Edinburgh residents fear new Italian restaurant could cause traffic jams

Edinburgh residents have opposed the conversion of an abandoned grocery store into a new Italian takeaway over fears of traffic jams.

Edinburgh City Council has endorsed the developers’ proposal to create a new restaurant and hot takeaway at Bridge Road in Colinton.

The proposed take-out was to replace an old convenience store at 30-32 Bridge Road, but part of the local community fears there are already enough establishments in the area and that this will worsen traffic congestion and sound pollution.

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The restaurant and takeaway had to be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and that was another bone of contention for locals.

They say the old store also opened early but was closed early every night – and locals say the late night noise will only disturb residents further.

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One said: ‘I have lived in Colinton for 40 years. During this time, I have seen the village grow.

“Along with this growth, traffic has inevitably increased. Bridge Road is already extremely congested, with HGVs delivering to the Co-op and the Colinton Inn, as well as delivery vans to other establishments on the street.

Image: CEC Planning Portal
Residents voiced their concerns about traffic congestion on the planning app

“Parking can be extremely problematic, indeed being a pedestrian is not always easy because these vehicles sometimes park partly on the sidewalk and pedestrians regularly find themselves walking on the roadway.”

Another added: “At the moment it is extremely difficult to find a place to park and sometimes very difficult to drive through the village due to the volume of traffic. I have a blue badge though, that makes no difference. The new use of this property would bring more traffic and more parking problems.

“The proposed opening hours would give local residents and visitors no respite from the noise, litter and cooking smells that would invade the area.

“Given the proximity of the building to residential properties, noise, litter and cooking odors would be intolerable. Sleeping would be almost impossible and this would have an impact on the health of the residents.

The developers pulled the app on January 31.

The notice of decision on the planning application shows Edinburgh Council were concerned about the local conservation area and were prepared to recommend that the application be refused.

It says: “The proposal is not in line with Edinburgh’s Local Development Plan and Council’s non-statutory guidance in relation to LDP policies Hou 7 and Ret 11, although the proposed use is appropriate in this location. and that the proposals will preserve the character and appearance of the conservation area.

“Insufficient details have been submitted to demonstrate whether satisfactory residential amenities can be maintained. No material consideration outweighs this finding and denial is recommended.

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