Non-Material Variation Service
A Non-Material Variation (NMV) application is a proposal to change an approved development that will not significantly alter what was granted planning permission.
There is a new and streamlined way to apply for NMVs, and a new formalised Application Form and Customer Guidance for applying.
Almost 90 NMV applications since April & with this new service have been able to process them in a more efficient way.
NMV applications can also be paid for easily at any time using our secure online payment form on our website.
Please do not contact individual case officers with regards to NMVs as all queries and requests are being managed through the new process.
For further details, see this section of the planning web pages:
Community views sought on City Food Plan
Edible Edinburgh (the Edinburgh sustainable food partnership) is developing a City Food Plan and they want to start by listening to the views of communities.
To assist with this, Nourish Scotland is conducting an online workshop on Thursday 23 September 10:00-12:00 to help community and anchor organisations, such as Edinburgh Community Councils, engage their communities in shaping the City Food Plan.
Please download Eventbrite link HERE.
Update to CEC Planning Blog
The CEC Planning Blog providing a brief update on the City Plan 2030 project has just been updated. The blog can be viewed here:
It confirms that the Proposed Plan is due to be reported to the Council’s Planning Committee on 29 September. This is in line with what was announced earlier this year, in our Development Plan Scheme, but we’re now confirming the date of the meeting. The blog indicates when further information will be available on the period and arrangements for making representations on the Proposed Plan.
Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are high across Edinburgh, so we’re urging people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.
People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at:
- Wester Hailes Library from Monday 23 August to Saturday 11 September (closed Sundays)
- McDonald Road Library from Monday 9 August to Saturday 28 August (closed Sundays)
- Blackhall Library, Monday 30 August to Saturday 11 September (closed Sundays)
- Blackhall Mosque,1 House O'Hill Road, EH4 2AJ from Monday 23 to Thursday 26 August 9.30am to 4pm.
- Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, EH2 2LR from Saturday 21 August to Saturday 28 August (closed Sunday) 9.30am to 5pm
- Tumbles/Power League car park, 20 Westbank Street, Portobello EH15 1DR from Friday 20 August to Sunday 29 August 9.30am to 5pm
- Craigmillar Medical Practice, 106 Niddrie Mains Rd, Edinburgh EH16 4DT, from Monday 23 August to Saturday 28 August, 10.00am to 5.30pm and Sunday 29 August, 9.30am to 5pm
- South East locality office, 40 Captain's Road, Edinburgh, EH17 8QF, from Monday 23 August to Saturday 29 August, 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday 29 August, 9.30am to 5pm
We’re open from 9am to 6pm unless stated above and there’s no need to book. You can also pick up home testing kits from our centres at libraries. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.
If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119.
Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.
You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting
Please can you share this with your contacts in the community and encourage people to come along for testing.
Edinburgh ECONOMY STRATEGY consultation
The City of Edinburgh Council are seeking to hear the views of Edinburgh businesses, residents and stakeholders that support the city economy about the issues, priorities and actions to be taken forward to meet the needs of Edinburgh’s economy through recovery from pandemic and other long-term challenges.
The findings from the consultation and final draft documents will be brought for consideration by the Policy and Sustainability Committee on 30 November 2021. These will help the Committee decide the actions and priorities that feature in the refreshed Edinburgh Economy Strategy report.
The consultation opened on 28 July and closes on 22 October.
Awards for community-led built environment projects
MY PLACE AWARDS 2021 - 1 MONTH LEFT TO SUBMIT ENTRIES
The Scottish Civic Trust's My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality.
The 2021 Awards have two categories: the general Award honours recently completed projects (2018-2020); and the Sustainability Award honours projects completed between 2001 and 2011 that demonstrate continued fitness for purpose, as well as having a robust approach to climate readiness.
The My Place Awards are a great opportunity to showcase a project's success to the community, stakeholders and funders by receiving much-deserved exposure and media attention. Shortlisted entries will feature in a My Place exhibition - the 2019 My Place exhibition hosted over 12.3k visitors and built environment stakeholders.
HOW TO ENTER: Community groups responsible for a transformative, regenerative built environment project can enter through the My Place Awards entry form. The deadline for entries is 29th August.
Community councils may have suitable projects themselves, or know of others in their area - please circulate this email.
MORE INFORMATION.... bit.ly/AboutMPA
An introduction to the The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, the Edinburgh Pact and Community Council's role
The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership is responsible for delivering community and bed-based health and social care services for adults in Edinburgh.Read the full article is HERE
Spaces for People: moving forward recommendations report
I am writing to let you know that we have today (11 June) published the report on moving forward with Spaces for People. The recommendations in the report will be considered by the Transport and Environment committee on 17 June.
Consultation on ensuring the prosperity of the Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region
Your attention is drawn to a major consultation being launched on Monday 14th June with a view to informing the economic future of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region. For more information go to Consultations
Community Payback Orders consultation
The City of Edinburgh Council would like to hear your views on Community Payback Orders (CPO), which are given out by the Court to people to pay for their crimes as an alternative to a prison sentence. In particular, we would like to know what you think about the unpaid work part of a CPO which replaced community service in 2011. This is when an individual who has committed an offence does unpaid work in the community.
For the full article go to - Consultations
Message from the Local Governance Review Team
We are getting in touch to update you on latest developments from the Local Governance Review in light of today’s joint statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government and the COSLA President highlighting the importance of new arrangements for local decision-making as a means of building back better after the coronavirus pandemic.
Today we have published the discussion paper which would have provided the basis for the second phase of discussion on future scenarios for community decision-making had the pandemic not prevented this. This is also available in easyread, and we’ll be adding a Gaelic copy to our website shortly too!
We have also published our International Review of Systems of Governance and How Citizen’s Participate. This Review represents a valuable resource for future learning and reflection on how to create a coherent and mutually supportive system here in Scotland. A summary of the report is also available.
If you would like to be kept informed about the next steps in the Review process we would encourage you to sign up to our newsletter(if you haven’t already) and follow us on Twitter @CommEmpower – our policy page is also kept up to date:www.gov.scot/democracymatters
We would appreciate your help ensuring that the joint statement and our publications reach the right people.Our bulletin packages things up nicely so maybe you could pull from that or signpost out to that (our bulletin)
Kind regards, and please stay in touch.
The Local Governance Review Team