Draft Revised South Side Conservation Area Designation

Closed 31 Jan 2019

Opened 30 Nov 2018


The Council is responsible for the conservation and management of built heritage in the city including the designation of conservation areas as areas of special architectural or historic interest. 

The South Side Conservation Area was originally designated in May 1975. A Character Appraisal for the Conservation Area was published in 2002. Character Appraisals are designed to help manage change in the area.

Why your views matter

This survey below contains four short questions about the draft revised South Side Conservation Area Character Appraisal.  

The responses to the survey will be used to further inform the content of the revised Character Appraisal.

It is advised that you first read the Character Appraisal before completing the survey.

Proposed Changes to Boundary of Conservation Area

An extension of the Conservation Area boundary to include the Royal Commonwealth Pool, the Scottish Widows Building and Pollock Halls is proposed. These buildings form an outstanding group of Category ‘A’ listed buildings. It is also proposed to include the tenement at 186 Pleasance, which dates from 1932.

The flats at Forbes Street and the St Leonard’s Police Station are more recent developments and are proposed for removal from the Conservation Area.


  • Natural neighbourhood area - Southside
  • Ward 15 - Southside/Newington


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  • People with long term conditions
  • People with disabilities
  • Minority Ethnic groups
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  • Jobseekers
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