Update — April 2016
It will now be for the Kilpatrick Property Group to agree the final design with the Co-op, secure all the necessary authorisations and tender the contract. Construction is unlikely to start until early Autumn, and handover to the Co-op for fit-out etc is likely to be some time in the first quarter of 2017. The Co-op are not likely to commence trading before the end of March 2017. In the meantime Kilpatricks have agreed to include representatives of CAA and the Community Council in their key design meeting with the Co-op next June. CAA will of course be carefully monitoring the progress of the development.
Reporter's Decision — January 2016
Frances M McChlery, the Reporter appointed by the Scottish Government, has upheld the appeal by the Kilpatrick Property Group Ltd against the decision by the City of Edinburgh Council to refuse planning permission for their proposed extension to their property at 6-8 Bridge Road, to house a Coop supermarket. The Scottish Government has stated that this decision is final. This effectively marks the end of a long campaign by CAA, the wider Colinton community, and its elected representatives against this development.
Two planning applications have been submitted to the Council for “Bonaly Farm, Torduff Road”. One is for a burial ground, and the other is for a house associated with the burial ground. The two applications concern the field that borders Torduff Road (section parallel to the Bypass) from Bonaly Road, round the corner to just above the first house (section leading towards Torduff Reservoir).
The applications with their associated documents can be seen on the Council website at:
Following some local consultation, the CAA has chosen to object to these applications. The objection letters can be viewed at:
We do not wish to alarm unduly, but the police have reported a spate of targeted house break-ins across the city recently. It is believed that this is being co-ordinated by the same group of criminals. They seem to go for houses that are unlit, with a view to forcing entry, stealing car keys and any easily-snatched valuable items; they then steal the car to make their getaway