Strategy for Setted Streets

Stone setts add significant historic and cultural value to the streets of Edinburgh and are an important feature of our cityscape.

The City of Edinburgh Council has a duty to protect the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site, Conservation Areas and other historic parts of the city. This protection includes the setting of Edinburgh’s many listed buildings, where setted streets are an integral part of their identity and authenticity.

When they are not properly maintained, setted streets can have implications for walking, cycling and driving. Damaged setts are often replaced with alternative materials like tarmac as a temporary solution. This can result in an unsightly and uncared for appearance.

We are working in partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland to develop a strategy for the protection and maintenance of setted streets.

Have your say

To help inform the strategy we’d like to know what you think about setted streets and their value to the city. We are also interested to know what issues you think setted streets can have on our movement.

You can give us your views until Wednesday 11 October 2017.

World Heritage and Conservation Areas at the Meadows Festival – 3 and 4 June 2017

World Heritage at the Meadows Festival

This weekend is the Meadows Festival!  The World Heritage Team will have a stall to promote the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.  There will be information about the Site with cool maps, information leaflets on conservation of historic properties and activities for our younger visitors.  We’ll be at the festival on both days and are keen to get your views on the draft management plan for the World Heritage Site.

Fingers crossed for some sunshine and we hope to see you there!

World Heritage Day 2017

Promoting diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the efforts required for their protection and conservation… or something like that idk.

Emma’s blog post #5: World Heritage Day 2017

World Heritage Day 2017 is on Tuesday 18th April, and there’s an event you should go to at the National Museum of Scotland. It starts at 10, and runs through til 4 with workshops on the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh (which make the Edinburgh World Heritage site). There’ll be loaaaaaaads of stuff to do; Victorian materials, a brass rubbing map of the New Town, some World Heritage-related music… I’m also told there’ll be colouring involved. Get HYPED.

The event will also give you an opportunity to talk about the consultation for the Old and New Towns Management Plan, so you can help us manage the World Heritage Site.

You can learn about the statue of David Hume, on the High Street. It’s become a superstition that rubbing Hume’s right foot will bring good luck. Which is ironic, given that Hume believed logical thought is an answer to superstitious beliefs.

Or about the Sir Walter Scott Monument, the biggest monument to any writer in the world.

ORRRR you could find out about the ears of the Alexander and Bucephalus statue in the City Chambers courtyard. You wouldn’t think ears would be interesting. But you’d be wrong.


So do go to the event on Tuesday, it sounds like it’ll be good.

As such, I’ll be getting involved in the World Heritage Hour twitter event later on Tuesday, between 18:04 and 19:04. The theme: ‘tell us 5 extra-special things about your WHS’. Get involved even from the comfort of your own home, people, and use the hashtag #WHSHour so we can all appreciate Edinburgh World Heritage ~*together*~.

Also, follow @planningedin on Twitter or Instagram ok thanks.


Draft Management Plan for the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site … have your say!

Consultation is now open for feedback on the draft Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site Management Plan (2017-2022).

Draft Management Plan – Summary 2017

The draft Management Plan sets out issues and opportunities identified through a public engagement process over last summer.  Issues include care and maintenance of buildings and streets, awareness of World Heritage Site status and contribution of new developments.

Cockburn Street

During the summer last year, over 1000 people took part in a consultation and gave us their views on how they felt the World Heritage Site is being run.  What people told us has shaped the draft Management Plan.  The draft Plan sets out a number of actions which will be taken forward by the management partners – City of Edinburgh Council, Historic Environment Scotland and Edinburgh World Heritage.

The consultation will run until 5 June 2017.  Please take a moment to share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions.

There is also an opportunity to speak to us about the World Heritage Site on:

Watch this space for updates on the consultation over the coming weeks.

Celebrating World Town Planning Day 2016 and the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning


World Town Planning Day 2016

Today marks World Town Planning Day, an annual event which has been running since 1949, where planners from across the globe engage in activities to raise awareness about the importance of planning in their communities. This international day sees 30 countries celebrating the achievements of planners and their contributions to the communities that they serve by participating in various activities.

The theme for this year’s World Town Planning Day is “Cities and Climate Change: Local Responses to a Global Challenge” and will be discussed in an online conference on the Planning the World website later on today.

It is important on days like today to remember Scotland’s very own Sir Patrick Geddes, who was one of the founding fathers of the British Town Planning movement. Geddes was instrumental in the improvement of the Old Town in the 19th Century. Geddes’ theory was that in order to improve a place, you had to be a part of the community. He moved his family into James Court, which at the time was a near-slum off the Lawnmarket at the top of the Royal Mile. He started by improving the building in which he and his family lived, which then inspired his neighbours and wider community into communal action. He had proved his theory.

Our Tribute to Sir Patrick Geddes here at Waverley Court

Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2016

To coincide with World Town Planning Day, the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2016 will be taking place this evening. Tonight we will be attending the awards and we are delighted that two of our projects have been shortlisted. These are:

  • The Open Space Strategy 2010
  • The Planning and Building Standards Lean Reviews

As well as a joint submission with Fife Council for the Forth Bridge World Heritage Partnership Project.

The awards are run by the Scottish Government and this year they have introduced a new People’s Choice Award category.  This allowed you to vote for any of the submissions and includes our submission for the use of the Place Standard in South Queensferry.

We will update you as to how we get on.

Wish us Luck!