S1 Developments have submitted two planning applications for the redevelopment of the Old Tynecastle High School into student accommodation. The first is an application for the new building (21/04469/FUL) and the other (21/04468/LBC) is to demolish/modify the existing Category B listed building.
There will be 545 student beds on the site with a community space operated by “People Know How” and an “Urban Farm” garden operated by “LOVE Gorgie Farm”. The existing site is in poor condition and borders the North British Distillery, Hearts’ Tynecastle Stadium, and the Western Approach Road. The original 1910-11 part of the B listed school building will be restored, with the school hall repurposed as a “central amenity hub” but the original brick Workshops (to the northern and western edges) will be completely demolished, along with the Janitor’s House and early extension, later Gym and the Dining Hall & Kitchen, Games Hall and modern classroom extensions.
There will be no car parking spaces provided, with bike storage provided. There is no analysis on predicting whether students will bring cars into the area provided, although it is council policy for developments like this to be “car free”.
The student population of the local area (within the GDCC Boundary) using the 2011 census and all proposed student accommodation would be 3,320 according to the developer. This accounts for 20% (or more) of the population. The Community Council has previously raised objection to the validity of this census data, which is a decade old and requested that the developer include areas outwith the GDCC boundary which include other student accommodations within a 1 or 2 mile radius. This request has not been fulfilled. Over the past 10 years, there has been significant expansion in student accommodation provision in the local area alongside other changes. As such, this data likely does not represent the situation accurately.
Sumary sheet from S1 Developments can be downloaded below:
Planning Consultation Information
More information can be found on the planning application documents, and on S1’s website.
- 21/04463/FUL for the new buildings and 21/04468/LBC for the change to the existing listed building.
- Public Comments are due by 1st October via the planning portal links above. (You can/should respond to both.)
We urge everyone to fill out our consultation survey which will inform the community councils statory response to these application and also to submit your own comments via the planning portal as doing so will ensure your personal comments are taken into consideration by the Planning Officer.
GDCC Consultation Survey
Please fill in our consultation survey below and share this page with family and friends. Rember to submit your own personal comment to the council’s planning portal.
If the embeded survey does not work please use this URL: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdOsurKtde2mnPoomxt37ZCvR6sUAHmZxhtqNuyCcDk29v6qQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Historic Meetings and Previous PAN Application
We have discussed the proposals at a number of meetings now:
- Discussed alongside a presentation from the developers (for their previous PAN application) Minutes of the July meeting can be found here.
- Minutes of our August meeting can be found here.
- We also discussed this application in our September meeting. See agenda here.
The developer is Tynecastle Teague which is a subsidiary of S1 developments.
Information regarding the public consultation ran (by them) on the 18th May and GDCC’s response, see our post here