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.

New Planning (Scotland) Bill

The following Planning (Scotland) Bill was placed before the Scottish Paliament on 5th December 2017. We have made the three key documents available for you but it has been suggested that the most accessible paper is the Explanatory Note which accompanies the Bill.

Planning (Scotland) Bill

Planning (Scotland) Bill  - Policy Memorandum

Planning (Scotland) Bill - Explanatory Note

Local Development Plan Action Plan Briefings

Followign the briefings given in each Locality each Community Council will have received the presentations given for each Locality (Nov-Dec 2017). Below is a link to the complete presentations. 

Local Development Plan - Action Plan Briefing Presentation - All Localities  (PDF)

EACC Meeting of 12th October 2017 - Update

The meeting of the Edinburgh Association of Community Councils held on Thursday 12th October 2017 was attended by representatives of 17 Community Councils.

The key presentation was given by officers for the Development Plan Scheme of the City of Edinburgh Council's Place Directorate. They described a new methodology to assess housing land supply and delivery of the required housing to meet the Local Development Plan Scheme targets.  Both the presentation and report to the Planning Committee can be downloaded from the links below.  

Housing Land Audit & Delivery Methodology Presentation

Housing Land Audit & Delivery Methodology Report

Local Development Plan update to Edinburgh Partnership - 28 Sept 17 This has now been superceded. See Planning section.

The meeting also heard from members of the City of Edinburgh Council's Strategy & Insight Team on progress (or otherwise) of the new Locality Governance arrangements.

Approval of the Locality Outcomes Improvement Programme was given at the Culture and Communities Committee at its meeting on 5th December. It was emphasised that the Local Outcomes Improvement Plans (LOIPs) and the operation of Localities were "working documents". The reports then went to the Edinburgh Partnership meeting on 7th December at which agreement to form a review group to look at community engagement and the links between communities and the City of Edinburgh Council. More on this as it moves forward.



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.

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Concerns raised over 6 Storey Building in Corstorphine

PLANNING REFERENCE: 17/03433/FUL  -  Demolition of existing office building and development of 75 apartments - 33 Pinkhill, Edinburgh EH12 7BF

The matter having been raised at the last EACC meeting, it was agreed that the concerns raised by Mr Kerr (email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) be shared.

Mr Kerr has written to a number of Community Councils to make them aware of the above planning application which is currently being considered by CEC Planning Department. Its impact will result in a range of issues for local residents including privacy and overlooking, parking and traffic congestion, increased risk of accidents, pressure on local services and a significant influx of new residents and cars into a very small and condensed gap site of a former office building.

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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.

Edinburgh Local Development Plan - Notice of Intention to Adopt

Following publication of the Report of Examination by the Scottish Government reporters on 4 July 2016, all recommended modifications were accepted by the Council’s Planning Committee on 5 September.

We are now required, under Section 19 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006, to notify Scottish Ministers of our intention to adopt the Second Proposed Local Development Plan (as modified).  A formal notice will be published in the Edinburgh Evening News on 16 September 2016. Following a statutory period of 28 days, unless Scottish Ministers indicate otherwise, the Plan will be reported for formal adoption by the full Council, in either October or November.  Please note that there is no opportunity for any other parties to engage in the process prior to adoption. 

The Plan as Modified and a list of the modifications will be available for inspection from 16 September 2016 at:

  • the Council’s offices at Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street
  • Council libraries and
  • on the Council’s website: (click on ‘Second Proposed Local Development Plan’)

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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.

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Review of Scottish Planning Policy

Empowering planning - to deliver great places

An independent review of the Scottish planning system | May 2016

by: Crawford Beveridge, Petra Biberbach and John Hamilton

This document can be found HERE

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!!

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