The Planning Service in Edinburgh – How are we performing?

Recently we submitted our fourth Planning Performance Framework (PPF) to the Scottish Government. This document not only explains how quickly we dealt with planning applications during 2014/15 but it also highlights the projects and activities we have been involved in as we deliver on the Council’s priority to make Edinburgh a great place to live, work and visit.

Planning Performance Framework 2014-15
Planning Performance Framework 2014-15 (opens as a PDF)

You can read the full document by clicking on the image but here’s some of the work we’ve been doing:

  • You may have noticed a number of new building projects have started in Edinburgh. These are because we’ve been negotiating and delivering permissions on developments across the City including 21st century housing (council housing), regeneration around Fountainbridge and Craigmillar and inner City sites such as Quartermile and the St James Quarter.
  • Producing award-winning design guidance and continuing our journey to make Placemaking the focus of new development, working with developers and local communities to create great places.
  • Making sure our natural and built environment are protected and improved by working with partners such as the Biodiversity Partnership and updating our conservation area character appraisals. We played a significant role in promoting the Forth Bridge as a World Heritage Site.
  • Developing a new customer engagement strategy to improve communication and helping communities to have their say.

Of course, how quickly we deal with planning applications is still important and considering a 6% increase in numbers, we have been doing very well.  The Scottish Government has just published the annual statistics for 2014/15 and, for local, major and listed building consent applications, our performance is solidly above the Scottish average. Householder performance is slightly below the average but overall we are very proud that we have been able to perform so well.  Sustaining this performance will be difficult as the Edinburgh economy continues to grow and puts pressure on resources.  However, as a service we want to keep improving and the PPF includes our service priorities that we are working on now. If you have any comments on the PPF get in touch at

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