The North West Portobello Development Brief was produced following extensive consultation with the community over a period of about two years. This was supposed to set a blueprint for acceptable development in the area for the next 15 years. The Brief stipulated that only a purely local corner shop type development was envisaged on the site. It also included community uses, live/work units and artists' studios but these are entirely absent from this proposal, further undermining the potential for more locally based economic development in Portobello. Out of the Blue and Verden Studios have been told there is no space for them.
The current plan deviates significantly from what the community came together to agree and if it goes ahead will be a wasted opportunity for a site that could contribute so much more to the area. Portobello deserves better.