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.
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.
City Plan 2030
We are now preparing the proposed City Plan 2030. The timetable for preparing the plan and how you can get involved in the next stage of the process is set out in our new Development Plan Scheme.
As set out in the DPS, a proposed plan is now expected to be presented to committee in February/March 2020.
You can view the new Development Plan Scheme on our website.
Period of Representations
Following publication of the proposed plan, the next stage of the plan preparation process allows for comment on the proposed Plan, this is called the period of representations. Representations can be submitted to the proposed plan, either supporting or seeking change to the policies and proposals set out in the plan.
The impact of the current health emergency on the period of representations to the proposed plan is not known at this stage. It is not known if social distancing and/or lockdown measures will be still in place in 2021 to enable traditional, in person, engagement to go ahead.
However, if possible, some, or all, of the following activities will be used to raise awareness and encourage people to have their say on the proposed plan:
- Launch of proposed plan
- Publicity to raise awareness of proposed plan
Statutory neighbour notification
- Notification to those groups and individuals on the project mailing list telling them how to comment
- Staffed exhibitions in public places to raise awareness, if possible
Drop-in sessions to allow opportunity to find out more about consultation proposals, if possible;
- Best practice online/digital engagement (as guided by the Scottish Government’s digital planning programme) which could include virtual exhibitions, a planning engagement hub, webinars and online events, and
- Non-digital engagement - including opportunities to ask informal questions, telephone surgeries, printed newsletters, hard copies of documents, paper letters and engagement via other council services.
An update to the Development Plan Scheme will be provided at the time of publishing the proposed plan with the full details on how you can submit a representation to the proposed plan.
In the meantime, you can keep up to date with the City Plan Project by
- subscribing to our blog
- following us on twitter at @planningedin
- joining in the conversation by using the #cityplan2030 hashtag.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Quaich Project presentation
At the 2019 EACC Annual General Meeting a presentation was given on a major improvement project, namely the Quaich Project.
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.
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.