City Plan 2030 – Housing Seminar

We want to include the views of people involved in housing in Edinburgh as we prepare City Plan 2030, so as part of our consultation we held a housing seminar last Friday and invited a range of people representing groups with a stake in building and providing housing.

We invited Councillors, colleagues and representatives from Homes for Scotland, Shelter Scotland and ESPC to present on a number of topics.

The event was kicked off by Councillor Neil Gardiner, Convener of the Planning Committee and Kate Campbell, Convener of the Housing and Economy Committee:

 

Speakers then talked about how to deliver the housing the city needs:

 

…and about the challenges and opportunities for housing:

 

After this a discussion was held amongst the groups of guests. All groups were asked “What makes a good place?”

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Themes which came up:

  • People and communities are key.
  • Early engagement in the planning process.
  • The importance of connectivity and infrastructure such as transport and schools.
  • Direct approach to bringing forward housing sites.
  • The right mix of tenures and housing types needs to be found to tackle high prices.
  • More certainty through long-term planning.

We enjoyed hosting this event and think the guests did too. We also found it very useful and look forward to having more of these discussions as work on City Plan 2030 proceeds.

We hope to post guest blogs in the future on the subject about what makes a good place to live. Watch this space!

City Plan 2030 – Housing Land Audit and Completions Programme 2018

The Housing Land Audit and Completions Programme sets out the amount of land available for house building, identifies any issues and assesses the amount of land supply against the targets and required land in the Strategic Development Plan.

We’ve produced a short video which helps explain where we are with land availability and housing completions in Edinburgh:

The audit we prepare has always provided an estimate of what is likely to be built on each site, each year.  The key change is that we now look at the supply of housing land, (managed by the planning system) and the delivery of new homes (by developers and landowners) as separate things.

This is better because we can see what is holding up the building of houses, and what can be done to increase the number of new houses.

Our report to the Planning Committee on 3 October 2018  shows that there is more than enough housing land, free from development constraints and that we are exceeding our five year target to build more houses.

The Review of the Scottish Planning System identified the need to be clear about how much housing land is required, and we want this new approach to help inform future policy and guidance.  We have shared this with other Scottish planning authorities and had the pleasure of winning a Scottish Award for Quality in Planning for our new way of working.

City Plan 2030 – Community Workshops Video

Watch this short video on how we have been engaging local communities in Edinburgh.

More updates on how City Plan 2030 moves forward will be posted here on the Planning Edinburgh blog.

We are holding an additional community workshop at Currie Library, 210 Lanark Road West on Monday 3 December from 6pm – 7.30pm. To book a place or to join the mailing list you can email the City Plan team at cityplan2030@edinburgh.gov.uk.

City Plan 2030 – Children and Young People Engagement

As we start to prepare City Plan 2030, we have been visiting secondary schools across Edinburgh, coinciding with the 2018 Year of Young People. We have been asking young people about what they think about their area, and what issues are facing the city.

To help us with this, we have been using the Place Standard Tool, which helps us to structure conversations about place – including the physical and social aspects, identifying the assets of a place, as well as areas where places could improve.

We have collected views from nine schools across the city including Queensferry High School, Craigmount High School, Wester Hailes Education Centre, Firhill High School, George Watson’s, James Gillespie’s High School, George Heriot’s, Liberton High School and Portobello High School.

We are now using the views collected to inform the preparation of City Plan 2030.

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What are the young people’s views telling us?

Although the issues raised and the results varied across the city depending on location and school, we can identify a number of key themes.

Parking and traffic was highlighted as an issue in relation to safety, space and sometimes making it difficult to walk and cycle safely.

Having a sense of control or influence was also brought up by a number of young people across the workshops. One attendee from the South East of the city said from “We rarely get chances like this to change our area”. And another said that they “feel like there should be more opportunities to get my voice heard in my local community.”

Edinburgh’s natural spaces were rated the best across the city. Many attendees mentioned their local favourites and appreciated that these spaces were open free and accessible.

Good quality public transport and a wide variety of bus routes were also mentioned as positives, as well as trams and trains which were highlighted as being of importance to young people.

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What next?

We are encouraging all young people in Edinburgh to keep up to date with the City Plan 2030 project by following this blog or following us on Twitter or using #cityplan2030.

For those that had views on transport and mobility in the city a major public consultation called ‘Connecting our City, Transforming our Places’ is also currently looking for the views of the public and we would encourage everybody to share their views by completing the online survey which is open until 12 November 2018.

There will be more opportunities to engage with the City Plan 2030 project moving forward – you can contact the City Plan team and/or subscribe to our newsletter by emailing Cityplan2030@edinburgh.gov.uk or find more information on the City Plan 2030 website www.edinburgh.gov.uk/cityplan2030.

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 cityplan2030@edinburgh.gov.uk.