Allan Park residents rally to block developer’s appeal

Residents of Allan Park Crescent protest about the proposed demolition of a house to create a access road to a new development. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Residents of Allan Park Crescent protest about the proposed demolition of a house to create a access road to a new development. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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RESIDENTS fighting proposals to bulldoze a house on a quiet residential street have issued a fresh “call to arms” after developers lodged an appeal against a decision to reject the scheme.

Bosses at Allan Park Ltd have submitted a bid to the Scottish Government’s directorate for planning and environmental appeals (DPEA) which, if successful, would reverse the unanimous veto by councillors.

I think it will be about keeping people aware that they have a right to articulate their views and that the fight is still on.

Alan Dickson

The proposed project would have seen a bungalow on Allan Park Crescent, Slateford, knocked down and replaced with an access road leading to a planned care home in the area behind Meggetland sports complex.

Developers already have consent to build a 60-bed care home but wanted to reduce this to a 44-bed complex to be constructed alongside 14 new townhouses.

The bungalow would be demolished to provide better access to the site.

However, campaigners argued the demolition and new road would increase traffic, making the area dangerous for children when they are playing.

Now leaders at Allan Park Residents Association have urged locals to send new statements of objection to the Scottish Government as they move to ensure that the developer’s appeal does not succeed.

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Alan Dickson, 66, who lives close to Allan Park Crescent and is a former chair of Craiglockhart Community Council, said: “I’m very pleased with the decision of the council’s development management sub-committee to reject the development.

“The local residents association ran a very vigorous and successful campaign against it, and also managed to unite a large number of people in the Allan Park enclave.

“I’m sure they will continue to do that. It’s interesting there was the support of the local councillors last time, and that of the local MP.

“I don’t think it’s a surprise to residents that the developer has appealed. People were aware that they had won the battle but not the war.”

He added: “I think it will be about keeping people aware that they have a right to articulate their views and that the fight is still on. And I think people will take that call to arms – planning is adversarial when it comes down to it.”

Almost 1700 objections were received ahead of November’s vote on the Allan Park development, with residents packing the public gallery as councillors discussed whether to approve the plans.

However, representatives of the developer have hit back, insisting there was a “strong case” for backing the scheme.

Rick Finc, of Rick Finc Associates, said: “Rick Finc Associates has no further comment to make at this early stage of the appeal process.

“Allan Park Ltd, the appellant, is fully justified in instigating appeal proceedings against the decision of the council and believes there is a strong case in favour of the development.

“We would therefore wait until the DPEA comes to a view on this matter and the reasons for refusal.”

johnpaul.holden@edinburghnews.com