LAST DAY TO OBJECT: TODAY FRI 4th July – email by midnight

A very short 2 minute video.

How to Object

Email: Emma.Wilson@edinburgh.gov.uk and say you object in your own words. It can be as long or as short as you like.

Example really simple objection:

“I object to 12/04007/SCH3. It is against planning policy. ” [add your name and address]

There is more information on material planning objections and example objection on this this link:

http://friendsofcraighouse.com/2014/06/25/please-help-save-this-beautiful-site-object-now-deadline-4th-july/

By putting voices together we can make a difference.

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Enabling Development #fail: Undervalued sales prices – even larger profit for Craighouse Partnership

ONLY TIL FRI MIDNIGHT TO GO:  A QUICK HOW TO OBJECT: Object to Excessive “Scheme 3″  (Ref No: 12/04007/SCH3) and include your name and address. Include at least one material planning objection and anything else you want to say. For more on How to Object and an example paragraph click here: http://friendsofcraighouse.com/how-to-object/

When questioned about the so-called enabling development case at the public meeting hosted by the Morningside Community Council  – William Gray Muir from the Craighouse Partnership repeated that the figures were the Council’s figures, not the Craighouse Partnership’s. The figures, he said, had been fully audited by the Council and an independent third party.  The sales were all the Council’s figures,  people were told. The Craighouse Partnership’s sales prices, he said, would have been even lower.
However, the story was somewhat different at a further presentation given at the Craiglockhart Community Council meeting. When challenged on the figures by members of the public, William Gray Muir admitted that the Council have not fully audited the Scheme 3 figures yet.

So which is it? We would like to get a bit of clarity on this – as on many things to do with Craighouse and the so-called “enabling case”.

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Buzzardtastic – Why our City Wildlife Sites like Craighouse are so Important (until 4th July to Object)

Buzzard over New Craigdetail

Buzzard gliding over New Craig detail sent in by local birdwatcher

ONLY TIL FRI MIDNIGHT TO GO:  A QUICK HOW TO OBJECT: Object to Excessive “Scheme 3″  (Ref No: 12/04007/SCH3) and include your name and address. Include at least one material planning objection and anything else you want to say. For more on How to Object and an example paragraph click here: http://friendsofcraighouse.com/how-to-object/

As you will know from the Council’s attempt to remove large areas of Craighouse from the Local Biodiversity Site designation, the Council’s wildlife data Buzzard over New Craig2kept on Craighouse is extremely poor.

TWIC (the Wildlife Information Centre) holds all the information for the Council. But this information is then sold to developers. But not available to members of the public. This leaves local people in a quandary about whether or not to submit their data to these organisations.

TWIC holds a birdlist for the entire Easter Craiglockhart Hill site. It has one bird on it. The magpie.

Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus web

A baby long-tailed tit photographed at Craighouse by Fiona Mackay

Anyone on the site today can instantly see this isn’t true. Two pairs of buzzards are circling the site today – one pair is wheeling over Bevan. The other pair are wheeling over the site proposed for the new “Burton” block. Last year, there was a very noisy baby who crashed all about the site for all to see. This year it seems we have two pairs – and locals have said to me they think that a pair have moved from the Royal Edinburgh Site which, of course, is being developed.

In addition to these large raptors – not mentioned on TWIC’s birdlists – sparrowhawks are also residents and have been seen mobbing the buzzards watched by local residents. Peregrine falcons have also been sighted this year.  There are kestrels that are sighted on the LNR and also on the orchard. I have frequently seen a kestrel on the central group of apple trees and there is often kestrels hovering on the LNR.

Baccha elongata

Baccha elongata Wildlife needs the small fauna and flora to be established in order to maintain a strong eco-system. Mature woodland cannot be mitigated against by simply planting saplings. It is the established nature of woods and their eco-systems that is so valuable.

Information about the marked protected breeding sites is held by Hawkwatch, part of Scottish Natural Heritage. This is secret to the general public but not to the Council and would have been made available to the developers too. So why did TWIC not ask SNH and Hawkwatch for their wildlife data when they gave the data on the site to the Council that was to be used for the Local Biodiversity Site boundary? Why did the Council not obtain the data held by SNH, Hawkwatch, Lothian Badger Group etc when they decided to try to redesignate large chunks of the Craighouse site to remove areas from the Local Biodiversity Site designation (and protection)? Many of these areas appear to be under carparking in the Craighouse Partnership Scheme 3. If they had, they could never have produced that famous birdlist of one – the magpie.

The Scheme 3 development will have a negative impact on the wildlife of Craighouse – with the homes of protected species being destroyed, disrupted and feeding grounds lost to excessive development and carparking. The Environmental Assessment undertaken by the developer is incomplete with surveys left incomplete.

Apart from all of this, however, is a far more simple issue. Craighouse is a Local Nature Conservation Site because of the wildlife, the mosaic of habitats (described as “exceptional” for a city environment by the Conservation Area Appraisal) but also because of the accessibility and ability of local people to see and enjoy that wildlife.

One person at a Morningside Community Council meeting a few months ago described the magic of seeing a deer’s footprints in the snow. People have told us about the birds, the mammals, the goldcrests, the woodpeckers, the owls, the long-tailed tits, the birds of prey, the deer- and yes, the badgers they have seen on the site. There are the magnificent buzzards and the excitement of perhaps catching sight of a peregrine – but there are also the smaller pleasures of meeting a toad, as the children on the litter pick did the other day – or the three gorgeous baby owls that caused so much excitement for so many locals this year. There are woodpeckers all round the site (I have heard and seen them year on year) and there has been an exciting sighting of what is thought to be a Holly Blue (extremely rare in Scotland) – on the area due to be destroyed by the enormous building, Burton. Another frequent visitor – a bee expert -reported a sighting of black bees to us.

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Cuckoo Flower in Craighouse meadow

There is a wonderful resource of people around this special sight willing and able to work with the Council to collect data on the wildlife in order to protect and enhance that wildlife.

All around the site, the local area has been built on over the years. All the areas around Craighouse are now developed – many in quite recent years – removing the places wildlife previously could be seen and enjoyed. Other green sites rich in wildlife are also being developed with the Royal Edinburgh Hospital seeing wildlife coming off the site and traveling to Craighouse (such as the second pair of buzzards). The question to be asked is – how do we protect our wildlife? And how do we protect such a very special wildlife space in the city for the people of Edinburgh to enjoy?

Mitigation is known to be a dodgy territory. The idea that the loss of large sections of mature woodland can be mitigated against by planting lots of saplings (that appear mainly designed to hide the new buildings) simply does not work. You cannot replace the biodiversity value of mature woodland. Not for several generations. We are talking about entire eco-systems here from the insects to the fungi – all of which are established over time and which feed and support other species. The presence of lots of birds of prey -such as at Craighouse – shows that there is a strong eco-system here going all the way up the food-chain.

Craighouse is protected as a Local Nature Conservation Site and an Area of Great Landscape Value. All the trees on the site are protected with the equivalent of Tree Protection Orders on them. But what does any of this mean if developers can destroy the protected sites of protected species, take down 90 mature protected trees, destroy feeding areas of protected species and cut off the access our wild creatures have from the woodland into the open space (used for feeding) on what is supposed to be a site protected in terms of Nature and Wildlife?

What does it mean for the city’s other protected sites? Hermitage? Blackford Hill? Corstorphine Hill? Midmar Paddock?

Under the Friends of Craighouse Alternative Plan, which is based on the development of the listed buildings without the need for excessive newbuild – large areas of woodland would not need to be destroyed for excessive newbuild and parking. The grounds will be managed in such a way that it can remain a haven for wildlife, for generations now and in the future to watch and discover.

Developing the listed buildings will cause far less disruption to the site. Under the Craighouse Partnership plans ,  there will be more newbuild than all the listed building put together – mainly in large apartment or housing blocks. These take out sites of protected species and have the associated major disruption and mess of these 6 newbuild development sites and their associated infrastructure (unnecessary if the listed buildings were developed alone or with a very limited amount of newbuild). This is luxury housing, therefore nothing to do with housing need. The site will be severely disrupted and in a mess until at least 2020. That is a lot of years missed by local people and local children who could be out enjoying this superb place.

Under the Alternative Forward Plan, the listed buildings will be developed with a plan that is based on getting the profit out of the listed buildings – not excessive newbuild. They will be developed as smaller separate projects, whilst the land will be safe-guarded for the community. This means the site will not be cut off or become inaccessible for many years with far less disruption to both the site itself, the wildlife who live there – and people’s lives – those who regularly walk on and use this wonderful site.

It can remain a haven for wildlife short and long term and a haven for the people who want to enjoy this very beautiful place – keeping it accessible, with benches restored and the spectacular views remaining open and protected as they are supposed to be – not destroyed by inappropriate buildings and the forestation of the open parkland – a part of the Craighouse Partnership’s poor attempt at mitigation which shows no understanding of the nature or history of this particular landscape.

Please do all you can to tell people what is happening so they can object to ugly plans that show no proper understanding of the nature or the landscape of this special place. Craighouse could have a very bright future – but we have to fight to enable that to happen.

Please spread the word. Objections by midnight on Fri 4th July – for more and an example paragraph click here: http://friendsofcraighouse.com/how-to-object/

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Last few days to save Craighouse – 4th July deadline (this Friday)

QUICK HOW TO OBJECT: Object to Excessive “Scheme 3″  (Ref No: 12/04007/SCH3) and include your name and address. Include at least one material planning objection and anything else you want to say. For more on How to Object and an example paragraph click here: http://friendsofcraighouse.com/how-to-object/

The alternative

Document 1 - thumbnailThere is an alternative that saves the buildings and the grounds! Read about it here

A group of local businesspeople are forming a community organization to put together a plan to buy out the site. These kinds of projects are incredibly successful and surprisingly easy to fund. Look at some other communities and groups that have saved buildings.

The financial case

Yet again, the financial case for the development at Craighouse is nonsensical, even though we pointed out these mistakes last time:

  • One of the buildings, South Craig, is listed as larger on the inside than outside! (Strictly speaking, its Net Internal Area is listed as higher than its Gross Internal Area).
  • The buildings are simultaneously presented as financially not viable and yet at the same time worth £4.7m if broken up and sold individually for a “low-key use”, using special rules designed for historic barns. This is presented with no supporting evidence.
  • Flats and houses in A-listed buildings, with views across Edinburgh, in 50 acres of woodland are said to be worth less, per square foot, than the average flat in EH10 and 20% less per square foot than buildings across the road.
  • The cost of building car-parks, a massive set of underground tanks to prevent further flooding down the hill, as well as new pipes, electricity and gas supplies for 172,000 square foot of new-build is quoted as being exactly the same cost as improving water capacity and car-parking to listed buildings that already have water, electricity, gas and car-parking.
  • The claims about the figures being “checked” and “audited” keep changing. If the figures are checked, where is the report backing that up and why so many huge mistakes?
  • The figures show that all buildings are very profitable, apart from New Craig (the large listed building) which is still profitable, but not massively so. So it is only New Craig that needs “saving” (if any buildings need saving). Yet the phasing leaves the completion of the conversion of New Craig until last in the project, along with the second largest listed building, Queens Craig. The planning system has no power to enforce the “saving” of buildings using profits from the new-build, so there is no good reason to believe this project saves the largest listed buildings anyway.

The Proposals

The developer shows very few images of their buildings that make any sense (check them carefully and you’ll see they’re not the same as in the plans). So we have carefully and painstakingly modelled ourselves from the plans.

‘Burton’

Probably the most obvious is the largest proposed building, Burton, which will be very visible from the entrance to the site as well as the orchard.

Burton viewed from inside the entrance to the site

Burton viewed from inside the entrance to the site

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Please Help Save this Beautiful Site – Object Now (Deadline 4th July)

CRAIGHOUSE DEVELOPMENT – Please Help Us Save this Special Site by  Objecting to Excessive “Scheme 3″  (Ref No: 12/04007/SCH3)

Thanks so much for all your support so far. It’s really important to object again even if you have already objected to the previous schemes so that we can achieve a positive future for this site. Please do it today – don’t forget. The Council have said this application will go to a decision this time – we hope so.

The Craighouse Partnership’s (Mountgrange, Napier University and Sundial Properties) excessive and ugly plans provoked the largest number of objections ever seen by Edinburgh planning department for a single application. Thousands wrote in to object to excessive newbuild against policy on this protected site – one of only 8 Areas of Great Landscape Value in the whole Edinburgh area (others include: Arthur’s Seat, Silverknowes Sands, Botanics and the Hermitage of Braid).

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IMPORTANT: HOW TO OBJECT

Quote:  Planning Ref No: 12/04007/SCH3

You can object using one of the following methods:

  • Email the planner in charge: emma.wilson@edinburgh.gov.uk
  • Write to: Head of Planning, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street  
    EH8 8BG
  • Use the Edinburgh Planning Portal online at: https://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov.uk
    Find  Simple Search  put in the application number: 12/04007/SCH3 and it will come up. Click on log in and follow instructions and write your comments. We recommend also sending your objection to councilors, so email is probably easier.

Remember: put the planning reference no: 12/04007/SCH3 address: Napier Campus  Craighouse  as well as your name, address and the date.

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Scheme 3: The latest proposals

We have been through the latest proposals for Craighouse, “Scheme 3″ it is called, in quite a lot of detail and can now bring you a summary and some images.

How does Scheme 3 differ to Scheme 2? Remember, schemes 1 and 2 received more objections than any in Edinburgh planning history. Scheme 2 received so many objections that the planners have been unable to count them fully. But yet again, we still have more new-build than old.

  • There is just one of the massive blocks of flats removed from the scheme 2 plans.
  • There are still 6 remaining development sites with the new-build still totaling more square footage than the existing listed buildings.
  • They have removed most of the underground car-parking.
  • As a result of less underground car-parking, there are now 12 surface car-parks.
  • They still plan to finish and sell off the massive buildings nearer the entrance to the site, before going on to the larger listed buildings deeper inside the site.
  • The roads have been narrowed, letting them say they’re using less green space, but making it very hard for large vehicles to move about the site. Anything larger than a car will have to do some complicated turning manouvres in the car-parks.
  • Their own roads audit questions the safety of the narrow roads on steep hills, with some visibility problems and children playing on the site.
  • They show how a rubbish lorry can just about squeeze through the new narrow roads, but how would construction vehicles finish off the project after they’ve sold the flats at the entrance to the site?
  • Yet again, they have produced very few images that really show what their buildings will look like. The images they have produced are from strange angles, obscured by trees, and at least one doesn’t totally match the plans. And they confuse east/west at least once. So, it’s still really hard to work out. But we’ve done a *lot* of work to produce some images based on their plans.
  • They still plan to do 3 of the new-build blocks, including the 2 biggest (Clouston and Burton) before they are required to touch any of the listed buildings.
  • The whole thing is still justified by figures that they claim (as they have been claiming for years) have been checked by the council. Yet, they still have one building larger on the inside than the outside, despite us pointing this out to them on scheme 2. (Strictly speaking, it’s a higher Net Internal Area than Gross Internal Area, which is almost, but not quite, the same as saying a building is like the tardis!). Their figures have changed from scheme 2, but in strange ways. One listed building has grown, another has shrunk. All in the “checked” figures. And the listed buildings are still valued at below-average for EH10 and well below nearby properties. We’ll bring you more on the figures soon.

Here are the images we have produced for this development. They provide some terrible and inaccurate pictures themselves (even their own consultants have got confused between all the different schemes!) They have also produced a very rough model out of wooden blocks, but it’s so blocky it’s hard to get any idea of what the buildings would look like.

To object to this massive development, follow the instructions here.

Here is our image giving a summary of all the proposed buildings:

Summary image

This is the building they call “Clouston”. It’s proposed to go at the top of the hill overshadowing South Craig:

Clouston narrow angle

Clouston aerial view

Here is “West Craig”, a block of 4-storey houses overshadowing Queens Craig and built into the woodland. We’ve also included the car-park in front of Queens Craig (there’s another one behind and some at the side, too):

Queens Craig and West Craig

Queens Craig, its proposed car-park, and West Craig

Here is the big proposed building at the entrance of the site. It’s hard for us to show you how big this building is. So that you can see it, we’ve missed out its long car-park in front.

Burton from east

Burton

This is North Craig, the building proposed to go where the boiler houses are right now. So, this would be in front of New Craig overlooking Meadowspot. You would see it in front of what are currently spectacular views of New Craig from the North.

North Craig

North Craig

Next, we have the houses proposed for Craiglea Place. Last time, these looked very different and were very high. Now, they’re lower, but go further forwards and further back than the buildings currently there, so they’re still out of scale with the rest of the houses in that street.

Craiglea

Craiglea Place proposed houses

And this is Kings Craig, to go in woodland behind New Craig and Bevan. It’s very similar to West Craig, but longer. Kings Craig from west high up tb Don’t be confused into thinking there’s only 1 of these buildings, there are 2: Kings Craig and West Craig. Both are in the woodland.

 

 

 

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Quick update on Craighouse “Scheme 3″

The Craighouse Partnership have submitted some new plans for Craighouse. The files are still being uploaded to the planning “portal”, here. There are very few pictures of the new scheme, so it’s hard to see what the buildings at the 6 proposed development sites and 12 car-parks would actually look like.

As you may know if you have been following the campaign, we have been working on an alternative plan for the site. This is going extremely well, with a lot of very useful people keen to get involved, including potential funders. So this is becoming very exciting. You can read what we wrote about this last year, here. We are still putting together detailed plans to present publicly, but expect to see these soon.

In the meantime, you can read what someone who knows a lot about planning and transport has to say about the new scheme here, along with a very detailed objection.

If you want to hear what the developers’ supporters have to say, here is an article by local journalist John McLellan supporting the development and criticizing the campaign in the Evening News. The article is called “Progress Versus Envy”.

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Scheme Three Submitted

Scheme 3 has now been submitted and the documents are being uploaded by the planning department to the planning portal. There are several hundred documents, so it takes a bit of time – and we do not know if all the documents have been uploaded yet and are waiting for confirmation when they are. The wrong deadlines have unfortunately been put about, so we are trying to find out the correct deadlines and will update you with the correct dates just as soon as the planning department clarifies them.

In the meantime, we are are looking through the hundreds of documents so please excuse our radio silence – and we will post just as soon as we can.

Many thanks for your patience!

 

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Craighouse architects, Oberlanders, still struggling to produce suitable plans for the site

It seems the right time to question the whole approach of the current team of consultants putting together the Craighouse applications. The current approach is clearly not working. The financial case put forward by Mountgrange and their consultants claims that a total of over £9.6m in various professional fees needs to be paid to all these advisors to make the site viable. So we will be questioning whether the work of these consultants justifies this massive financial reward.

A view of the Craighouse site as it is today

Surely it is the dream job of any architect to design for a site like this? How could Oberlanders get it so wrong?

 

Almost everyone we have spoken to who has looked through even just a tiny part of the hundreds of documents making up the Craighouse planning application is shocked to discover how inaccurate and inconsistent the information provided is. There are obvious mistakes all over it. The more carefully you look, the more you find. This post is only about the mistakes in the pictures provided by the architects (Oberlanders) showing their own designs. Somehow, Oberlanders manage to provide pictures of the wrong buildings, even though they designed them!

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Wildlife at Craighouse and some of the Smaller Stars of the Site

Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus web

This beautiful photo of a juvenile long-tailed tit was taken at Craighouse and sent to us by Fiona Mackay whose owns the copyright for all the photos reproduced here. We’d like to thank her for sending these superb pictures to us.

You may remember that the Council have been trying to quietly drop large areas of the Craighouse site from the Local Biodiverstiy Site designation in their proposed New Local Plan.

Craighouse is a very special place for wildlife.

Not only is it a unique combination of habitats – exceptional in the city environment (and that’s not just me that says that but the Conservation Area Appraisal) but it is a place that people can easily see wildlife – from the oldest to the littlest of us. The open parkland is a particularly easy place to see kestrels, for example. A baby buzzard was seen by many last year as it crashed and squawked its way all over the site – demanding food off its long-suffering parents.  Fieldfares and Redwings can be seen on the orchard, as can bats – owls and woodpeckers heard and seen on the parkland and in the woods and we recently received a list from a birdwatcher that included the peregrine falcon!

Key also to the Biodiversity Site Designation, that the Council have been trying to remove from large areas of the site,  is the accessibility and interaction with the community. The orchard/parkland is an area that all – young or old – can enjoy and see nature. This summer was a blizzard of bumble bees and other insects. There are goldcrests and long-tailed tits, mistle and song thrushes, and deer and rabbit and fox along with protected species.

The Council are trying to maintain that only the actual roosts or dens of animals should be covered by biodiversity designation. Basically we are going to see our nature sites divided up like checkerboards with tiny areas covered and others uncovered for development. This goes against everything that LBSs are supposed to be – they are supposed to be areas of a certain size, they are supposed to be areas that communites can interact with and enjoy, they are supposed to make sense.

Mirid or Capsid bugs Grypocoris stysi small

Mirid or Capsid bugs Grypocoris stysi

Since researching the LBS, I’ve been shocked how many of the birds and animals common 20 years ago when I was a teenager are now rare or threatened – kestrels, sparrows, swifts being just some. If the authorities’ attitude to biodiversity is as we are experiencing at Craighouse – we are looking at a depressing situation. Planning appears to be so skewed towards development as an end in itself, that they are failing to assess, to protect, to enforce policy and protection or to defend our most precious sites.

Pentatoma rufipes small

Pentatoma rufipes

We were told the removal of the LBS from large areas of the site was a “desk exercise” based on maps. But neither the map they sent us from 2006 (I know!) or the recent audit map backs them up. The Council have still have not explained how or why they have classified so many areas as “amenity grass” in contradiction to these maps. The latter map, for example, classifies nearly all the areas they are trying to remove as “Parkland with Scattered Trees” – a completely different classification with completely different scoring under the Council’s new methodology. (The whole of the orchard/parkland is categorised as “Parkland with Scattered Trees”.)

So why have the Council decided to call areas amenity grass without any assessment? (Remember that famous birdlist for the entire site consisting of one bird – the magpie?)

Why have they changed the methodology without consultation? And why they have failed to apply the new methodology they quote correctly?

We were told the site could only be protected if it has a special fungus (umm, the audit says it does.)

We were told the amenity grass was to be removed (yet they have removed areas not classified as amenity grass on older and more recent maps).

Local Biodiversity Sites are defined under Scottish Planning Policy and Craighouse would seem to epitomise the kind of site envisaged – not just good for wildlife but with a strong interaction and relation to the local community as well.

A thrush in full song (both Song and Mistle Thrushes are found on the site)

This issue is something that local people care a lot about and affects the animals and green spaces across our city. Craighouse is no ordinary green space (and don’t get me wrong – I am someone who cares about the city’s green spaces). It is a place you can see rabbits, foxes, deer, buzzards, kestrels, sparrowhawks, woodpeckers, blizzards of tiny creatures, frogs and toads, common and soprano pipestrelle bats, badgers and owls.

It is an utterly magical place. But planning appears to be happy to sacrifice that for an offshore speculative fund that has already lost the city millions upon millions of pounds.

We would like to see our local Councillors (and those who care about the city as a whole) pursue this issue properly. We should add that local Councillor Gavin Corbett has made concerted efforts to get some answers on this.  However, it remains the case that officials cannot show how they arrived at this decision, cannot point to the maps that justify it. Instead, people have been simply been sent convoluted letters about policy documents that they have failed to ratify, failed to consult on, and – as we’ve seen above – failed to follow!

Craighouse needs more than to be considered just as an exploitable piece real estate in a desirable area. It offers something magical that few other sites have. It is a beautiful unspoiled place where young and old can see all those animals. They don’t have to be experts or mountain-climbers to see wonderful things – the parkland is easily accessible – even to the very top of the hill is easy to climb and the wildlife is all around the site, right under your nose. I’ve seen more wildlife at Craighouse than anywhere I’ve lived (and I used to live in the country as a teen.)

Comma Butterfly larva Polygonia c-album

Comma Butterfly larva Polygonia

This – it seems – is lost on some planners and on people who should know a lot better.

Antler Moth Cerapteryx graminis

Antler Moth Cerapteryx graminis

Bombus terrestris

Bombus terrestris

We’ve been sent some absolutely stunning photos of wildlife at Craighouse – all taken on the site, so I thought I would put some up here. These are gorgeous photos taken by Fiona Mackay – a photographer with a string of impressive letters behind her name including ARPS and AFIAP (Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and Artiste de la Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique).

These beautiful and sometimes overlooked residents of Craighouse have graced the walls of many international photographic exhibitions and the pages of many prestigious wildlife publications. They are all on the site – waiting to be discovered by the next generation who grow up with and love the site.*

Xylaria hypoxylonsmall

Xylaria hypoxylon

The biodiversity steering group and the Council cannot justify themselves.

Come on, Edinburgh. We can do better than this. We HAVE to do better than this for our beautiful natural spaces.

The Proposed Local Development Plan received a large number of submissions on this issue – and yet still nothing has been done to correct it.

However, the plan is not passed….Yet.

The Proposed Local Development Plan will be open to consultation again soon due to being knocked back by the Scottish Government. We will be alerting you when that consultation is open, so that you can write in about this issue again before the consultation deadline to make sure that the Council  and our elected representatives know we are not going to just forget about this and we are not going to accept large areas of Craighouse being removed from the Local Biodiversity Site designation in this arbitrary and unjustified fashion.

We’ll keep you posted.

*This is just some of the wonderful photos we’ve been sent including some glorious spider photos including a Wolf Spider. I’ve not included that here in case anyone has a fear of spiders. But they are absolutely terrific!
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