Archive for the Planning Category

Development Public Events – 2 locations

The developer (Rick Finc Associates) for the site between the M8 and Freelands Road, on the east side of Baird Road has arranged public exhibitions at Ratho Community Centre on Tuesday 21st  June – 2.30pm to 7.30pm and Monday 27th June – 4pm to 8pm.

A poster of the location can be viewed here


The developer agents for Stewart Milne (land between East Croft and Ratho Park Golf Course) have confirmed that they will hold two public consultation events in Ratho Parish Church Hall, Baird Road, Ratho, EH28 8RA on Tuesday 21st June – 3pm – 7.30pm and Wednesday 22nd June – 4pm – 8pm.



Local Development Plan

The proposed LDP is now due to be considered by the Planning Committee of the City of Edinburgh Council at its next meeting on 14th May 2015.   It should therefore be available to download from the Council website 6 days before that.

Recent Commercial Planning Applications


Three planning applications relating to commercial premises in Ratho Station/Newbridge have recently been lodged with the City of Edinburgh Council.  Concerns have already been raised about these and the Community Council has asked to be consulted.   The applications in question are:

Temporary permission (5 years) for change of use from vacant land to 24 hour secure airport parking.

3 Queen Anne Drive Newbridge EH28 8LH

Ref. No: 14/02929/FUL


Application for the permanent use of the land for airport parking and associated office.08/01312/FUL

1C Old Liston Road Newbridge EH28 8SJ

Ref. No: 14/02894/FUL


Change of use from Class 6 building (storage and distribution) to waste recycling centre (sui generis).

Newbridge Industrial Estate 6 Cliftonhall Industrial Estate Newbridge EH28 8PJ

Ref. No: 14/02622/FUL


If you wish to make a representation on any or all of these you can do so direct to the Planning Service and/or email by Tuesday 19th August for your comments to be incorporated in our submissions.

For information on making representations on planning matters see the link to our page on Material Considerations.

Bus stops near Freelands Way

As part of the legal agreement giving planning permission to Cala for house building at the Moorings the developers were required to install 2 bus stops with appropriate shelters and road markings, on Baird Road for the Moorings.    The Community Council has been asked to comment on the location of these bus stops.

The City of Edinburgh Council prefers bus stops to be opposite each other, whilst maintaining road safety for all road users.   It is proposed that the stop entering the village could be at the stopped-off Freelands Road, where the bus has traditionally stopped on request, in any case.  However, it has been difficult to find a suitable, safe position for the stop for passengers going in the direction of Ratho Station, bearing in mind that the stop can only be sited on Council-owned land or roadways.

One proposal has been that it could be sited on the War Memorial triangle.  The Community Council would like to find out your views on this proposal.  Would a simple bus stop without a shelter be acceptable, can you suggest a safe alternative, or is there no need for an additional bus stop?  

Please bear in mind that under the legal agreement this funding can only be applied to the specified item, and not used for any other useful purpose.

You can view a plan of the area here

Please send your ideas to by Monday 23rd June 201.  Many thanks


Planning Application 13/05165/FUL – Ratho Park Road – UPDATE

The City of Edinburgh Council Development Management Subcommittee has confirmed the planning officer’s recommendation to refuse the Stewart Milne application for 85 houses at Ratho Park Road.  Stewart Milne may now seek to appeal against this decision and if they do a Scottish Office Reporter would be appointed to review the decision.


This Planning Application is to be considered at the City of Edinburgh Council’s Development Management Sub-Committee on 9th April 2014.  It is recommended that this application be Refused.  You can view the application on the Council’s Planning Portal.   Reports are available 3 working days before the Committee Date.

Once the application has been determined we will be notified of the Council’s decision.


Cala Planning Application for the Glebe


At a meeting on 26th March, local Councillor Dominic Heslop, a member of the Planning Committee, moved for refusal on the grounds of loss of prime agricultural land.   He was seconded by Councillor Dixon on the basis that the proposal is out of character with the area.

The vote was 8-4 AGAINST the application, which is therefore refused.

Planning Application – The Glebe 13/03878/FUL

Please note that the final day for submitting your views on this application is next Friday, 28 February.

If you do make a representation, your Community Council would be grateful if you could copy it to .

If your representation is an objection, it must contain the word ‘object’ or ‘objection’ otherwise it will be classed as ‘neutral’ or even ‘support’.

Planning Application – The Glebe 13/03878/FUL

Following representations made by the Community Council concerning the accuracy and completeness of the report to the Development Management sub-committee, and the failure of the Planning Department to consult us on revised proposals, this item was pulled from the agenda until the issues raised have been investigated.


Edinburgh Garden District – Proposal of Application Notice 13/04911/PAN

Murray Estates etc have submitted a Proposal of Application Notice in respect of this large development which will eventually extend from the City Bypass to Gogar Muir Bridge.

There will be several exhibitions including one in Ratho Community Centre on Friday 17 January 2014 from 4pm – 8pm. At this stage you should respond direct to the developer with any comments you have, by 28th January, though the Community Council would appreciate a copy of your comments in order that we can reflect the views of residents.

Proposed Development – Edinburgh Garden District 13/04911/PAN

A Proposal of Application Notice (Reference number 13/04911) has been lodged by Murray Estates and others in relation to a proposal for a residential development and other facilities on land 1000metres north west, south west and west of the Hermiston Junction on the M8.   As well as a significant number of houses, proposals include a horticultural visitor and education centre (the Calyx), new schools, community facilities, local retail facilities, conference centre, hotel, a sports stadium/arena, sporting facilities, construction training centre, sustainable energy centre, green network, transport links, canal related uses and infrastructure.

There will be a number of public exhibitions as well as some unmanned displays in libraries.    These will be advertised in the Edinburgh Evening News and Metro on Tuesday 7th January.   The Community Council is also seeking an additional event in our area.    Posters will be displayed publicising the exhibitions on public noticeboards around the application site, including shopping centres, shops, community centres/schools, GP surgeries, libraries and other places.

Comments should be made direct to the developers at that stage though the Community Council would appreciate a copy of these if possible, in order that we can reflect the views of residents in our response.