Following the consultation with elected members, officials, community groups and stakeholders since the first exhibition in October and November, and the workshop with key stakeholders, the developer Artisan have produced ‘further ideas on plans for the site’. They will be exhibiting these at the Canongate Venture Building on Thursday 14 March between 11am and 8pm and on Saturday 16 March 10am and 12.30pm.

They will also be presenting plans that will amend the original office element of the permitted development, which is being submitted as a separate planning application, which comes before the Council's Development Management Sub-Committee for decision on Wednesday 20 March 2013. The Council will hold a hearing before this meeting at which supporters and objectors will have the opportunity to speak. Artisan says ‘The new proposals, which have been informed by consultation from all parties, will reflect a more appropriate scheme for the site.’

Artisan has also distributed an interim report on the consultation prepared by GVA and a report from the workshop facilitator Grant Myles. You can download these documents below. They are also available on the City of Edinburgh Council planning portal: the application reference number is 12/03624/PAN. The report records much critique of the current proposals including the fact that 75% of respondents to the questionnaire were in favour of keeping the Canongate Venture building and its reuse. The idea of bridging across the top of New St also received strong objections.

In a possible contradiction to their efforts to improve the proposed scheme, Artisan have also submitted section 42 applications to extend the existing planning consents for another 3 years and for renewal of the listed building demolition consents – this implies they are not considering any substantial changes to the plans, and are still considering demolition. Go the exhibition and express your comments.