Reviewing the Edinburgh Design Guidance – your views

The Edinburgh Design Guidance is being reviewed and we’d like your comments on the proposed changes.

South Queensferry housing

The revised draft guidance has a number of key changes including the Parking Standards (for new developments), advice on Build to Rent Housing and protected views to the Forth Bridge.

Have your say.

You can give us comments using the online survey, which also contains a link to the draft revised Guidance.

We are also holding two consultation workshops on the Design Guidance on Monday 15 May, in the City Chambers.  If you would like to attend, please email us the following details to

  • name
  • contact details
  • organisation (where relevant), and
  • workshop preference – 15:30-17:00 or 18:00-17:30

Consultation on the guidance will close on 2 June 2017.

Princes Street / South St David Street

Southside Place Standard Online Survey

Hello All,

Last week (22nd and 26th November) we ran a couple of Place Standard events at Southside Community Centre. The events were generally well attended, with some really good feedback from both sessions.

Following on from these events, we are now running a short online survey using the questions from the Place Standard tool, which, if you live, work or spend time in the Southside, we would love it if you could spare 5 -10 minutes to complete it.

Just a reminder of what the Place Standard is, it is a tool to evaluate the quality of a place. There are 14 questions which cover the social and physical elements of a place. Each question is given a score out of 7 based on what people think and feel, 7 being excellent and 1 being poor.

The results of the events and the online survey will help to inform future policies and change in the area, so it is vitally important that you have your say on what needs to be improved.

The Southside
The Southside

Thank you in advance for taking time out to complete the survey.


The Southside Place Standard


The Southside Placemaking Exercise

The City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with various organisations from the Southside, will be holding a Placemaking exercise to get your views on what you think works well and what doesn’t work so well in the Southside.

The Southside

How to get involved

We will be carrying out a placemaking exercise using the Place Standard tool which has been developed by A&DS, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. We will take groups of people through the exercise in facilitated sessions.  We’d like as many of the community as possible to get involved to help make the process work.

The Place Standard wheel shows how people scored different aspects of their area. 1 being very poor, 7 being excellent. (This is an illustrative example and not the scores for the Southside).

This is the third time we have used this process, so we know it is a successful tool.  It will help inform the Town Centre Supplementary Guidance and the Southside Locality Improvement Plan.


Tuesday 22nd November

  • 1st Session 17:30
  • 2nd Session 18:45

Saturday 26th November

  • 1st Session 10:00
  • 2nd Session 11:00


Southside Community Centre

Please let us know if you’re interested in coming along to one of the sessions by contacting

What is Placemaking?

Places that work well for the community have a significant influence on the health and well-being of individuals. The opposite is also true – places that do not work well have a negative impact on health and well-being. The aim of placemaking is to create successful places.

We can measure the success of a place through the use of a tool called the Place Standard . This consists of a series of indicators that allow the community to assess things like access to greenspace, general maintenance of an area and perception of safety. This tells us where a place is succeeding and where it is failing.

The Scottish Government’s policy on Architecture and Place – Creating Places sets the context for how we can deliver great places.

What will happen after the exercise?

This process will give us lots of information about the Southside and how it works well as a town and where it doesn’t and we can use this to inform what we do as a Council and how new development can support the qualities of the Southside.

This is not just another consultation, it is an opportunity to make a difference to the area in which you live, work and visit.

Information regarding these events is also  available on the City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation hub.


Corstorphine Place Standard


Luke and Katie have gone back to university and have left their successful Planning Edinburgh blog in the capable hands of myself (George) and Emma. We are planning students from Newcastle University and are here for a year, so keep your eyes peeled for blog updates on what is happening in the city in the coming months.

The first event I would like to tell you about is the Place Standard activity that I attended on the night of Tuesday 23 August in Kirk Loan Hall at Corstorphine Old Parish Church. The idea of the event was to give people an opportunity to assess a variety of aspects of the place in which they live.

The Place Standard is a tool to evaluate the quality of a place, and it is easy to use. There are 14 questions which cover the social and physical elements of a place. Each question is given a score out of 7 based on what  people think and feel, 7 being excellent and 1 being poor. The interesting part of this exercise comes during the discussion of each question, because everyone around each table has to go agree on a score for each question. So if you have two people who are polar opposite on an issue such as facilities and amenities, it does create some entertaining discussion.

Once all 14 questions had been answered and eventually agreed upon, the results were drawn onto a simple diagram which can be seen below:

Corstorphine DiagramAs you can see, the people who attended are very positive about their area. Although, it is also clear that traffic and parking is a big issue. That is why we do this exercise, it is easy to see what is working well and what needs to be improved upon, and for people to give their views and have a chance to express their feelings about the place in which they live and be able to show them a visual representation of what they think of Corstorphine at the end of the activity. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and it was great to see people feeling empowered and listening to what they had to say.

There are more Place Standard events coming up if you would like to get involved.

Corstorphine Placemaking 1
Deep in discussion…


Corstorphine Placemaking 2
Showing the people the completed diagram based on what they had said.

Anyway that’s all for now folks.


Place Brief: National Collections Facility at Granton Waterfront

On 19 May 2016 the Planning Committee approved a ‘place brief’ for the National Collections Facility (NCF) site at Granton.  The brief provides non-statutory planning guidance to help deliver a visitor destination at this important site near the city’s waterfront.

The brief responds to the responses from a survey which was completed by local people from two community drop-in sessions  and a community workshop held in early March.  Around 90 people took part in these events.  The survey was also completed online by 139 respondents.  The questions were based on the place standard tool as launched by Scottish Government in December 2015 to support the delivery of high quality places.

The brief incorporates a set of high level development principles for the site.  It will be used by the successfully appointed design team to work up detailed proposals for the site forming the basis of a formal planning application from the National Galleries of Scotland in due course.

Landowners, National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and Historic Environmental Scotland (HES) ultimately intend to deliver a building which will:

  • create a new facility that is the primary means of caring for their art collections.
  • provide sufficient quality space and security to centralise HES archives and house all NGS collections.
  • contribute to the regeneration of Granton, through the provision of social amenities, employment opportunities, cultural activities and economic stimulus.
  • work with Edinburgh College and the Council to develop a range of youth engagement, apprenticeship and internship opportunities in a variety of occupations, and
  • provide a gateway to the working of museums, galleries and archives for the Granton community.

If you have any queries about the brief get in touch with us at