October Planning Report 2022

We have objected to STLs in our area if they have shared entrances and on shared stairs.

These are;

  1. 221 Webser’s Land
  2. 27 Castle Terrace
  3. 1F1, 14 Upper Grove Place
  4. Flat 2, 6 Castle Terrace
  5. Flat 1, 35 Gilmore Place
  6. Flat 11, 1B Grassmarket

1 and 5 have been refused and the others are pending.

There are many applications for STLs in the areas around us; Merchiston, Dalry, Old Town, West End, Marchmont and Southside The Council seems to be regularly refusing applications on stairs.

The Council is drawing up new guidelines for STL applications but they are not yet in force. They make clear that applications on stairs are unlikely to be supported. All the current refusals are based on current rules and these refusals could well be appealed on the old rules.

Other Applications

  1. 32 Gilmore Place. The whole house to be used for STLs.
  2. A hotel Café and Office building at 20 Haymarket Yards.
  3. Akvar is applying to have crazy golf on 1st floor and continue with food and drink. This may not need permission as it already has approval for Class 11, Leisure.


  1. To turn Tynecastle School into a large Student Residence. This has been refused but I expect an appeal to the Scottish Government.
  2. Application for a dessert parlour at 129-131 Lothian Road. We objected to this on the grounds of being in an area of overprovision but it has now been approved.
  3. The application for a take-away with 3 flats above on the site of the old toilets in West Tollcross has been refused. We had objected to this.