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.

GICC Paper on Planning & Development

The Planning and Development Process in Edinburgh and the role of Community Councils and the wider community.

If the City of Edinburgh Council wishes to encourage and foster the democratic involvement of Community Councils in the planning process and indeed the participation of the wider community, whether activists and representatives of associations in the area or the concerned general public, it needs to facilitate a number of improvements in all stages of the process.

This includes the public consultations and exhibitions prior to submission of a planning application, the planning application process and the submission of comments, the post planning
approval stage where a number of important documents are fed into the planning system and the development construction period itself.

To access the full paper go to EACC Documents for Meeting Papers for 19th April 2018 

Please note, this document is the opinion of GICC and may not reflect the views of all EACC representatives

New Planning (Scotland) Bill

EACC has responded to a Questionnaire on the Planning (Scotland) Bill and our response can be downloaded below:


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.

For an interesting view of Scottish Planning go to the link to: Cliff Hague's (Cockburn Association) piece in the Scotsman, How good planning saved Scotland.

Local Development Plan Action Plan Briefings

Following briefings on the LDP given in March 2018 you can now download them here 

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.

Comments Welcome

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!!