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Caltongate

The Cockburn Association devoted a substantial amount of time to commenting on issues surrounding development proposals for land to the north of the Canongate - 'Caltongate'.

The revised plans for the Caltongate site provided little improvement on the original designs and despite our lengthy engagement and protestations the applications were recently passed by the Development Management Sub-Committee of the City Council with one member remarking that the plans were “not horrendous enough to refuse”.

29 January 2014 Planning permission granted

February 2013 The new owner of of the site, Artisan REI, undertook a reappraisal of the proposals for the south of the masterplan and we were hopeful of positive changes.  In the meantime however they applied to renew the exisiting planning consents which expiredin 2013 and the Association maintained its opposition to the proposals.

Despite our lengthy engagement and protestations the applications were recently passed by the Development Management Sub-Committee of the City Council with one member remarking that the plans were “not horrendous enough to refuse”

In May 2006 the Cockburn Association responded to the The Draft Caltongate Masterplan which outlined proposals for the regeneration of the area North of the Canongate in Edinburgh's Old Town. The Association was of the view that the proposals, which included the partial demolition and facade retention of a C(s) listed building, the demolition of an occupied C(s) listed building in sound condition and the demolition of occupied 1930s tenements in sound condition on the Royal Mile were unacceptable.

The Association produced a graphical commentary illustrating how the area could be sensitively regenerated in keeping with the urban grain and historic plot widths and setting of this key area within the World Heritage Site. Our graphical comments (see links below) were produced by architect Neil Simpson.

On 15 June the Association made a deputation to the City of Edinburgh Council Planning Committee, along with Edinburgh World Heritage and Historic Scotland, to request a more enlightened approach to the character of development in this area and to urge the Planning Committee to recommend substantial changes to the final Masterplan and continue discussion of the alternatives to the demolition of sound buildings of historical value.

The City of Edinburgh Council Planning Committee adopted the Caltongate Masterplan subject to recommendations. In response, the Association produced a further graphical commentary on the recommendations and further comments on heights, massing and roofscape to assist the Council in revising the Masterplan.

On 5 October 2006, the City Council Planning Committee adopted the Caltongate Masterplan despite considerable concerns and objections from the local community and heritage bodies. The Cockburn Association made a deputation to this Committee, voicing again our substantial concerns. The Caltongate Masterplan still stands as supplementary planning guidance in the area.