New Framework to encourage walking and cycling in the Capital City

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A&DS has been working with Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian to produce an Area Development Framework (ADF) for the area known as the City Centre Southern Arc, which has now been approved by the Planning Committee.

The ADF covers the part of the city lying immediately to the south of the city centre extending from Haymarket to Holyrood. The aim is to provide a framework in which projects and proposals can be developed and co-ordinated that encourage walking and cycling and in so doing improve the health and wellbeing of its residents and visitors and create a place that is attractive and liveable.

The preparation of the ADF was informed by a series of charrettes (design workshops) with residents and other stakeholders which were jointly facilitated by representatives of A&DS and NHS Lothian. Following on from this a consultation exercise took place with local businesses. The charrettes allowed participants the opportunity to discuss priorities across the Southern Arc area and how projects could be developed within the context of a Framework. The level of community engagement in the process was well received by the Planning Committee.

The ADF Action Plan outlines a series of measures over the short and long term which seek to enhance the pedestrian experience and reduce traffic speeds and congestion, and include plans to create new footpaths and cycle connections with the major new development plans at Haymarket, Chambers Street, Fountainbridge, Caltongate and Edinburgh University campuses, as well as making improvements to the public realm. It is hoped that this enhancement in ‘walkability’ of the city will encourage people out of their cars.

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