What is Barratt East, the owner of the former Royal Mail sorting office site on Brunswick Road up to?
On the one hand, they’ve appealed a council planning committee decision to reject their initial proposal for the site – dubbed “Soviet” by one councillor – and so Scottish Government officials are now deliberating over the old design.
On the other hand, we’ve received notification of a consultation from the same firm for a new planning application for the site. The public consultation for the mysterious new application, simply described as a “residential and commercial development,” will take place in the Nelson Hall, at the MacDonald Road Library between 15.30-19.30 on the 17th of December. Just in time for Christmas.
It would appear that Barratt East are not wasting time waiting for the appeals process to run its course. Instead, it looks as though the firm is going to charge ahead with a “Plan B” proposal in the hope of getting something built more quickly.
In the meantime, you can keep track of the progress of their first proposal at the Scottish Government here.
It remains to be seen whether the standard of design in the “Plan B” proposal will be any better received than their first attempt, or whether the Scottish Government will overturn the democratic decision of the city planning committee and approve the “Soviet,” “Plan A.”
To describe this planning process as convoluted would be an understatement. Thanks therefore go to the Edinburgh “Twitter hive mind,” and local Neighbourhood Partnership staff for helping to make sense of the various proposals.