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Astley Ainslie redevelopment
PlanningPostMarch 4, 2019, 15:53
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April 4, 2018, 13:36
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The Astley Ainslie hospital is to close with its services transferred to new purpose-built accommodation on the site of the nearby Royal Edinburgh Hospital. The Astley Ainslie site comprises beautiful landscaped parkland much valued by Edinburgh residents. The site lies within the Grange Conservation Area, contains several listed buildings and its trees are the subject of a Tree Preservation Order.


NHS Lothian owns the site and has set up the Astley Ainslie Community Engagement Group (AACEG), comprising representatives from local community councils and the Grange Association, to advise on the consultation process that will inform the production of a Place Brief for the site. This document will be endorsed by the Council’s Planning Committee and will become a material consideration in the assessment of any future planning applications for the site. The Place Brief will specify the constraints and opportunities for development in each area of the site, creating a holistic vision of the final site, even if it is developed in stages under different owners.


Separately, the Astley Ainslie Community Trust (AACT) has been created to pursue the opportunity for community ownership through Community Asset Transfer, part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, 2015.


The two groups, AACEG and AACT, share the objectives of seeking to understand the community’s wish for the future use of the site, in terms of local social, economic and environmental benefit.

The AACEG, however, is not concerned with the future ownership of the site and its further objective is the production of a comprehensive Place Brief endorsed by the Planning Committee prior to any approach to the market by NHS Lothian.

Place Brief

The production of the Place Brief and its endorsement by the Planning Committee is essential to protect the Astley Ainslie site from inappropriate development. If the AACT were to be unsuccessful in its efforts to achieve community ownership, the Place Brief would remain in place to assure development of the site is in line with the community’s priorities, regardless of future ownership.

Public consultations

NHS Lothian is committed to conducting public consultations to inform the Place Brief. However, AACT is well supported and is making faster progress with commissioning public consultation sessions. The first consultation sessions will therefore be those arranged by AACT. All parties – NHS, Council, AACEG, AACT – are committed to working together to share the outputs of consultations and public events to avoid duplication or confusing the public.
The dates and venues for consultations will be set out in posts below.

PlanningPostMarch 4, 2019, 15:55
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April 4, 2018, 13:36
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Astley Ainslie AACT public consultation events – 23 and 31 March 2019

The first consultations will be by AACT in March:

Ideas day - 23rd March, 10am-4pm, Eric Liddell Centre EH10 4DP

Drop in at any time. Share your ideas, hopes, concerns and experiences of the site. During this day we'll gather as much information as we can to build a community vision. Drop in at any time.

There will be a programme of talks and walks - more details can be found on the AACT website or facebook page.
Refreshments available all day.

Vision Day - 31st March, 2pm-4pm, Columcille Centre, Newbattle Terrace EH10 4RT

In just one week, and building on the feedback collected at the first event, a team of facilitators will have created a draft community vision, which will be presented at this meeting.

Come view and discuss the draft community vision created from the community ideas and feedback from the Ideas Day.

WyvernPostMay 30, 2019, 18:42
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February 26, 2013, 23:52
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Further update

Following the community consultation events in March, the Community Trust (AACT) have produced a final report. This was discussed with NHS Lothian, the Council Planners and AA Community Engagement Group on 27th May. The Trust stressed the importance of open green space and buildings with sunny south aspect. Building should be low in order not to obstruct views and constructed around the open spaces. The Trust would keep the listed buildings and others of value and new build would be eco-friendly. Public access to the site would be maintained and vehicles kept to the edges of the site.
The Council Planners were still absorbing the inputs and may require additional consultation but this would be targeted at any items not already covered. Ecological surveys would be made of protected species. The Council is keen the site should meet the needs of the community not just its aspirations. They suggested looking beyond the edges of the site and making the site more part of the surrounding community. They will lead the production of the Place Brief, aiming to put it before the Planning Committee in early October. It was clear that they saw the brief as a high level document giving principles rather than detail. They insist it will be non-statutory, the only statutory policies being those in the Local Development Plan. Because it will lack detail, planning applications would have to be accompanied by a master plan for the site. It remained unclear who would draw up this plan.

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