Building standards improvements and recruitment

We’re in the process of making some big improvements in our building standards service to speed up building warrant timescales and to improve the customer experience.

We’re looking for talent at all levels to play a key part in these improvements.  You might be a leader who’s keen to make a difference or you’re newly trained in a relevant field.  Or you may be looking to apply your experience in surveying, construction, project management, architecture or the trades to a different area of work.  We’re particularly keen to recruit people who have transferable experience in service design, IT systems development, customer service excellence and developing teams.  You can also read about the work of the service, the people who work there and the jobs they do.  Closing date for applications is 16 September 2018.

To help keep everyone up to date with our developments, we now have a “news page” on the Council website for updates on the changes. We’ll also post some blogs as this moves forward.

What we can say, is that the new posts and changes in the service are a great opportunity to get involved in Edinburgh’s growth and development, working in partnership with our planning team.

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City Plan 2030 – autumn community workshops

We have started to prepare a new local development plan for Edinburgh – City Plan 2030. Following on from meetings with Community Councils in March this year we are now holding a series of community engagement events across the city. At the workshops we will be asking for ideas for the new plan, including suggestions  for new planning policies and where brownfield sites could be developed.

The events will be held in these locations and times;

Area Date Venue
SW Saturday 15 September 2018 St Brides Centre, 10 Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, EH11 2DZ.

Event: 10.30am – 12.30pm,

registration and light refreshments from 10.15am

 NW Monday 17 September 2018 Rosebery Hall, High Street, South Queensferry, EH30 9LL.

Event: 5.30pm – 7pm,

registration and light refreshments from 5.15pm

NE Saturday 22 September 2018 Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

Event: 10.30am – 12.30pm,

registration and light refreshments from 10.15am

Monday 24 September 2018 Northfield and Willowbrae Community Centre, 10 Northfield road, Edinburgh, EH8 7PP.

Event: 5.30pm – 7pm,

registration and light refreshments from 5.15pm.

SE Thursday 27 September 2018 Edinburgh Council office, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG

Event: 5.45pm – 7.15pm,

registration and light refreshments from 5.30pm

If you would like to take part in an event, please book your place by emailing the City Plan team at

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Planning and Building Standards contacts

Earlier this month we made a number of changes to manager responsibilities in the Planning and Building Standards teams.  The updated leaflet below sets out what the teams do, who the managers are and how to get in touch.

Planning and Building Standards service leaflet 2018

Don’t forget, you can continue to access a range of our services online, including:

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Do you have a problem with a neighbour’s high hedge?

We might be able to help. If you’ve been unable to resolve the problem with a neighbour’s high hedge you can apply for a High Hedge Notice.

Read our guidance here, and once you have followed the required steps in the guidance, check out this video which shows you how to make a High Hedge application online.

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World Heritage at the Meadows Festival: 2-3 June 2018

It’s almost the Meadows Festival and for the third year, the World Heritage Team will have a stall to promote the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

At previous Meadows Festivals we spoke to people about the Management Plan for the Site, so this is a chance to see how this feedback has been turned into actions for the next five years….

World Heritage at the Meadows 2017

We’ll have information about the Site and activities for our younger visitors.  We’re celebrating the Year of Young People with a specially designed game – ‘Auld Reekie Through the Ages’ – a big box of 18th and 19th Century objects which help tell the stories of characters and places that shaped the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh.

Auld Reekie Through the Ages. Image © Historic Environment Scotland

We hope to see you there and fingers crossed for some sunshine!

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World of work – Firrhill High School and planning

Last week, pupils from Firrhill High School, spent two days with the planning service to experience the range of work we do and to give us their ideas on what the city could be like in the future.  The programme included:

  • Mapping how young people use the city
  • Sharing photos of their favourite places
  • Using the Place Standard to assess how the city works as a place for young people
  • A visit to the St James Centre redevelopment project
  • An exercise on what the issues will be for the next Local Development Plan and how best to engage young people

The feedback from the school was really positive, with the young people having the opportunity to learn more about the work of the planning service and the challenges for the city.  It certainly has given us lots to think about for the next local development plan.

We were also delighted to hear that the group of pupils who visited us, won first place as part of the school’s business placement exercise.

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Engaging children and young people in Planning

The planning service has over the years undertaken various events, workshops and engagement exercises with children and young people to help share what we do and get their views on planning in the city.  This has included The Forth Bridge short story competition, Shops in Town Centres and the Junior road safety and air quality events.

In December last year, working with PAS, we delivered three workshops with Hermitage Park and Craigentinny primary schools and Leith Academy.  Together we explored the role of planning and how the young people would like to see Leith and the wider waterfront area change in the future.  The storyboard below is a summary of the workshops. The full report on the workshops is also available.

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Last week the Council’s Planning Committee agreed a report which sets out how we can better involve children and young people in how we plan the city.

We were delighted that pupils from Leith Academy took part in the committee discussions to present their view of the workshops, what they thought was important about their local area and how they’d like to see it change in the future.  The discussion can be viewed on the Council webcast (Item 3.1).

We will be encouraging developers to engage with children and young people in major development proposals to ensure they have their say on the future of their city.  Our guidance for applicants will be updated to reflect this ambition.

What next?

It is the Year of the Young People and we are committed to better involving children and young people in the planning system.  We will be working in collaboration with other Council services and the Young Edinburgh Action programme to ensure we deliver more meaningful engagement.

In April we will be holding a ‘co-design’ session with young people. We hope they will help us shape how to best engage all children and young people in the next Local Development Plan and other projects.

As this progresses we’ll provide more updates on the blog, with a full update going to planning committee next year.

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