Drum Submit New Proposal of Planning Application Notice for Leith Walk Site

Drum Property Group has submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to the City of Edinburgh Council for the redevelopment of the 2.9-acre Stead’s Place site, near the foot of Leith Walk.

The PAN is submitted in advance of any future planning application and gives an outline intention of the developers plan for the site, prior to a period of public consultation.

The Stead’s Place site has been earmarked for development by the City of Edinburgh Council since 2008 and consists largely of an aged industrial estate and office space, together with a two-storey sandstone building facing directly on to Leith Walk.

As part of the proposed redevelopment, the sandstone building will be retained and refurbished and made available for a range of commercial uses. The existing industrial units located directly behind Leith Walk are to be demolished and replaced with a new residential-led landscaped development linking to Pilrig Park and beyond.

Due to the current restrictions on social movement due to the Coronavirus, Drum is currently seeking advice from both the City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government about future public consultation opportunities.

Welcoming this latest phase of the Stead’s Place redevelopment, Graeme Bone, Group Managing Director of Drum Property Group, said: “We remain 100% committed to investing in and improving the whole Stead’s Place site, and are looking forward to this next stage of planning consultation".

Under current planning legislative requirements, a PAN is submitted for any proposed major development in advance of making a planning application to the council. The PAN notice gives an outline intention of the developer’s plans for the site, with further details to be made available and discussed during a period of public engagement. This allows time for stakeholder and public engagement to take place before proposals are finalised and planning permission is formally applied for.

Commenting on future plans for any public consultation on the Stead’s Place site, Mr Bone added: “Given the current restrictions on public movement and meetings caused by the coronavirus, we are seeking council and government guidance about the most effective way of delivering public consultation for the PAN over the coming months. This could include using a dedicated website and comprehensive online consultation methods if it is not possible to hold a drop-in exhibition or other public event.”

For more information on the Drum PAN for Stead’s Place, visit:

“We have listened to a range of concerns voiced during the previous application. As a result, we are proposing to retain and refurbish the two-storey sandstone building to ensure that, once again, it plays an important role in the future of the Leith Walk community. We have no intention of selling the building and will hold it as a long-term investment for the Group.
“The rest of the site will be designated to provide much needed local housing. This will open up what is currently an inhospitable industrial site by creating an accessible living environment linked through landscaped walkways and cycle routes to Pilrig Park and the rest of the city.”