It is hoped that Community Councils will contribute to this section especially with suggestions as to how best to approach any significant application. Lessons learnt would also be useful if an approach failed to work because something was missed out in the objection.

Public Spaces Management Plan - March 2021 update

Dear event and filming stakeholders - Continued from the Home page

Thank you for collaboratively engaging on our web portal. The engagement opened on 14 Oct 2020 and was originally planned to run until 23 November but following feedback it was extended until 20 January 2021.

The intention was to present a draft Public Space Management Plan (PSMP) to the 16 March 2021 Culture and Communities Committee for onward public consultation but the complex nature of managing events and filming in public open spaces, and the high level of exceptional and creative engagement by stakeholders, warrants the opportunity to conclude the development of the PSMP through further collaboration prior to public consultation.

Collaborative engagement has shown that there are many elements of the PSMP where there is broad agreement and elements where changes can be implemented by officers. There are also elements that are complex and require further dialogue, research, development and consensus.

We are proposing to establish a short life Working Group of stakeholders and officers to conclude the development of the PSMP (the Working Group will consider all PSMP elements). Stakeholders invited to take part in the collaborative engagement will be invited to join the working group, and the group can co-opt members. The Working Group outcome with a developed PSMP will be reported to the 14 September 2021 meeting of the Culture and Communities Committee.

A report detailing the above is being presented to the 16 March 2021 Culture and Communities Committee, seeking approval to proceed as outlined. That report and other papers for the meeting will be available on the Council’s web site the week before the meeting.

Apologies for this change but I am confident that it will lead to a better PSMP for Edinburgh. It also allows time to consider and align with the Winter Festivals 2022 Onwards consultation and the Fringe Society’s engagement with citizens, local communities and artists to influence what the Fringe looks like over the next few years.

Thanks again for your engagement with this.



Ian Buchanan | City Centre Programme

Invitation to a Planning Forum

Dear Edinburgh Association of Community Councils member

Planning Customer Forum Virtual Session 2 – Community Groups, Thursday 18 March, 15.00 - 16.30, Microsoft Teams

I am getting in touch to invite you to one of our virtual Planning Customer Forum sessions. 

The session, which will be held online at the above date, follows on from successful Customer Forums in 2019 and previous years.  It will be an opportunity for customers and Council officers to come together to share how we have all adapted to the challenges of the last 12 months, and to discuss how we can change how we work in 2021 and beyond.

This particular session is intended primarily for community groups, including community councils.

If you or a fellow community group member would like to attend the forum, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your details by 10 March.  Attendees will be contacted with joining instructions for the online meeting prior to the session.

I hope you can make it, and help us improve the Planning service for the benefit of all its different customers/stakeholders, and the city and its people.

Kind regards


Ben Wilson

Team Manager

Planning | Place Directorate | The City of Edinburgh Council

Changes to the scheme of delegation

Detailed on the link below are a few changes to the planning process:

  • Planning officers can now grant planning permission for householder development (house extensions and alterations) with up to 20 material objections.
  • Planning officers can now grant listed building consent for householder listed building applications with up to 20 material objections.
  • Planning officers can now refuse planning permission, listed building consent, advert consent, etc. for any application with up to 20 support comments.
  • A Committee decision (this involves Councillors) is needed where there are unresolved objections from statutory consultees, including Community Councils where they have that status.
  • A Committee decision is needed where the recommendation is at odds with the views of the Community Council as a Consultee.

As the link details, this will be reviewed after one year.

Zero Waste Scotland & PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) events

Zero Waste Scotland & PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) are partnering to run a series of free events for Community Councils/Community Groups across Scotland and we would like to invite you to attend.

  • Each event (run on Zoom) will provide an introduction to the Circular Economy as Scotland moves towards its zero carbon target by 2045, and an overview of the Scottish planning system, current planning reforms and of National Planning Framework 4. 
  • The planning system will play a key role in enabling Scotland to embrace the circular economy, reduce waste and achieve its zero carbon targets.
  • Please note – all 4 events will offer the same content with the aim of offering a range of attendance dates/options.

Please book your place using the registration links below – an automatic email with Zoom joining information will be generated.

Wednesday Feb 24, 2021 01:30 pm

Register for this event at

 Thursday Feb 25, 2021 05:30 pm

 Register for this event at

Saturday Feb 27, 2021 01:30 pm

Register for this event at

Saturday Mar 6, 2021 09:30 am

Register for this event at

Understanding the planning system

The community in general has only a limited understanding of the planning system and its operation and are often surprised at its rules and limitations.

Read more: Understanding the planning system

City Plan 2030 - timetable update

CEC are preparing a new Local Development Plan for Edinburgh called City Plan 2030. This will set out policies and proposals for development in Edinburgh through to  2030. City Plan 2030 will set out how we develop our city sustainably over the next ten years

Choices for City Plan

Our main engagement stage ‘Choices for City Plan 2030’ took place between January and April 2020. We received over 1800 responses to the consultation from organisations, community groups and members of the public. The responses to Choices for City Plan 2030 were reported to Planning Committee on 12 August 2020. The full Choices for City Plan consultation responses are available to view on our website.

Read more: City Plan 2030 - timetable update

Key Planning Links

The links on the right hand side are there to assist find relevant planning pages. This page will help provide guidance as to where you should go for advice on various issues. It is intended to build on this list but members are more than welcome to send in links they have found useful and they will be considered for adding. We are also going to build on this section with further articles.

CEC Planning letter to CCs

Dear Community Councillors

We are writing to make you aware of a recent change to our service.

We are adapting our service so that we can support communities and businesses across Edinburgh through this difficult time. Our aim is to boost online public input to planning processes so that we can make and issue decisions which will both help with a swift recovery and a positive future for the city.  To do this we have introduced ways for people to stay informed and comment on planning proposals despite the coronavirus lockdown.

We are now:

  • Starting our publication of applications that we have received since the lockdown commenced in March. 
  • Issuing neighbour notification letters by post, with the planning portal open for comments to be made on applications.   

Read more: CEC Planning letter to CCs

Statutory Consultee Status

Community Councils are Statutory Consultees. This is automatic for planning applications of 50 houses or more.

A Community Council can request to be Statutory Consultee for any planning application by requesting this with the case officer up to 7 days after publication in the Weekly List.

Comments Welcome

Planning during COVID 19 measures

Tell us how community councils are finding things during the current time.  In particular, we want to get a sense of how community councils are getting information on how the Council, specifically the Planning service, is adapting its services to the unfolding situation. 

Please let us know by sending your thoughts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can feed back directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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EACC belongs to every Edinburgh Community Council

Its aim is to provide support, advise and give a collective voice for community councils when facing the challenges community councillors encounter on an almost daily basis. No one person is more important than any other. All community councils have a voice on the EACC!!