Reviewing Edinburgh’s Landscape Designations   Presentation and discussion Susanne Underwood and  Carol Anderson
Overview <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Study aims </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detailed requirements </li></ul></...
Background <ul><li>Study aims: </li></ul><ul><li>To prepare a landscape character assessment for City of Edinburgh </li></...
Background <ul><li>Detailed requirements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusion of open spaces within and adjacent to the city <...
Background     <ul><li>Policy Background </li></ul><ul><li>Policy purpose of SLA designation </li></ul><ul><li>What is the...
Undertaking the Study <ul><li>The Edinburgh Landscape Character Assessment   </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><li>...
Undertaking the Study <ul><li>Edinburgh landscape character assessment  </li></ul><ul><li>15 landscape character types </l...
  Undertaking the Study  Edinburgh Landscape Character Types and Areas
Undertaking the Study <ul><li>Identifying Edinburgh’s candidate Special Landscape Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Using the baseli...
Undertaking the study <ul><li>SLA Designation Criteria  </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh distinctiveness (weighted) </li></ul><...
Undertaking the study <ul><li>SLA methodology </li></ul><ul><li>The ratings of high, medium or low from the evaluation tab...
Undertaking the study <ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
Findings
Findings <ul><li>Gains: </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal edge at Crammond and South Queensferry </li></ul><ul><li>Dundas (wider e...
Findings <ul><li>Losses: </li></ul><ul><li>Silverknowes golf course </li></ul><ul><li>Barnton golf course </li></ul><ul><l...
Findings <ul><li>Statements of Importance   </li></ul><ul><li>Structure and content: </li></ul><ul><li>Location and bounda...
Findings <ul><li>Boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Boundaries for consultation were based on landscape character area boundarie...
Findings <ul><li>Boundary decision rules   </li></ul><ul><li>Identify where key characteristics of the landscape change an...
Findings <ul><li>Planning policy context </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewed National Landscape Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Local Plan...
Findings <ul><li>Other policy protection  </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh World Heritage Site </li></ul><ul><li>Gardens and De...
Findings <ul><li>Planning Policy recommendation: </li></ul><ul><li>Generic  SLA protection policy , referring to interpret...
Findings <ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
Summary of Consultation findings <ul><li>Summary of consultation findings </li></ul><ul><li>External comments </li></ul><u...
Summary of consultation findings <ul><li>Internal comments: </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship of Pentland Hills SLA with PHRP...
Next steps <ul><li>Address consultation comments </li></ul><ul><li>Revise SLA boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Finalise Statem...
<ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
 
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    1. 1. Reviewing Edinburgh’s Landscape Designations Presentation and discussion Susanne Underwood and Carol Anderson
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Study aims </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detailed requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defining the scope of the work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Undertaking the study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Edinburgh Landscape Character Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifying Edinburgh’s candidate Special Landscape Areas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Findings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summary of change proposed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statements of Importance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy recommendations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>
    3. 3. Background <ul><li>Study aims: </li></ul><ul><li>To prepare a landscape character assessment for City of Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>To review local landscape designations in line with SNH and HS guidance </li></ul>
    4. 4. Background <ul><li>Detailed requirements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusion of open spaces within and adjacent to the city </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consideration of cross boundary issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consideration of identified objectives set out in project brief for evaluating local landscape designations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Description of landscape character types and areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stakeholder involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of historic land use assessment to inform study </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Background <ul><li>Policy Background </li></ul><ul><li>Policy purpose of SLA designation </li></ul><ul><li>What is the policy purpose of SLA designation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As an accolade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is it a landscape which can be celebrated as part of Edinburgh’s identity? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As a means to focus policies and objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is this a landscape which needs to be protected? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As a tool for management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does this area need greater landscape management? </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Undertaking the Study <ul><li>The Edinburgh Landscape Character Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><li>To undertake a landscape character assessment of landscape within City of Edinburgh Council including open spaces and the peri urban environment </li></ul><ul><li>Provide information to understand how Edinburgh’s landscape character may be conserved, enhanced or restructured as appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a baseline to enable a systematic review of local landscape designations </li></ul>
    7. 7. Undertaking the Study <ul><li>Edinburgh landscape character assessment </li></ul><ul><li>15 landscape character types </li></ul><ul><li>75 landscape character areas </li></ul><ul><li>Description and summary of key characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape assessment against set criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Typicality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rarity/uniqueness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prominence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scenic qualities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoyment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Naturalness </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Undertaking the Study Edinburgh Landscape Character Types and Areas
    9. 9. Undertaking the Study <ul><li>Identifying Edinburgh’s candidate Special Landscape Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Using the baseline of the landscape descriptions in the landscape character assessment; </li></ul><ul><li>The character and qualities of the landscape are assessed according to agreed criteria </li></ul>
    10. 10. Undertaking the study <ul><li>SLA Designation Criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh distinctiveness (weighted) </li></ul><ul><li>Relative merit  </li></ul><ul><li>Scenic quality (weighted) </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoyment (weighted) </li></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Naturalness </li></ul><ul><li>Geology and geomorphology </li></ul><ul><li>Variations in quality informs boundary considerations (not scored)  </li></ul><ul><li>Association with adjoining character areas </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of Connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh specific qualities  </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution to historic core </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution to setting of Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>Key views </li></ul>
    11. 11. Undertaking the study <ul><li>SLA methodology </li></ul><ul><li>The ratings of high, medium or low from the evaluation tables are converted to numeric scores to allow ranking of all areas in relation to the designation criteria </li></ul><ul><li>The candidate landscapes are evaluated for their value for designation and in terms of practical considerations, support from CEC and the community, cross boundary issues and the candidate Special Landscape Areas are refined and boundaries identified. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Undertaking the study <ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
    13. 13. Findings
    14. 14. Findings <ul><li>Gains: </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal edge at Crammond and South Queensferry </li></ul><ul><li>Dundas (wider extent) </li></ul><ul><li>Craigie Hill </li></ul><ul><li>Upper Almond </li></ul><ul><li>Ratho Hills </li></ul><ul><li>Gogar (wider extent) </li></ul><ul><li>Lower Pentland slopes above Currie and Balerno </li></ul><ul><li>Water of Leith (3 sections) </li></ul><ul><li>Craigmillar Castle </li></ul><ul><li>The Drum </li></ul><ul><li>Edmonstone </li></ul><ul><li>Princes Street Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Castle Rock </li></ul><ul><li>Inverleith Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Calton Hill </li></ul>
    15. 15. Findings <ul><li>Losses: </li></ul><ul><li>Silverknowes golf course </li></ul><ul><li>Barnton golf course </li></ul><ul><li>Davidson’s Mains (north of Corstorphine Hill) </li></ul><ul><li>Lennie Hill and flanking farmland at Cammo </li></ul><ul><li>Carmel Hill and Humbie Reservoir </li></ul><ul><li>Newliston </li></ul><ul><li>Clifton School grounds </li></ul><ul><li>Dalmahoy </li></ul><ul><li>Ratho golf course </li></ul><ul><li>Dreghorn polo fields </li></ul>
    16. 16. Findings <ul><li>Statements of Importance </li></ul><ul><li>Structure and content: </li></ul><ul><li>Location and boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>OS grid reference </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape character areas within cSLA </li></ul><ul><li>Extent (ha) </li></ul><ul><li>Description of landscape characteristics and qualities </li></ul><ul><li>Potential pressures upon landscape integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancement potential </li></ul><ul><li>Other designations/interests </li></ul><ul><li>Map </li></ul>
    17. 17. Findings <ul><li>Boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Boundaries for consultation were based on landscape character area boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Subsequent refinement is required to ensure SLA boundaries are robust and logical </li></ul>
    18. 18. Findings <ul><li>Boundary decision rules </li></ul><ul><li>Identify where key characteristics of the landscape change and look to nearest physical boundary </li></ul><ul><li>Where there are variations in quality within a LCA move inwards from areas of lower quality </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the role of the physical relationship of the candidate area in relation to quality of other adjacent LCAs and in creating a ‘logical’ and cohesive area for designation . </li></ul>
    19. 19. Findings <ul><li>Planning policy context </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewed National Landscape Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Local Planning Policy within Edinburgh and neighbouring authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Model policy </li></ul>
    20. 20. Findings <ul><li>Other policy protection </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh World Heritage Site </li></ul><ul><li>Gardens and Designed Landscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation areas </li></ul><ul><li>Green Belt </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Conservation </li></ul>
    21. 21. Findings <ul><li>Planning Policy recommendation: </li></ul><ul><li>Generic SLA protection policy , referring to interpretation of policy within context of the information presented in each Statement of Importance </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape character protection policy </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledgement of links to other relevant policy (GDL, Conservation Areas, recreational areas etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Potential role for SPG </li></ul>
    22. 22. Findings <ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
    23. 23. Summary of Consultation findings <ul><li>Summary of consultation findings </li></ul><ul><li>External comments </li></ul><ul><li>Urban edge boundaries will reflect settlement boundaries, this may include areas of land in private ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Support protection from development provided by designation </li></ul><ul><li>No guidance provided on policy status of ‘de-designated’ land </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on lack of comprehensive approach across SESplan area </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on supposed lack of conformity with Guidance on Local Landscape Designations </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on inclusion of all of Corstorphine Hill, Mortonhall policies (included through association with Braid Hills), western flanks of Pentlands (as part of Pentland Hills SLA), whole of The Drum due to variations in quality and Gogar as an SLA </li></ul>
    24. 24. Summary of consultation findings <ul><li>Internal comments: </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship of Pentland Hills SLA with PHRP boundary </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion of cultural heritage importance in SI </li></ul>
    25. 25. Next steps <ul><li>Address consultation comments </li></ul><ul><li>Revise SLA boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Finalise Statements of Importance </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare designation report </li></ul>
    26. 26. <ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>

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