3 Policy Context

  • 3.1The development plan covering the Tollcross area is the Central Edinburgh Local Plan (adopted May 1997) and the Edinburgh and the Lothians Structure Plan 2015 (approved June 2004). Work is underway on the preparation of a new Edinburgh City Local Plan. Once approved, the development brief will be used as supplementary planning guidance and will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications in the West Tollcross area.

  • 3.2In terms of the adopted Local Plan, the area lies within the Mixed Activities Zone, where there is an emphasis on promoting an appropriate mix of activities which contribute to local character and vitality. Acceptable uses may include office, business, retail, leisure and residential, provided proposals are compatible with relevant local plan policies. Earl Grey Street and Home Street lie within Tollcross town centre and are protected shopping frontages.

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