Objection to Pentland House planning application

At our meeting on Monday 11th September, a large number of residents attended to voice their concern and objection to the Pentland House planning application. The application requests a change of use from office building to student housing.

As a statutory body the Community Council can lodge a response on behalf of the community.

Following our monthly meeting the Community Council took the decision to formally object to the application on behalf of the local community. The objection is noted below.




At a meeting of the Hutchison Chesser Community Council it was decided to submit an objection to the proposed development of Pentland House into 337 student flats for the following reasons: –


  1. At the HCCC meeting on 11 September a number of residents attended who were very concerned about the change in use and its impact in the area.  However, it was also emphasised that many of the local residents are very elderly, without online access, and who found it difficult to get information about the proposal or to submit their views.
  2. Residents fear the impact on residential amenity given the close proximity of a young and short term population with a settled population of families with children and older people: impacts include noise in the neighbourhood, especially late at night.
  3. Residents are concerned about traffic impact and impact on adjacent on-street parking, given that only limited parking is provided on-site
  4. The proposal is contrary to the council’s student guidance (2016) which seeks to ensure that developments of this scale are mixed-use


It is the wish of HCCC that this objection is lodged and is taken into serious account in coming to a recommendation and in the committee deliberations


Yours sincerely


Hutchison Chesser Community Council


First Autumn Meeting: Monday 11 September

The first Community Council meeting of the autumn will be Monday 11 September, at 7.30pm. All very welcome.

Pentland House

We’ve had a lot of feedback from the local community surrounding the Pentland House renovation. We’ve applied to extend the deadline for objections until 14 September to allow us to gather feedback from the community at this meeting. We’re awaiting confirmation that this request has been approved.

We’d encourage as many local residents as possible to attend this meeting.

Change of Venue 

Please note, we’ll be meeting inside St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, and not in the Porta-Kabin in the playground.

Public Consultation – Pentland House Development

There will be a public consultation held on Tuesday 27 June, from 3pm – 7pm, regarding the proposed redevelopment of Pentland House.

Edinburgh Napier University would like to turn the building into student accommodation and landscape the surrounding area. This is the first public consultation before a formal planning application is made.

Agents will be available from 3pm – 7pm with plans and drawings.

Local attendance is encouraged.


Date: Tuesday 27 June 2017

Time: 3pm – 7pm

Venue: Unit 4, Edinburgh West Retail Park (the empty unit), Chesser Avenue.


More information can be found on the council website. 


Location map

Exterior of Pentland House, Robb’s Loan

Question the candidates standing for election – Election Hustings 19 April

Join us on Wednesday 19 April at 7pm in the Church Hall of St Cuthbert’s RC Church (Hutchison Crossway), for an Election Hustings.

All of the candidates standing for election have been invited to attend. This is your opportunity to ask them direct questions.

Election Hustings are open to every resident of Ward 9. We look forward to welcoming you all.

Attempted robbery in Gorgie

Attempted robbery in Gorgie

Published 16:39 by Police Scotland
Police in Edinburgh are appealing for information following an attempted robbery in Westfield Road.

The incident happened about 12:45am on Saturday (28th January). A 44-year-old man was walking home westwards along Westfield Road when he was approached from behind and was knocked to the ground.

The suspect then demanded money from the male and on receiving none he ran off in the direction of Stevenson Road.

The suspect is described as male, white, 20’s – 30’s, 5ft 8ins – 5ft 11ins, thin build, gaunt appearance, short black hair, wearing dark clothing and spoke with a Scottish accent.

Constable Jenna Lawrie of Corstorphine Violence Reduction Unit said: “We’re still conducting enquiries in order to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and are eager to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or recognise the suspect description.

“Anyone who may have seen suspicious behaviour in the area around this time is asked to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Contact Details

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Your Community

Find out more about local policing issues in this area by visiting: Edinburgh, Sighthill/Gorgie, South West – ES

Originally Published: 30 January 2017, 16:39

Why not try and walk a little more in 2017?

Did you know, a generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half. 

Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, want to reverse this decline.

Hutchison and Chesser is a great area for walking; to school, to our various shops and amenities, or on the Canal and Water of Leith paths. There are lots of benefits:

  • look after your heart
  • reduce the impact of diabetes
  • improve your cardiovascular fitness
  • help joint mobility
  • and improve mental health

This year, why not build a little more everyday walking into your routine?

Find out more about the campaign on Twitter, using the hashtags below, or visit the Living Streets Website 



Community Planning for People & Planet: Help set the environmental priorities for Edinburgh

Transition Edinburgh, Nourish and the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership invite you to Wester Hailes Education Centre on Wednesday 15 February to discuss: “Community Planning for People & Planet: Help set the environmental priorities for four Edinburgh Locality Improvement Plans 2017-22.”

Topics discussed on the night will include:

  • Local Economic Resilience and Jobs
  • Food and Growing Local
  • Energy & Climate Change
  • Transport and Air Pollution
  • Open Spaces and Green Spaces.

Event Details:

Time: 6–8pm

Date: Wednesday 15 February

Venue: Wester Hailes Education Centre, 5 Murrayburn Drive, Edinburgh EH14 2SU

Register: EventBrite Transition Edinburgh


5.30pm Registration / refreshments / meet people
6.00pm Welcome with first keynote contributions
6.20pm Paired discussion about the issues raised
6.30pm More short contributions leading to questions
6.45pm Space for exploring topics / refreshments
7.00pm Table conversations leading to ideas for action
7.45pm Coming together to share the ideas generated
8.00pm Close


Additional Information

Local and citywide community groups and projects seeking to make improvements to our local environment are invited. Week-long exhibitions will be held at the same venue. They will open opportunity for contributors to input on local environmental priorities in next 5-10 years – all in the context of the emerging 2050 Edinburgh City Vision.

Issues from these events will be passed to project teams for each Locality Improvement Plan – due out by October 2017.

More information about the four Edinburgh Localities and Locality working can be found at www.edinburghcompact.org.uk/localities/ or email korstiaan.allan@edinburgh.gov.uk for a briefing.

Register to attend the event at Eventbrite 

or via email korstiaan.allan@edinburgh.gov.uk

Useful links:




P7 Green Team plant bulbs and clear litter from Hutchison Crossway

On Tuesday 1 November, the P7s from St Cuthberts RC Primary School were out on Hutchison Crossway planting lots of Daffodil bulbs and picking up litter.

The P7s spent the morning on the Crossway, turning over the grass, planting bulbs and patching the grass back down again. They then worked along this end of the cycleway clearing the litter that has been dropped or blown into bushes.

The sun shone all morning and the Crossway looks very tidy as a result. A huge thanks to the P7s, the school staff, the Green Team and local Park Ranger Scott for organising the morning and taking part.

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