We have published our new Development Concordat which sets out how developers, community organisations and the Council can work together to achieve good placemaking.
The Concordat seeks to help the city’s economic recovery by promoting collaboration. It builds on the values and principles of the 2050 Edinburgh City Vision which provides clear aspirations for what the city is looking to achieve.
The Concordat recognises the need for agility, flexibility and collaborative engagement between Council services, the development and business communities and community organisations. We all need to work together to address the City’s recovery.
Community Organisations are encouraged to promote the vital role in representing the views of the wider community when new developments are proposed and to work collaboratively with developers from pre-application through to post planning decision.
The Council will promote the ways that developers and representative community organisations can engage with each other and will promote a “whole Council approach” as an enabler of development to facilitate a more continuous “end to end” approach taking in all of the development functions of the Council throughout the whole development process.
Cllr Neil Gardiner, Convener of the Planning Committee, said
“Edinburgh attracts a wide range of major investments and developments and more minor applications which can be complex. It’s important that the process is as smooth as possible for applicants and that we give quality, consistent and timely advice at all times.
The Concordat highlights the need for early community engagement in the planning process.
Good collaboration is even more important at the moment and the Concordat will help us all work together to address the city’s recovery. This Concordat is about adding value and helping to create good places.”
The Concordat was approved by the Council’s Policy and Sustainability Committee and replaces the Edinburgh Planning Concordat which has existed in various forms since 2009.
Read the full Edinburgh Development Concordat here.
On 7 February 2019, we agreed changes to the way that decisions are made on planning applications and this has been in force from 8 February. Decisions on applications validated after that date will follow the new scheme.
A scheme of delegation gives officers decision-making powers on behalf of members. There are three main reasons for changing the scheme:
Firstly, to reduce the amount of householder applications dealt with by Committee to allow members to focus on bigger cases with a wider local interest.
Second, to give more prominence to objections or support comments from community councils when they are statutory consultees.
Third, to tidy up and clarify certain issues in the previous scheme such as the status of petitions and small changes to approved schemes.
These changes are part of our plan to improve our performance. The main changes agreed are:
Planning officers can now grant planning permission for householder development (house extensions and alterations) with up to 20 material objections.
Planning officers can now grant listed building consent for householder listed building applications with up to 20 material objections.
Planning officers can now refuse planning permission, listed building consent, advert consent, etc. for any application with up to 20 support comments.
A Committee decision is needed where there are unresolved objections from statutory consultees, including community councils where they have that status.
A Committee decision is needed where the recommendation is at odds with the views of the community council as a consultee.
We will monitor the operation of these changes and put a report to Planning Committee next year as part of a review of the scheme.
Full details of the scheme of delegation can be found on our website.
(Please note – due to a mistake these times have been corrected from a previous post, apologies for any inconvenience or confusion)
We will soon meet again with Ward Elected Members and Community Councils to update on the timetable for City Plan 2030. This will include updates on our planned consultations.
We want to connect with other community and amenity groups e.g. Residents Associations, ‘Friends of’ groups, youth groups, etc. It would be great if you would get in touch with us to book a place for your group at a session near you, so we can make sure we have enough space in advance.
On 27 February we held Community Council training on three topics. The topics were chosen by the Community Councils and included planning enforcement, social media and tree protection. Thanks to everyone who came along and took part in the discussions. For information we have included links to the presentations below.
The next Community Council training is planned to take place on 14 June 2018, and will focus on the next Local Development Plan and how this will shape the future development of the City (see presentation above).