Wester Hailes Local Place Plan Update

Wester Hailes Local Place Plan 2.0 Consultant Appointment

Since the Local Place Plan Community Conference and completion of the Progress Report in May 2020 progress has been made in the background and we are delighted to be able to share three new projects that are currently taking place within Wester Hailes.
Signing of Local Place Plan 2.0 contract between Marion Preez, UrbanPioneers Landscape Architects, and Eoghan Howard, Wester Hailes Community Trust
A group of community-based and community-led organisations: Wester Hailes Community Trust, WHALE Arts and Prospect Housing, along with a wider group of organisations based locally worked alongside Ian Gilzean to develop the Wester Hailes Local Place Plan (LPP) 1.0. This piece of work was funded by City of Edinbrugh Council with Ian Gilzean on a secondment from Scottish Government where he is Chief Architect. A Local Place Plan resource space was created at WHALE Art to support the process. A Community Conference was held February 2020 at WHALE Arts to present LPP 1.0 to local residents and organisations of Wester Hailes. The report was published in May 2020. In November 2021 the Wester Hailes Community Trust obtained a Place Based Investment Grant from City of Edinburgh Council to complete the Local Place Plan and use this as a catalyst for the next 20+ years in Wester Hailes. Wester Hailes Community Trust have appointed UrbanPioneers (landscape architects, lead designer) who will work together with the Dress for the Weather (architects) to finalise the Local Place Plan by July 2022. In addition the Place Based Investment Grant will also fund a Wester Hailes Community Trust temporary staff role dedicated to help progressing the Local Place Plan work.

Regeneration Masterplan

In August 2021 the City of Edinburgh Council appointed a consultancy team that will work with the community to translate their vision into a masterplan for the area. Working with the Council and the community, the masterplan team will look at opportunities to implement improvements to existing transport and active travel infrastructure, new housing-led developments and adapting public sector delivery models, all firmly rooted in the Council’s new 20 Minute Neighbourhood model. This important commission has been awarded to a multi-disciplinary consultant team led by Turner & Townsend, who will act as project managers, together with partners Stallan-Brand (architects, lead designer and community engagement), Atelier 10 (building services and sustainability), OOBE (landscape architects) and Goodson Associates (engineering and transportation).

Landscape/ Public Realm Improvements Murrayburn, Hailesland & Dumbryden

The Council have recently appointed the design consultancy Atkins to develop landscape design proposals which will support the regeneration of Murrayburn, Hailesland & Dumbryden. The project will deliver a range of physical placemaking improvements throughout the estates, making better use of the open spaces with particular focus on community greenspaces, public areas, car parking, active travel provision and play spaces. It is important to note this is not part of the building improvements and only affects the public spaces.
A first community consultation event will be taking place this Saturday 20th November 11am-3pm to hear residents and local organisations thoughts and ideas on what changes they would like to see. UrbanPioneers will also join the day with engagement on the Local Place Plan.
We are looking forward to see some of you at the event!

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