Senscot Bulletin – Abstract – September 2018

The trend of some local authorities across Scotland – pawning off land to property developers who simply churn important community spaces into student flats – is a growing cause for concern. The latest example is in Edinburgh: Drum Property Group is proposing to bulldoze a significant portion of Leith Walk to make way for 523 student bedrooms, 56 upmarket hotel rooms – and only 53 affordable housing flats. Earlier this year, a community campaign to save Otago Lane in Glasgow fell on deaf ears. Will #SaveLeithWalk fare any better? Improve its chances by voicing your disapproval on the planning application.