Revised Picardy Place plans approved by councillors

Revised proposals for the Picardy Place junction were approved by councillors today (Thursday), following an extended period of consultation.

A special meeting of the Transport and Environment Committee was held to consider the latest design, which incorporates a new landscaped public space for the island site at the centre of the junction.

The updated plans reflected feedback from around 1000 responses to the consultation, which demonstrated a strong desire for improved public realm in the area, as well as further improvements to provision for pedestrians and cyclists.

Transport Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: "I am pleased that we have been able to take a step towards the redevelopment of Picardy Place today, with the approval of a design which I am confident takes into account the desires and concerns of the many people who took the time to give us their feedback.

“We’ve worked hard, in consultation with residents, businesses and stakeholders, to hone plans which, I believe, achieve a much more pedestrian and cycling-friendly area while also ensuring this junction operates efficiently for our public transport network. 

“By developing a public space in the island site, as well as enhancing the space outside the Cathedral, we're giving new purpose to this location. We look forward to working with key stakeholders to develop more detailed designs for this area, creating a much more pleasant experience for people to spend time in or travel through. 

“This is a key junction leading to the heart of the city, welcoming people to the Old and New Towns World Heritage Site and the wealth of attractions on offer. It’s essential that we get the balance right here for all road users, whether they're on foot, cycling or using public transport, and now I’m glad we will be able to move forward to accomplish this, as part of the Central Edinburgh Transformation project. But rest assured, the conversation around this pivotal development will continue, as we further refine the design to best suit the needs of the public.”

Members of Full Council will discuss the financial detail of plans at the next meeting on Thursday, 1 February 2018.

Watch the webcast recording of the special meeting of Transport and Environment Committee on the Council website


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