Portobello Conservation Area Character Appraisal Quality Review

Closed 31 Mar 2016

Opened 26 Feb 2016

Feedback updated 31 Aug 2017

We asked

We asked for views on the proposed Draft Portobello Character Appraisal.

You said

The majority of the feedback was supportive of the proposals. The wide variety of new developments selected for the case study of new development built within the life cycle of the existing Character Appraisal and the range of comments received about their individual architectural qualities  and how well they sat within their historic context provided a useful starting point for the review of the existing Character Appraisal. The questionnaire and additional comments received  help identify how well the existing Character Appraisal managed new development and where the new Draft Character Appraisal should be strengthened.

We did

The feedback to the scheme was used to evolve and improve the Character Appraisal. The Character Appraisal description of specific character areas within the Conservation Area was reviewed and strengthened in light of how it had changed since the approval of the existing appraisal. A specific section for assessing new development within the Character Appraisal was drafted to further strengthen the management of change within the area.



This short survey shows some recent new buildings and other developments in the Portobello Conservation Area and asks for comments on the quality of the developments.

Why your views matter

The responses to the survey will be used to inform the content of the revised Portobello Conservation Area Character Appraisal.

What happens next

We have received your reponses and a report has gone before the Planning Committee (May 2016).  The report and the draft Portobello Conservation Area Character Appraisal can be downloaded using the link below.

We would like your feedback on the revised Portobello Conservation Area Character Appraisal. Please download the comments form below and return by email to daniel.lodge@edinburgh.gov.uk


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