Local Development Plan Update: Our New Development Plan Scheme

After the Local Development Plan (LDP) was published, we asked you for your feedback on how well you had been involved.  The results of this survey can be viewed here.

The Development Plan Scheme

The newest Development Plan Scheme was approved on the 7 September 2017. Every Development Plan Scheme has a Participation Statement. This sets out how we will engage with the public as we get ready to prepare for the next LDP.

The planning system can impact everyone. So, it is important that all members of the public, community groups and organisations have their say about what’s in a LDP.

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Engagement Workshop we held for our current LDP at Thomas Morton Hall in January 2012.

Improving Engagement

This year, we have considered the feedback we received from the LDP engagement survey when writing our Participation Statement.

Following the public’s comments, we are now working towards raising better awareness of the LDP process and improving the opportunities for you to get involved with creating the Plan.

To kick things off, we are:

1) Writing a communication plan.

69 people responded to our consultation survey. We found that the majority were over 65 and retired.

As result, we now know we must find better ways to:

2) Engage with the 16 – 54 age group.

47/69 respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement that “I think that the Edinburgh Local Development Plan process was good“.

Because of this, we are working to understand:

3) Better ways to involve all community groups in the creation of our next LDP;

4) Your preferred method and frequency of update from us; and

5) How we can make it easier for you to comment on proposals and let you know how we use your comments.

What happens next?

We will keep you updated with the work we are doing to deliver the first LDP with a frequent series of blog posts.

Moving forward, these will begin to touch on preparing the next LDP – LDP 2.

A new Development Plan Scheme will be published in 2018 and will include details and dates of engagement activities that you can get involved in.

Maps (again)

Apologies for the erratic nature of my blogging, but as the student in the office, I’m working on a whole range of topics which gives me the chance to experience lots of planning issues. I’m not just here to make tea! HOWEVER, I have (fortunately for you, reader) found the time to write and henceforth publish yet another blog post.

Emma’s blog post #3: Maps (again)

The City of Edinburgh Council’s brand new all singing, all dancing interactive Local Development Plan (LDP) Proposals Map

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Just look at that colour coding

I apologise for that subtitle. Wasn’t very snappy. ANYWAY the map is actually very good. The new LDP was adopted at the end of November, and the map is now live. It shows the land allocations from the LDP, and the associated policies, so you can easily check which policies apply to your area (or your house, if you’re just having a nosey). You can click on your area/site (house), and all the policies pop up with links to the LDP document. Let’s use Leith as an example, because I may or may not live there.

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(This isn’t actually where I live)

Click somewhere on the map, and up pops a dialogue box where you can flick through the different categories that apply to the area. And hyperlinks are in there that take you straight to the written policies. It’s a pretty useful bit of kit. AND: it can be used on your mobile device, so you can check your policies on the go. You can flick through the different layers, there, on the right. Turn some off, turn more on. Whatever tickles your fancy. You can even scribble on it, or leave text boxes, if you were so inclined.

BUT WAIT! There’s more. There’s a whole “other” section on the layers list. Here, you can see data sets like “Education” and “Derelict and Vacant Land” etc etc. AND THEN you can map these onto different basemaps, to see what has changed over time.

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^^ That ^^ is all the “other” data, mapped onto an aerial picture of Edinburgh from 1940, and I think it shows quite well how things have changed since then. So some structures are the same, but some have transformed drastically… Like Leith Academy on top of what looks to have been a train depot?

So that’s that covered: New map for the LDP. Check it outtttt.

Feel free to leave a comment with any planning-related topics you would like to see covered in the blog – I’m open to suggestions (FYI: I’m obviously eager for my posts not to be about maps every time). I’ll try my best to enliven anything you suggest. I know some people think planning can be a bit dull…  but I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s ALWAYS EXCITING.

Emma

Consultation on Draft Supplementary Guidance for Developer Contributions and Infrastructure Delivery

Hello All,

Following the Edinburgh Local Development Plan adoption, we were quick to publish an Action Programme which sets out how the Plan will be delivered. This is especially important to put the new policies in to place.

One of the new sections in the Plan outlines policies for when developers need to contribute money towards schools, roads, streets and parks as a result of the impact their development will have on the local community.

To support the new policies and how they will be delivered in the Action Programme, supplementary guidance on Developer Contributions and Infrastructure Delivery will be finalised in the New Year. You can comment on the draft guidance until 3 February 2017. Your views will be used to inform the final content of the guidance.

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The Draft Supplementary Guidance

Thank you,

George.

Edinburgh Local Development Plan Process Online Survey

Hello All,

Following the last blog post about the Edinburgh Local Development Plan, you will know that the Plan has now been adopted. The process to prepare and adopt the Plan was lengthy and complex and included input from thousands of people at a number of stages. To help us find out what worked and what could be improved, we’d like to get your feedback.  So if you were involved in the Plan process or know someone who was, then you can have your say about the project using our online survey.

It’s important to us that we get your feedback as we will use the results to inform how we design and carry out the next plan project. The results of this survey will help us reach  more people in the next project, so that the Plan has more widespread support.

Thank you,

George.

Edinburgh Local Development Plan Adoption

Hello All,

As you may or may not be aware the Council adopted a local development plan for Edinburgh  yesterday. The preparation of the Plan has been a real team effort which has included staff from Planning and other services as well as many members of the community engaging as the Plan has evolved towards the final version. So a big thanks to everyone for their contribution.

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The Edinburgh Local Development Plan front cover.

The Edinburgh Local Development Plan is the first plan of its kind for Edinburgh and is the first single development plan to cover the whole planning authority since the 1965 Development Plan. The adoption of the Plan supersedes two local plans which were both older than 5 years.

We want to update people on the Plan more frequently as we move forward and implement it. Therefore, we will be providing more regular updates at key stages in the delivery of the Plan.

If you would like to see how the Plan was formally adopted, then you can watch the webcast from the Full Council meeting on 24/11/2016.

A more in-depth look at the Edinburgh Local Development Plan will follow on from this post next week, explaining what the Plan means for Edinburgh. So keep your eyes peeled.

Thank you,

George.