Welcome to Craigmillar Park Association

The area of the South Edinburgh map below outlined in black is the Craigmillar Park Conservation Area and is the same as that covered by the Craigmillar Park Association. ccamapWith the help of the residents we monitor planning applications and help protect the environment for future generations to enjoy. We support the community in a variety of ways, go to our About Us page for full information. Click on map to view full size.

Planning News January 2017

Application for an extension (16/05990/FUL) at 17 East Suffolk Rd, on the corner with Crawfurd Road. The closing date for comments is January 27th.

Annual General Meeting. 27 October 2016. 

The CPA Annual General Meeting was held in Craigmillar Park Church Hall on 27th October 2016. The meeting was well-attended with over 50 members present.

AGM Report
Eileen Francis, CPA Chair, reported that the major activity in 2015 -16 had been to express opposition to the building proposals for the field at the end of East Suffolk Road. If building was to take place, CPA wished to minimise the number of houses to be built on the site and to attempt to preserve some public amenity. The CPA case had been presented by Alan Dewar and supported by Tony Harris, then Chair of the Grange and Prestonfield Community Council at the City of Edinburgh Council planning committee hearing in November 2015. The Executive committee was grateful to them and to other members of the Association for the time and effort they expended on CPA’s behalf. At the November meeting of the Planning Committee a decision was made in favour of the CPA’s submission, but in January 2016 the decision was overturned on appeal from the developers, with some reservations about the re-location of the pavilion and the creation of a small public park. At the present time CPA was awaiting further clarification of the decisions taken.
CPA continued to be represented at meetings of the Grange and Prestonfield Community Council alongside community councillors and representatives from the Grange Association, the Waverley Association and the Blackett Association. A new community council has been elected with Janet Sidaway as Chair.

Election of CPA Committee members: Hilary Vandore and Christine Simpson were re-elected. Keith Oliver was elected .

Nature Strips Project: The Craigmillar Park Association had recently been consulting with Edinburgh City Council about the care and maintenance of the nature strips in the conservation area. Wilma Elton updated members on developments.ns1
CPA had proposed that if the Council could organise some care and maintenance of the nature strips during the winter months that CPA would try to organise ongoing assistance in 2017. The Council had agreed to remove overhanging vegetation; selectively remove self seeded trees; remove fences as appropriate and remove litter and debris.

The following Resolution was agreed by members attending the AGM:

A CPA sub-committee will be established to coordinate discussions around the maintenance of the nature strips in the conservation area. The remit of the committee will be :
        –  to encourage dialogue between neighbours and the City of Edinburgh Council about the 
maintenance of the nature strips
        –  to support sustainable activities to improve the local environment. 
In response to the recent article by Wilma Low in the CPA newsletter and her presentation at the AGM, several messages of support have been received which will be considered by the committee at its November meeting.

Invited Presentation
Anna Stamp, Head of Capital Projects at the University of Edinburgh spoke on the development of the Kings Building Campus.

You can read our Autumn 2016 Newsletter by clicking HERE

Liberton High School Adult Education Programme 

Click HERE to view the new 2017 programme for Liberton High School.


Reviewing the Management Plan for the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

The Management Plan identifies what is significant about the World Heritage Site, recognises challenges and threats, and sets out policies to preserve and enhance the Site. This new survey gives everyone the chance to let us know how well you think the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh work as a place to live, work and visit. Click HERE to visit website and read the feedback.

Save our Field – Rejected Application Appealed – Reporters Decision.

Appeal PPA-230-2172 into the refusal of consent for 10 Houses on the East Suffolk Road Playing Field

This Appeal site, in the Craigmillar Park Conservation Area, is the former playing field of St. Margaret’s School. Application 14/03632/FUL for 10 semi-detached houses was refused planning consent by CEC, which decision was appealed by the owplaying-fieldner Miller Homes and the Appeal Reporter’s Notice of Intention of 21st April is a “minded to grant planning permission” notification.  The actual Decision was deferred to allow a Section 75 Agreement to be completed, including how the part of the site intended to be used as public open space is to be retained, improved and maintained for that purpose, plus arrangements for the improvement, ownership and maintenance of the Listed pavilion to be relocated on the site.  

The original period for completion of this Agreement expired on 14th July and has now been further extended at the request of CEC and Miller Homes’ representatives until 30th November 2016.   Further information will be posted when it is available.   During 2016 some preliminary work has been carried out on site in connection with geotechnical investigations and the relocation of the Listed Pavilion which was granted planning consent.

Read our Chairman’s Report to look back at the history of the original rejection of the planning application and the CPA’s Reponse to the appeal.

Survey into range expansion of an Allium paradoxum population in Craigmillar Park.

Ealier this year we were asked for help from University of Edinburgh students who were doing a survey of invasive plants in our area. We thank Shona Irvine for sending the report.            Read an abstract of the Report:

Allium paradoxum is an invasive plant originally from Central Asia and introduced into the UK in 1823. Aallium_paradox_var_normale_0477n invasive plant is a plant species that causes problems for an area (economic or otherwise). A. paradoxum. is considered invasive as it outcompetes native plants and forms monocultures in woodlands and near waterways. We investigated whether a specific A. paradoxum monoculture in Craigmillar Park is spreading and any management strategies that could be used to counter this. We mapped the density of an A. paradoxum population and found that the density was lower around its edges and thus it’s spreading. More…

Royal Blind School Building

An update has appeared in Local News from Councillor Cameron Rose that was delivered to houses in the area. ” Many residents will be interested to know what is happening with the former Royal Blind School Building at Craigmillar Park, the building is listed and that the listing includes the boundary walls and gate house. Royal Blind are currently in negotiation with a preferred bidder to complete the sale of the premises. Cameron understands that it is likely to be converted into residential dwellings subject to planning permission. ” Updates on his Blog.

Kings Building Redevelopment

Edinburgh University: King’s Buildings Campus – School of Biological Sciences

Application 16/02873/FUL – Proposed extension and redevelopment of Darwin Building & other works.

This application, which was supported by the community council, was approved on 7th November 2016.   The site covers the southern part of the King’s Buildings Campus bounded to the north by Max Born Crescent. It is not in a conservation area, but is bounded to the west and south by scheduled Open Space and Green Belt and to the east across Mayfield Road by the Craigmillar Park Conservation Area.   This substantial project is the first step in the programme of major investment by the University at this Campus as described in the talk at our last AGM.

 Re-opening the South Suburban Railway for Passenger Traffic

Because of the proximity of the old Newington station this has come up for discussion in recent committee meetings. A debate at the Scottish Parliament was held on Wednesday 3 February 2016 and our advisor and GPCC chairman Tony Harris attended in the public gallery. Here is his report. The Debate was initiated by Jim Eadie MSP (Edinburgh Southern – SNP) READ MORE

Composting by Frances Lindsay

Here is the talk by Frances Linsay given at last years AGM.


Frances Lindsay first got interested in composting about ten years ago after seeing an advert by the Council for volunteers to train as Master Composters. The main purpose of this scheme was to encourage people to compobin20st their kitchen and garden waste instead of filling their dustbins with it. At that time (2004) about one third of an average dustbin’s contents was biodegradable material. So she trained as a Master Composter and to spread the composting message gave talks to community groups, engaged members of the public at events, handed out leaflets and visited householders who requested help with composting problems. Since that time the brown bin garden rubbish collection has been extended across the city and now that the food waste caddy collection has also been introduced, the Edinburgh Master Composter project has ended.  Read the PDF.


Grange/Prestonfield Community Council

The Grange/Prestonfield community council (website) consists of elected local residents who represent the local community (and its views) to the outside (and in particular to the City Council). The relevant City Councillors, MPs and MSPs are ex-officio members of the community council. Further local organization representatives and individuals with a particular interest can be co-opted on to the community council. From now on we are adding their ratified minutes on our website. November ’15 January ’16February 16March 16May 2016June 2016October 2016.



After five years in the making this was adopted at the full City Council meeting on 24th November 2016, replacing the 2010 plan. In 2017 work starts on preparing the next development plan.

Strategic Development Plan (SDP)

This SDP covers the SESplan area from the Borders to part of Fife, including Edinburgh. The members of SESplan are City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council, West Lothian Council, Fife Council and Scottish BordersCouncil.   The SDP sets the strategy for Local Development Plans (see above) and the new plan SESplan2 is to replace in 2018 the 2013 SDP SESplan covering a 20 year period.  The public consultation on SESplan2 ran until November 2016 and representations made are currently being considered.

Reform of the Scottish Planning System

During this year a Panel appointed by the Scottish Government reported and recommendations have been taken forward  by working parties with a view to the production of a White Paper setting out proposed legislative changes.  This will then be the opportunity for people to have their say.

Friends of Newington Cemetery

Grange/Pcemrestonfield Community Council has set up an Interest Group of local volunteers, Friends of Newington Cemetery. Their long term vision is to restore Newington Cemetery to its former glory, by helping to clear overgrown areas and restore gravestones, and by liaising with the community and the families of those buried there. New members are always welcome, both to attend meetings and help at working parties that are held on a Monday between 10am and noon.   Go to their Website for contact information                                  

Craigmillar Park Bowling Club

Situated in our Conservation Area, Craigmillar Park Bowling Club extends a warm welopeningdaycome to new members in all age categories, previous experience of bowling is not necessary. Trained coaches are on hand to provide assistance, and all equipment (shoes, bowls) can be provided by the Club.   For full information go to www.cpbc.org.uk:       Secretary: Frances Lindsay 0131 6676862

0logoOne of the foremost names in Scottish tennis, Waverley Lawn Tennis Club was formed in 1885 on its present secluded, yet accessible site in our Conservation Area. The club is very active and welcomes new members. Their facilities include –

    • 4 artificial grass tennis courts, all floodlit
    • 1 mini-tennis court
  • 2 traditional plaster-walled squash courts, with viewing gallery

Click HERE to view their website for full information about joining and other facilities on offer.

Craigmillar Park Golf Club

the-16th-2If you would like to play a golf course that is close to the centre of Edinburgh yet within the Green belt; with fantastic views down the coast of East Lothian and across the Firth to Fife; where you won’t hear the intrusive sounds of traffic and are likely to spot deer, then look no further than Craigmillar Park Golf Club. Visit our Website for details.


Craigmillar Conservation Area Listed Buildings

Our secretary has put together a comprehensive list of all the important buildings in our area.

MAYFIELmayfield1D ROAD AND WEST MAYFIELD, MAYFIELD SALISBURY CHURCH, INCLUDING CHURCH HALL, GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS (Ref: 27119) – Category B building listed on 14/12/1970. Hippolyte J Blanc, 1876 1879 with later spire 1894 and 20th century extensions. Cruciform-plan, French Gothic church; 4 stage square plan tower with octagonal spire to NE, dominant nave with low side aisles, M gabled transepts, clerestory, polygonal apse and church hall adjoining to S.

Read the full list.


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