On Saturday 7 June we held community council training at the City Chambers. This gave community councils an opportunity to hear more about the work we do and how they can get more involved in planning in Edinburgh. We held a similar event on 27 May.
The event was well attended with 53 participants from 23 community councils. Following the welcome by Councillor Ian Perry (Convener of the Planning Committee) and an introduction by David Leslie (Acting Head of Planning and Building Standards) there were presentations about the Local Development Plan, major planning applications, how planning decisions are made and how we deal with enforcement issues. All the talks had a question and answer session and the community councils had a number of detailed questions which gave us the chance to explain things in more detail.
Workshop groups discussed how to get involved in the Local Development Plan process, commenting on planning applications and our use of enforcement powers. The groups had a healthy debate with various issues raised.
The comments we received will help inform how we communicate with community councils and how they can influence planning in their area. Feedback from the event has been positive and we intend to hold future events with ward members later in the year looking at other aspects of planning in Edinburgh. The advice notes, presentations and additional guidance covered at the event are all available on the Council’s website.