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Association with other bodies

Lord Moray’s Feuars, through the Committee, are Affiliated Members of The Cockburn Association (The Edinburgh Civic Trust). The Cockburn (Trunk’s Close, 55 High Street, EH3 1SR, Tel: 557 9387) was founded in 1875 and is a powerful influence in encouraging the best of new architecture and in the conservation of worthy existing buildings.

Another body which did much to improve buildings in the New Town, and the public’s perception of them, was Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee (“ENTCC”). Its main function was to assist with repairs, through the distribution of grants ‑ funded by the City Council and the Scottish Executive.

In December 1995 much of the New and of the Old Town were inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In April 1999 ENTCC was absorbed into the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, 5 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, EH8 8DD. Tel 220 7720.

The New Town & Broughton Community Council is charged with representing the views of the local community on a wide range of issues.

Planning Regulations

In recent decades, the rights of Superiors to enforce the conditions they imposed in title deeds have been diminished by statute, and the powers of planning authorities considerably increased.

The buildings in the Moray feu are Category A Listed ie of “national or international architectural or historic importance”. The main practical consequence is that listed building consent is required for any alteration which might affect the character of the building, inside or outside. Proprietors should consult the Edinburgh City Council Planning Helpdesk on 0131 529 3550 or visit their website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/planning if contemplating any work they think might possibly require consent.

The Planning section of the Council’s website has extensive useful information on listed building consent, setting forth guidelines on a wide variety of topics.

The feu is also within an Outstanding Conservation Area. Two practical consequences follow from this:

  1. Planning Permission (as well as listed building consent) is required for many small developments and alterations which would otherwise be exempt. Again, advice should be sought from Planning.
  2. Before felling or lopping trees it is necessary to give six weeks notice to Planning. If they disapprove of the proposed work, they will serve a Tree Preservation Order. The definition of a tree is having a circumference of more than 23.5cm at 1.5m above the ground.

Finally, a quotation from Prof. Youngson:

It is for those who inherit the achievement of Edinburgh’s classical age to understand it, to adapt it, to use it and to enjoy it.

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