Proposal to redevelop at the former Powderhall Waste Transfer Station

Closes 31 Jul 2019

Opened 23 Jun 2018


Thanks to those who have already been involved in the consultations that have been taking place at Powderhall. We have received lots of constructive feedback which was used to inform the Place brief that went to Planning Committee on the 12th December. You can view the committee discussion by clicking the link below;

Powderhall Place Brief is Item 7.1. The consultation report is available for you to observe.

Further consultations are due to take place regarding the use of the former bowling greens. The previous event took take place on the 14th March 2019 between 5-7pm at Broughton Primary School. Following the collection and interpretation of all the information gathered from consultees, a proposal for the site will be presented later in the year (expected before schools close for summer recess).

The latest Boards from the previous consultation event in 14th March (including all other consultation boards used in Place Brief)  can be viewed below;

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About Powderhall

Powderhall Waste Transfer Station stopped full operation in 2016. On 23 March 2017, the Finance and Resources Committee approved the sale of the Depot to the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) for housing-led redevelopment. It is expected that demolitions and decontamination of the site will take up to 52 weeks (beginning Autumn 2018), depending on the level of work that is required to prepare the site for future use. In the meantime, a security alarm system (motion detection devices) has been installed to secure the site in interest of public safety. Site investigations have been carried out to find out more about the land conditions and potentially necessary decontamination work that will be required.

The Council have been hosting a number of consultation events to allow the public, local interest groups and stakeholders express their ideas about the area and its redevelopment. More consultations will take place in the future.

Why We Are Consulting

Early discussions with Planning have led to the decision to prepare a Place Brief for the area, in full consultation with local residents and stakeholders. These extensive and longer Consultations will follow the Scottish Government Place standard and are designed to form what is known as a Place brief which is non statutory guidance that should enable a broader and more informed final design of the redevelopment.

The Place Brief shall be based on Scottish Government Placemaking Policies and will consider the following opportunities for the Powderhall site;

Housing – provision of affordable and mixed tenure housing

Existing stable building – creation of a hub providing flexible workspaces and community space

Education -  opportunity to create a new nursery school nearby the existing on primary school

Green space – opportunity to enhance and improve green spaces

This programme of non-statutory consultation will continue from now through to October 2018, culminating in the preparation of a Place Brief that will set agreed uses and design parameters for the development. Additional statutory consultation will follow in 2019 as part of the formal planning process.

Click here for information from the 'Tell us about Powderhall' consultation event

Give Us Your Views

‘Tell us about Powderhall’, Community events - 26th and 27th June 2018

Collective Architecture will host two community events:

26th June between 2-6pm at McDonald Road Library (Nelson Hall) & 27th June 2018 between 3-7pm at Broughton primary School

Community events focused around a model to gather local ideas and opportunities surrounding the existing site.

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’Public Review and Workshop’, Community events - 28th and 29th August 2018;

28th August between 2-6pm at McDonald Road Library (Nelson Hall) & 29th August 2018 between 4 - 7 pm at Drummond High School

Collective Architecture will illustrate previous 'Tell us about Powderhall' consultation summaries. We will use physical model to explore building forms and uses for public discussion. Public comments will be recorded and fed back to the design and client team.

Review: What we asked and what you told us...Your browser does not support inline PDF viewing.Please download the PDF.

Next Steps’, 24th October 2018 between 4:30pm and 7:30pm at Broughton Primary School

Presentation of 'Next Steps' in the development process to public and local community groupsYour browser does not support inline PDF viewing.Please download the PDF.




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