Public session on redevelopment of Leith bingo corridor to be held

MEMBERS of the general public are being invited to supply suggestions on plans to redevelop the bingo corridor positioned on Leith’s Manderston Steet in Edinburgh.

Developer Longstone (2) Restricted has unveiled plans to preserve and redevelop the prevailing constructing into new pupil properties.

That is in response to an area need to protect the constructing, positioned within the Leith Conservation Space, and tackle a continual undersupply of pupil lodging within the capital.

The proposals observe the choice by the present operators of the bingo corridor, Membership 3000, to maneuver to new premises in close by Ocean Terminal in summer time 2024.

Image of Manderston Bingo Hall
The builders of the proposed undertaking say they hope to preserve the unique constructing

The conservation and retention of the property does prohibit its potential makes use of and following the constructing’s inclusion within the Leith Conservation Space, the potential to make use of the positioning for housing was explored.

Nonetheless, the constructing isn’t well-suited to a residential conversion and a viable scheme would fail to adjust to lots of the Council’s planning insurance policies for brand spanking new housing.

A few of these planning insurance policies are, for instance, twin side dwellings and minimal open house necessities. If housing had been to be delivered, it could require the demolition of the constructing.

The proposed use as pupil properties permits for the creation of a improvement that complies with the Council’s pupil housing insurance policies.

It could additionally retain the weather of the constructing that contribute to the encircling Conservation Space.

The present constructing is in poor situation and is extraordinarily vitality inefficient.

In 2020, Historic Atmosphere Scotland assessed the constructing for potential listed standing and concluded that it didn’t meet the standards of particular architectural or historic curiosity.

The usage of the house for pupil properties would additionally serve to unencumber residential properties that in any other case would have been utilized by college students.

The variety of these college students in Edinburgh’s universities has grown by over 25% between 2016/17 and 2021/22, based on a report by Cushman & Wakefield Scholar Wants Evaluation.

The general public session occasion will happen on Wednesday 17 January 2024 between 4:00pm and seven:30pm in McDonald Highway Library, 2-8 McDonald Highway, Edinburgh EH7 4LU. 

Exhibition boards detailing the undertaking will probably be accessible on the occasion, in addition to on the undertaking web site from 9am on the day of the occasion.

Suggestions varieties may even be accessible, and attendees are inspired to share their views. The shape may even be accessible on the web site and all suggestions must be returned by Wednesday 31 January.

A Longstone (2) Restricted spokesperson mentioned: “The area people has expressed a robust need to preserve the previous mill constructing and our plans for the positioning enable us to do that.

“Whereas enhancing the character of the Conservation Space, the conversion of the constructing will assist to alleviate stress on the native housing market.

“The proposals may even ship appreciable financial advantages by way of the development and operation of the event, and with college students spending cash in native retailers and different retailers.

“We’re eager to welcome native residents to our public session occasion and to working with them as we progress the event.”