Who We Are and What We Do
Welcome to our website, which was made possible by a grant from City of Edinburgh Council South Local Development Committee. They have secured a number of grants for us since the Association was founded and we are extremely grateful for their support. We are a local community Association, with charitable status, covering the Craigmillar Park Conservation Area and we hope that you will find our website both useful and informative, but above all enjoyable!
Originally the Association was formed in 1997, by Ian McLean, our first Chairman, to try to preserve the Playing Field in East Suffolk Road from development. At that time there was an application to build 58 units on the field, which would have involved the permanent loss of this valuable green space, as well as the demolition of the picturesque Pavilion.
It was a hard fight but with the help of all those who objected we finally won. Historic Scotland eventually listed the Pavilion, as it is in the curtilage of the former Halls of Residence in Newington Campus, now East Suffolk Park, and we are delighted that the Playing Field was designated as Open Space in the 2007 Edinburgh City Local Plan. St Margaret’s School, who used the playing field, closed in 2010 and the buildings were sold in seperate lots and became a Mosque, a Care Home and a Nursery. The Playing Field is still owned by Miller Homes.
In 2015, Miller Homes sought planning consent for the erection of ten semi-detached town houses on the former playing field.
The CPA objected and, after excellent presentations to the Planning sub- Committee of Edinburgh Council by our Planning Advisor and a CPA member (who is a QC experienced in Planning Law), the application was rejected.
Millar appealed and the Reporter appointed by the Scottish Government upheld the appeal on dubious grounds (in our opinion).
Work has been completed on the development and all ten townhouse are occupied and the open space landscaped.
The current Committee Members and Advisors are kept pretty busy. We try to keep an eye on the weekly planning lists and object or make comments if we deem it appropriate. We also look into matters brought to our attention by Members and local residents. We keep in close touch with our MP, MSP and local Councillors. We also take a keen interest in the traffic plans and try to gather views from the local residents on all matters relating to our area. Please see our Constitution below.
Our aim is to preserve and enhance our surroundings for future generations in what is now a larger but more rational and manageable Conservation Area.
The Committee produces one newsletter in the Autumn prior to the Annual General Meeting. News and Updates are published throughout the year on the website which brings you information about what is going on in the area and has a contact link for you to get in touch. There are also links to various departments in the Council, other Associations and bodies that we think might be of interest to residents. We also give details about your local politicians and other services.
Any feedback through our Contact Us page would be most welcome
We are most grateful to Craigmillar Park Church for allowing us to hold our annual general meetings there in October.
To read the Constitution click on the CPA logo