Self-build housing register

There is a new requirement for Local Planning Authorities to prepare and maintain a list of anyone interested in acquiring land for self-build housing across the authority’s area. Self-build housing is where a person commissions or is personally involved in the design and construction of a dwelling intended to be their main home.

Self build flats in Bath Street, Portobello.
Community self-build flats: Bath Street, Portobello.

Registering interest will help us find out more about the demand for self-build across Edinburgh. While registration does not form an obligation for the Council to find or offer land for such purposes, we will use the information from the register to inform future planning policy and guidance.

If you are interested in self-build, you can join our register.

Council partners with community councils to seek views on regenerating Edinburgh’s coastline

A six-week consultation is asking residents, businesses and other interested groups how they think Seafield could be transformed and regenerated into a vibrant new 20-minute neighbourhood.

The consultation is being run by the City of Edinburgh Council and Seafield: Connecting Coastal Communities (made up of Craigentinny and Meadowbank, Portobello, Leith Links and Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Councils).

The local community is being invited to attend two events where they can give their views in person. Those attending will be asked what they like best about the area just now, what kind of housing they would like built there in the future and how the existing promenade could be improved.

The consultation is also seeking to get views from the local community on what other facilities they would like in the area such as health centres, schools and shops as well as how public transport could be improved. 

There is an online consultation survey for those who are unable to attend the following events – 

Thursday, 27 April between 3pm – 8pm at The Ripple Project Cafe, 198 Restalrig Road South, Craigentinny. 

Saturday, 29 April Between 12:30pm – 3:30pm Bellfield (Celebration Foyer) 16B Bellfield Street, Portobello.

Help shape Edinburgh’s transport future

A major consultation to help shape the way people move around, to and from Edinburgh got underway on Monday (17 April).

Future Edinburgh. Images of transport and movement modes.

A suite of action plans designed to support the delivery of the City Mobility Plan to 2030 (CMP) were approved for consultation by councillors in December and February.

Together, the Active Travel, Public Transport, Parking, Road Safety and Air Quality Action Plans aim to create cleaner, greener, safer, more accessible and affordable travel choices, while reinforcing the Capital’s Net Zero 2030 goals.

Each of the plans sits under the emerging Circulation Plan and its associated Streetspace Allocation Framework, which underpin the transition towards a less congested, more liveable, healthy and sustainable city.

Feedback is sought on all of the plans collectively, including via an online survey, public drop-ins, focus group and key stakeholder discussions and a toolkit to support community group involvement.

The consultation will run until 9 July and outcomes will be reported to Transport and Environment Committee later this year, culminating in the finalisation of each plan.

Respondents to the survey can share their views on proposals and priorities in a range of areas, including making streets more accessible, improving public transport and active travel networks, as well as achieving ambitious road safety targets and creating people-friendly, thriving neighbourhoods and shopping streets.

CMP actions support Edinburgh’s Net Zero 2030 target and aim to help drive down the number of kilometres travelled by car in the city by 30% by 2030, reduce air pollution and improve public health.

Find out more about the proposals and take part in the consultation online.

Changes to the pre-application advice service

Following customer feedback, we have undertaken a review of our pre-application advice service, with the proposed changes agreed by the Planning Committee on 24 March 2023.

The changes will provide consistency of advice, with a simpler fee structure to reflect full cost recovery.  Pre-application advice will continue to be the opinion of the planning officer and team manager and will not prejudice any subsequent decision taken by the planning authority.

Advice for householder development, advertising, simple changes of use and minor alterations to buildings will continue to be provided through the resources we have online.

Whilst providing pre-application advice is not a statutory planning function, providing this service helps to support the efficient operation of the planning system as it can improve the quality of applications and provide a level of additional certainty to applicants.

The changes were introduced on 1 April 2023.  Full details on the pre-application advice service, including the customer service guide and charges are on our website.

Once implemented we will be reviewing the updated pre-application advice service gathering feedback from customers through the feedback survey.

‘Conservation & Adaptation’ Consultation

Historic buildings and windows

Edinburgh has set an ambitious target for the city to be net zero by 2030. An important part of achieving this target is for all homes to be well-insulated and energy efficient. However, it is recognised that people who own listed buildings or own property within conservation areas face additional and unique challenges to adapt their properties to make them more sustainable for the future. The current cost of living crisis is also contributing to these challenges by affecting many residents’ ability to afford essentials such as heating, food, rent or transport.

We are asking for the views of people who own listed buildings or properties in conservation areas on the challenges they face when trying to maintain, repair and adapt their historic homes in response to climate change and the cost of living crisis.

A ten-week online consultation relating to these challenges will begin on Friday, 31 March. Feedback from the consultation will be considered by a short-term working group being established to discuss these challenges as well as any possible solutions. It will look at what can be done in the short and longer term and how any changes to planning guidance might adversely impact our built heritage.  

The consultation is available at