A Local Place Plan is currently being developed for Wester Hailes. Following a number of community consultations in and around Wester Hailes, the Let’s Plan Wester Hailes Community Conference is a collaborative learning event to discuss the vision of the Local Place Plan to date and what are the next steps in its development. The day will comprise of an inspiring line-up of speakers, including keynote, Stephen Willacy, Chief Architect of Aarhus, Denmark who will discuss housing regeneration in Aarhus.

The conference provides the opportunity to learn from other places, continue to shape and inspire the future vision of Wester Hailes and highlight the place potential. Throughout the day, the conference will discuss numerous themes, relevant to the vision of the Wester Hailes Local Place Plan including Active Travel, Town Centre Regeneration, Sustainable Living and the potential for Wester Hailes to become a Canal Destination.

Why Should I attend?

A Local Place Plan is a new type of plan which gives people an opportunity to suggest and develop proposals for the development and use of land in the place they live. The plans hope to give local people more influence over what happens within their community in the future. Local Place Plans are intended to encourage debate about the future of place, enabling communities like Wester Hailes to focus on the future as well as existing priorities.

The community conference aims to bring together and present the work and connections that have been made throughout the Local Place Plan development to date. At 3:00pm a discussion with various residents and community representatives, including WHALE Arts, Wester Hailes Community Trust and Prospect Community Housing, will offer suggestions and opportunity for next steps, how you may be affected and how you can get involved! Your thoughts matter, come along and join the conversation!

Event Programme

09:30am               Welcome and Introduction – Leah Black, WHALE Arts & Eoghan Howard, Wester Hailes Community Trust

09:45am               City of Edinburgh Council Perspective – Paul Lawrence, Director of Place, Edinburgh City Council

10:00am               Progress to Date – Ian Gilzean, Chief Architect, Scottish Government & Mike Harrison, HarrisonStevens

10:30am               Discussion and Q&A

10:45am               Coffee Break

Key Themes

11:00am               The Union Canal – Helena Huws, Scottish Canals

11:15am               Town Centre Regeneration – Phil Prentice, Scotland’s Town Partnership

11:30am               Active Travel – TBC, Sustrans

11:45am               Sustainable Living – Jude Barber, Collective Architecture

Edinburgh Case Studies

12:00pm               Craigmillar – Duncan Bremner, Citizen Curator

12:15pm               Leith – Alistair Scott, Smith Scott Mullen Associates

12:30pm               Panel Discussion and Q+A – TBC, Edinburgh City Council

1:00pm                 Lunch

Keynote Speaker

2:00pm                 Aarhus, Denmark – Stephen Willacy, City Architect, Aarhus

Wester Hailes Community

2:45pm                 Community Response Discussion and Q+A – Community Representatives & Residents

3:30pm                 Next Steps: The 7 Kingdoms – Dawn Smith – Edinburgh Napier

3:45pm                 Conference Review and Summary

4:00pm                 CONFERENCE CLOSING

When, Where and Booking

When: Saturday 29th February, 9.30am-4pm

Where: WHALE Arts, Westburn Grove, Wester Hailes

Booking: This event is FREE to attend. Please RSVP at www.whcommunityconference.eventbrite.co.uk 

Please note this is not a SURF event. If you have any queries please contact westerhailesplaceplan@gmail.com 

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