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Edinburgh Academical stadium plan set for approval

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July 24 2013

Edinburgh Academical stadium plan set for approval
Planning officials at Edinburgh City Council are poised to grant approval to a new £8m stadium for Edinburgh Academical, Scotland’s oldest rugby club, tomorrow.

If granted it all but clears the way for construction of the 5,000  capacity stadium, which will incorporate its own function centre, museum and a two-storey parade of shops along Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge.

Campaign group Save Stockbridge, which has been at loggerheads with the club since plans first aired for the development back in 2012, pledged to pursue a judicial review if the green light is given.

Employing a stone façade with glazed pavilions and timber canopy the stadium has been criticised by opponents for drawing trade away from existing shops and for being of a scale which is out of keeping with the conservation area.

9 Comments

wonky
#1 Posted by wonky on 24 Jul 2013 at 15:36 PM
Trees perform an incredible transformation to a streetscape- something very noticeable in Parisian Boulevards- and of course serve the invaluable purpose of cleaning the air: why are Scottish streets so conspicuously absence of these woody perennials?
Raeburn Resident
#2 Posted by Raeburn Resident on 25 Jul 2013 at 13:46 PM
I hope this is rejected. The club are building the shops to fund the club, with a stadium which seats 2500 on top for a club which attracts 150 to a game, mostly members and not residents. The additinoal capacity will be used for events such as the recent tennis masters, all good in an area with good public transport but not suited to the bottle neck of comely bank and stockbridge. There is no traffic plan, little consideration for residents who struggle to park with shortage of residents spaces available currently. Plus the impact of these new shops on comely bank towards stockbrdige smaller stores could be disastrous. All dressed up as providing facilities for sport? There are 3 rugby clubs in the area, why not merge and share facilities ? There is the Stewart Melville staduim on Ferry road, the other side of the Botanics which could be used when required. This is egotistical empire building/legacy driven zeoltism by Accies, nothing more.
Future growth
#3 Posted by Future growth on 25 Jul 2013 at 14:17 PM
So what if the shops to help fund the club???
It's a business ... Anyone in business pays and hopefully expands and grows
Why would you not want that?
Jimmy
#4 Posted by Jimmy on 25 Jul 2013 at 14:23 PM
How the hell did they ever get permission to build Murrayfield, Tynecastle or Easter Road?

Nimby, Nimby, Nimby!!!!
dalrylama
#5 Posted by dalrylama on 25 Jul 2013 at 17:27 PM
I lived in Comley Bank Grove until a few months ago and really hope that it gets permission. Living there it felt like pure nimby-ism was behind the rejection campaign.

I think the proposals are entirely reasonable - they are not as tall as the neighboring tenements and are nothing more than an extension of the existing shopping street. The units may be larger than some existing ones but that isn't always a bad thing - doesn't planning policy state that you want 'anchor' retail developments in town centre areas because the extra footfall is recognized as benefiting the town centre?
Jane Sanders
#6 Posted by Jane Sanders on 27 Jul 2013 at 08:19 AM
This is a great development and will mirror the shops on the other side of the street. If anything it will boost trade in Comely Bank which seems to have a lot of charity shops. By doing a commercial fa├žade, the future of a large green space to the rear is secured rather than becoming yet another block of flats.
Stockbridge Resident
#7 Posted by Stockbridge Resident on 31 Jul 2013 at 14:06 PM
Well done on getting through! Will be an asset to the local area. I know local business owners will be pleased.
Comely Bank Road resident
#8 Posted by Comely Bank Road resident on 31 Jul 2013 at 21:46 PM
Delighted the plan has been approved, the 'Save Stockbridge' campaign was laughable, completely short sighted from the offset. I went along with it myself until I actually looked at the plans for myself. A momentary inconvenience maybe but could be wonderful for the area long after these; hapless nothing better to do but moan, retirees have passed away.
Accies Player
#9 Posted by Accies Player on 12 Aug 2013 at 03:07 AM
Thank God this has been approved. All at the club are so excited to be playing in such a wonderful venue. This is only a good thing for the Accies and the local area.

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