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.
Newly refreshed planning customer charters
Your attention is drawn to three newly refreshed customer charters which we published recently, and which your members may be interested in. They are:
- Planning Customer Charter
- Enforcement Charter
- Building Standards Customer Charter
They are all updates based on our previous charters. All are available, alongside the street naming charter, on the Council’s website here.
We’ve also recently published a blog at Planning Edinburgh which in particular focuses on the enforcement charter:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.