighed up, with something like a 40% increase in traffic volumes on the access road.
The meeting on 19th April is at the City Chambers. There is a public gallery should anyone wish to attend. 

Oct 2016 - Public Meeting on 17/10 to discuss new application. Almost everyone against proposal as it stands. We have submitted an objection to CEC reflecting views expressed  

Sept 2016 - new application received to build 38 flats - four more than previous application. Comments required by 21/10/16 

Aug 2016 - application withdrawn - it is likely that another may be submitted at a future date 

Mar 2016 - 58 residents submitted their views about this via the Planning Portal - a good response.

Feb 2016 - application submitted and comments required by 14/03/2016.