About the campaign

Save Leith Walk is a grassroots public campaign to prevent the demolition of a building, protect the heritage of the Walk, and celebrate the very essence of what Leith is. Please join us now.

After the Council’s unanimous rejection of the plans submitted by Drum Property Group, now is the time to ask for the shops to be reopened.

Please sign the petition to Open The Shops.

Leith Walk is about community.  It is about people working together,
people living together and people sharing together.    Developing a
community is more than a set of new building opportunities. Developing
a community is changing and supporting people’s lives.

We have listened to and worked with thousands of people about what
they thought Leith needed.   And out of this emerged a vision for
Leith as a well-connected society looking after everyone, including
people with special needs, elderly, young families and students.

This vision seeks to build on the strength of the existing community
and to create new ways of bringing people together.  They can enhance
the area, preserve its diversity and inclusivity, and contribute
towards Leith having a bright future in the 21st century.

Read this vision and let us know what you think;

Vision Summary:

Full Vision:



Community Planning Workshop

The Save Leith Walk campaign  invited the community of Leith to a Community Planning Workshop in January 2019 in order to develop an alternative vision for the land on Stead’s Place as well as the 106-154 Leith Walk red sandstone building. This event was an opportunity for the community of Leith to voice their wishes and needs in regards to development.

Here are some of the ideas which came out:

The event took place at:
Leith Dockers Club
17-17a Academy Street
EH6 7EE, Edinburgh

The proposed development

Drum Property group have submitted a Full  Planning Application  for a huge mixed development at Steads place, Leith Walk.

The Planning key details are:

  • Demolition of the red sandstone buildings at 106 – 154 Leith Walk, where a number of lively and well loved local businesses currently operate.
  • 471 Student bedrooms.
  • 56 bedrooms hotel.
  • 6-7 storey high buildings.
  • Only 53 ‘affordable housing’ flats.


Our Newsletter #1 is just out:

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