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 March

17/00773/FUL. 4 East Suffolk Road.
Part conversion of pre school nursery to studio flat and formation of car park space. Comments by 31 March.

Save our Field Latest News – Planning Consent.

Planning Consent 14/03632/FUL for 10 semi-detached Houses on the East Suffolk Road Playing Field

 This planning consent was issued on 25th January 2017, following the signing by the owner Miller Homes and CEC of the Section 75 Agreement stipulated by the Appeal Reporter prior to formally allowing Appeal PPA-230-2172 into the refusal of planning consent by CEC. This was preceded on 1st December 2015 by planning consent 14/03633/LBC for the relocation elsewhere on the site of the Listed Pavilion.   The whole site is a former school playing field within the Craigmillar Park Conservation Area and is designated in the Local Development Plan as Open Space.  About 45% of the site is to be dedicated by the owner as public park.

The Appeal Reporter’s Notice of Intention of 21st April 2016 stipulated what the Section 75 Agreement should cover, including the retention, improvement and maintenance of that part of the site intended to be used as public park, together with arrangements for the improvement, ownership and maintenance of the Listed Pavilion to be relocated on the public park part of the site. The actual Section 75 Agreement takes this little further, merely repeating what the Reporter stated, with the proviso that the public park works must be completed before the last of the 10 houses is completed.   Furthermore from then on until an alternative arrangement is approved by CEC the owner must maintain the public park and pavilion and ensure public access to them.  CEC has not given any undertaking to operate and maintain these facilities.

These matters, the operation and maintenance of the pavilion and the public park area, are therefore likely to return in the future and there could then be a role for the Community Council and other local organisations, such as CPA, if then willing to be involved.  Local residents’ interests will need to be protected and the situation therefore needs to be kept under review.

Currently preliminary work is underway including accessing the site and enabling works connected with relocating the Pavilion, including in January 2017 submission of an updated conservation and move strategy consequent on detailed investigations into the fabric of the Pavilion

“Places, people and planning” – A consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system

On 10th January the Scottish Government published this consultation paper setting out key components of a new Planning Bill to be brought forward in year 2 of the present Parliamentary Session.   The proposed changes to the planning system are derived from the Review Panel Report published last year and the subsequent working parties established to consider various aspects of the planning system and possible reforms.   The consultation runs until 4th April 2017.   In the meantime the Participation Statement. which sets out how to get involved in the consultation, is available at https://beta.gov.scot/publications/planning-review-participation-statement and the consultation paper is at https://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00512753.pdf.

At the Civic Forum on 7th March these proposed changes will be discussed and the outcome of this meeting might provide a basis for any response.

Nature Strips Project

Following the AGM the CPA committee appointed Wilma Elton as coordinator of the Nature Strips project. In November 2016 the CPA commissioned a Nature Strip Biodiversity Report from Sarah Sigsworth to guide  volunteers interested in contributing to the conservation of the nature strips. We thank Sarah for the excellent report received in January 2017. To read in full CLICK HERE.

In summary Sarah recommended that:

In the short term the aim should be to reduce the dominance of laurel and to improve native species diversity and gradation of vegetation from ground flora through to the shrub layer and tree canopy.

In the longer  term the aim should be to plan for the regeneration of tree species through planting of (or maintenance of existing) saplings to replace mature trees when they reach the end of their life span.

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.

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

CALA Homes is now in negotiation to buy the Royal Blind School Site. They have a proposal for 56 residential dwellings including 16 apartments in the listed building. Once a planning application has been lodged they anticipate a twelve month process, including a twelve week Public Consultation Period, to procure Detailed Planning Consent.

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.The public is welcome to attend meetings.  November ’15 January ’16February 16March 16May 2016June 2016October 2016. – November 2016. – February 2017

The Community Council is a member of the Cockburn Association (For everyone who loves Edinburgh) Here is a link to their latest NEWSLETTER.


Proposed Edinburgh Local Development Plan (LDP2) – Latest News

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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