Views sought on regenerating Edinburgh’s coastal communities

Views sought on regenerating Edinburgh’s coastal communities

The City of Edinburgh Council has partnered with community councils to ask residents, businesses and other interested groups how they think Seafield could be transformed and regenerated into a vibrant new 20-minute neighbourhood.

7N Architects has been appointed to create a Place Brief and Masterplan and is working with the City of Edinburgh Council and members of Seafield: Connecting Coastal Communities.

The local community is being invited to attend two events where they can give their views in person. Those attending will be asked what they like best about the area just now, what kind of housing they would like built there in the future and how the existing promenade could be improved.

The six-week consultation is also seeking to get views from the local community on what other facilities they would like in the area such as health centres, schools and shops as well as how public transport could be improved.

There is an online consultation survey for those who are unable to attend the following events -

  • Thursday, 27 April between 3pm - 8pm at The Ripple Project Cafe, 198 Restalrig Road South, Craigentinny.
  • Saturday, 29 April Between 12:30pm - 3:30pm Bellfield (Celebration Foyer) 16B Bellfield Street, Portobello.

Cllr James Dalgleish, planning convener, said: “This part of our precious coast in Edinburgh has been highlighted as an area which can be greatly improved and regenerated in our draft City Plan 2030, currently with Scottish Ministers for approval.

“We’re at an early stage looking at how we can use sustainable 20-minute neighbourhood principles at Seafield, a new way of thinking for us in Edinburgh. We want to make Seafield more sustainable, with improved access to quality services. This is the start of a conversation with the local community to empower them to help us to make this happen. A 20-minute neighbourhood in Edinburgh is about living well locally, giving residents the ability to meet most of their daily needs by walking, cycling, wheeling or taking public transport. Residents will be able to live, shop, work and travel more easily and enjoy well-connected spaces with and improved greener public transport.

“I’d encourage everyone with a link to Seafield to come along and tell us how what kind of homes and other facilities they would like to see built at Seafield for future generations to come. If you can’t make the events please do fill out our short survey as it’s really important we hear from as many people as possible about this important regeneration project for the city.”

The next stage is for the council to share a draft vision for feedback before consulting on a draft masterplan for Seafield this summer. This will then be presented to the council’s Planning Committee for approval.

Seafield: Connecting Coastal Communities is a group made up of the following community councils:

  • Craigentinny and Meadowbank
  • Portobello
  • Leith Links
  • Leith Harbour & Newhaven

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