Housing Land Audit and Delivery Programme 2017

The Supply of Land

The Council use something called the Housing Land Audit and Delivery Programme (HLADP) to assess the supply of effective land for housing in Edinburgh.

What is effective land?

Effective land must be free of any constraints that could prevent the building of homes. These constraints can include:

  • who owns the land;
  • contamination;
  • how easily the land can be sold;
  • infrastructure (including roads and schools for example) and;
  • how the land is currently used or has been used in the past.

The Strategic Development Plan for South East Scotland sets out how many new homes the city needs. This figure is currently 20,222 to be built by 2026.

Our latest housing land assessment in October was the 2017 HLADP. We have identified effective land for 23,329 houses on a mix of both brownfield (55%) and greenfield (45%) sites.

Sites included in the 2017 HLADP are in the Local Development Plan or have planning permission.


The Delivery of Homes

The HLADP examines the supply of land and the expected delivery of new homes.

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The output target is a five-year segment of the housing land supply target. The delivery programme is the number of homes likely to be built over the next five-years. We calculate this figure in agreement with Homes for Scotland.

Accelerating Delivery Rates

Many factors, including the strength of the economy and the demand for housing, can affect the construction of new homes. Even if we have enough land, it won’t always mean that houses will be built.

The credit crunch has affected the construction of housing in recent years. Although the country is still recovering from this, completions have doubled in the last four years. Current build rates in the city are steadily growing.

We are working to find ways to further speed up build rates in the city. The diagram below highlights some of the factors we have identified.

HLADP table

What’s next for the HLADP?

We will be using the HLADP to update our next Local Development Plan Action Programme. We’re also doing work to identify potential interventions to increase the delivery of housing. That will be reported next year.

Look out for our next blog post about a housing site currently under construction in the city.


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.

Brunstane Area Placemaking exercise

The Place Standard events scheduled for Saturday 19th March and Tuesday 22nd March in Edinburgh College have been postponed.

This is being done to give us more time to align the event to cross boundary development issues in the Brunstane – Newcraighall – Musselburgh area. We will now be able to better coordinate with similar events being undertaken by East Lothian Council.

It is still the Council’s intention to undertake a Place Standard exercise in the area and information will be provided on this in due course.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Brunstane new community 3How good is your place?

The Council in partnership with Portobello Community Council and Craigmillar Community Council are holding a public event to get your views on how well your area works as a place to live.

This will be in the form of a placemaking exercise, using the Place Standard tool.

What is placemaking?

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

We can measure the success of a place through 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 can be improved.

How to get involved

This is a unique opportunity for you to get involved. This is the second time the Council has used this process. This approach was also used in a well attend series of events in Queensferry.

We’d like as many of the community as possible to get involve to help make the process work.

People will work in groups and a facilitator will ask you and other people in your group a series of questions. As a group you will have to agree on an answer to the question. There will be someone taking a note of what people are discussing. At the end of the questions a compass diagram will be drawn to show the output of the answers (like the one below).

Place standard compass
Place standard compass


PLEASE NOTE: This exercise does not replace the formal consultation process associated with any of the new housing developments in the area.

What next?

We are also working with East Lothian Council and Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council who are arranging separate Place Standard events for after Easter.

The outputs from all these discussions will help the Councils, the community and developers to better understand the needs of the community in light of future development.

For more information, contact:

Elizabeth McCarroll or Chloe Porter

Queensferry placemaking exercise

Queensferry Placemaking exercise update (October 2015)

Final dates 2We are holding a third and final community engagement event at Queensferry High School on Tuesday 27 October between 16:30 – 20:00. This event is for people who could not attend the initial events. Feedback on the initial events was very positive. 85% of participants that filled in a feedback form said they found the event was either ‘good’ or ‘really good’. 


Queensferry Placemaking exercise update (September 2015)

The two placemaking exercises have now been held and we’ve produced an Interim Report on the feedback so far.  We had a great response from approximately 100 people with lots of ideas and issues raised.  The local community have asked us to run another session for those couldn’t make it to these two sessions.  A date and venue for this are yet to be arranged, but if you’d like to attend please contact Lucy George and we’ll keep you posted.  We’ll also share the details on the blog and Twitter.

The Council, Queensferry and District Community Council and Queensferry Ambition will be holding a Placemaking exercise to get your views on what you think works and what doesn’t work so well in Queensferry.

What is placemaking?

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

Poster for the Queensferry placemaking exercise
Poster for the Queensferry placemaking exercise (opens as a PDF)

We can measure the success of a place through use of a tool called the Place Standard which has been developed by A&DS, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. This consists of a series of indicators that allow the community to assess things like access to green space, general maintenance of an area and perception of safety.

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

How can you get involved? 

We will take groups of people through the exercise in facilitated sessions. We’d like as many people as possible to take part.  This is the first time we have used this process and it will provide a unique opportunity for the community to get involved. It will build on the work undertaken for the Town Centre charrette.


  • Thursday 6 August between 4:00PM and 8:00PM
  • Saturday 8 August between 09:00AM and 1:00PM


Queensferry High School

What will happen after the exercise?

This process will give us lots of information about Queensferry which we can use to inform what we do as a Council and how new development can support the qualities of Queensferry.

The outcomes will be shared with the developers of the new housing sites identified in Second Proposed Local Development Plan so they can shape their proposals to take account of the strengths and weaknesses identified by the community.

One from the archive: Hopetoun Village Action Plan 1999

Following the interesting post by the Broughton Spurtle about ‘How Locals Shaped Hopetoun‘ we had a look through our archive files and found the Hopetoun Village Action Plan from July 1999.  We thought we’d share the action plan as part of the background to the changes in the area.

Hopetoun Village Action Plan 1999
Hopetoun Village Action Plan 1999

An exhibition of photographs from the area is currently on show in McDonald Road Library, and on Saturday 20 June 2015 there is a chance for residents to share their thoughts on the changes in recent years and what life is like today in Hopetoun. More details are available on the Spurtle website.

UPDATE: We’ve now uploaded a review we undertook in 2008 on what development had taken place and what planning permissions had been granted at that time.