City Plan 2030 and draft City Mobility Plan – consultation update (25 March 2020)

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We know the current health emergency is affecting everyone. We want everyone to have a chance to give their views on two important plans that will shape how we live and work in the city in the future. You can now respond to Choices for City Plan and to the draft City Mobility Plan and associated environmental reports until 30 April 2020.

All the documents and information are available on line via the Future Edinburgh webpage.

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/futureedinburgh

You can comment on both the Choices for City Plan and to the draft City Mobility Plan via the consultation hub:

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/choices

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/mobilityplan

Future Edinburgh – Additional Consultations

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The consultation programme for our strategies for City Plan 2030 and for the City Mobility Plan is continuing, to encourage as many people as possible to understand what we want to do for the future of Edinburgh and give your views on how we shape and transform our city. We need to know what you think of our proposed plans:

  • Choices for City Plan 2030 sets out options for how we could develop our city sustainably over the next ten years
  • City Mobility Plan proposes radical changes as to how people and goods move around our city.

We have had a high number of responses already and we’d like to thank everyone who has responded so far or has come along to talk to us in person at our drop in events. The consultations will be open until Tuesday 31st March 2020.

In addition to the published engagement programme and our online we are holding two more events for those who would like to find out more or comment:

  • A drop in event to see the plans and talk to us in person about our strategy at Ratho Community Centre on Thursday 12th March 2020 from 4pm until 7.30pm.
  • A consultation hub surgery where if needed we can give one-to-one help to fill in the consultation at Currie Library on Monday 16th March 2020 from 4pm until 7pm.

You can read more about our Future Edinburgh consultations and give us your views here.

Keep up to date

You can keep up to date with the City Plan 2030 project by:

Visiting the website at gov.uk/cityplan2030

Subscribing to this blog at https://planningedinburgh.com

Following us on twitter at @planningedin

Join in the conversation by using the #cityplan2030 hashtag

Subscribe to the newsletter by emailing us at cityplan2030@edinburgh.gov.uk

Future Edinburgh – City Plan 2030 and our City Mobility Plan

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Shaping our city for future generations

Edinburgh has set an ambitious target for Edinburgh to be carbon neutral by 2030. We want everyone in every community to benefit from the city’s success, and make neighbourhoods great places for people to live in. To achieve our ambitious target, we need to make changes to how we manage and develop our city. This will be challenging.

We’ve already approved a programme to transform our city centre so that people come first. We’ve committed to building 20,000 affordable and low-cost homes by 2027. We’re committed to improving air quality by introducing a low emission zone.

These are just three of the many ways in which we’re working to meet our bold ambitions.

We’re developing two long-term strategies which will set out the way we shape and transform our city. We need to know what you think of our proposed plans:

  • Choices for City Plan 2030 sets out options for how we could develop our city sustainably over the next ten years
  • City Mobility Plan proposes radical changes as to how people and goods move around our city.

You can find out more about both projects at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/futureedinburgh

Respond to the Choices and City Mobility Plan consultations

The consultations on both strategies are now live and will run until Tuesday 31st March 2020.

Choices for City Plan 2030

City Mobility Plan

 Talk to us

The Choices for City Plan 2030 and the City Mobility Plan are about Edinburgh’s future and the city we leave for generations to come. Your views are important.

You can find out by speaking to us at our drop-in events and get help with filling out our online questionnaire at our ‘surgeries’.

Find out about our engagement events

Keep up to date

You can keep up to date with the City Plan 2030 project by:

Visiting the website at gov.uk/cityplan2030

Subscribing to this blog at https://planningedinburgh.com

Following us on twitter at @planningedin

Join in the conversation by using the #cityplan2030 hashtag

Subscribe to the newsletter by emailing us at cityplan2030@edinburgh.gov.uk

Revised City Centre Retail and Leisure Supplementary Guidance Consultation

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Click here to view and comment on the proposed guidance.

The Council prepares guidance for the City Centre under the Planning (Scotland) Act.  The guidance is a requirement of Policy Ret 9, Alternative Use of Shop Units in Defined Centres, of our Local Development Plan. We do this to guide shops and non-shop uses in town centres including the city centre.

The current supplementary guidance for the city centre was adopted in February 2017.  The guidance sets out the policies that apply to the city centre retail core, the boundary of which is defined on the LDP proposals map. The guidance sets out the circumstances where a planning application for a change of use from a shop to a non-shop use will be supported.

Since the original guidance was adopted there has been changes in circumstances that are likely to have an impact on the city centre such as; wider changes to shopping trends, the publication of our City Centre Transformation strategy, the publication of a retail and leisure study, the future opening of the new Edinburgh St James and many changes of use in the centre.

A stakeholder workshop was held on 29 May 2019 for interested stakeholders to raise concerns about the city centre, changes in circumstance and discuss options for amending the guidance to address this changes. As a result we have now prepared draft revised guidance for consultation.

The key changes to the guidance are as follows:

  • Altering existing policy covering Princes Street to provide significantly more flexibility.
  • Creating a new separate policy for Castle Street, Frederick Street and Hanover Street which is much more flexible that other named streets.
  • Altering the existing policy covering the frontages of other named streets in the retail core to be more flexible.
  • Altering the existing policy covering elsewhere in the city centre retail core, by determining changes of use based on streets rather than units in a row.

In addition, an issue related to food and drink uses is the use of outdoor awnings and fixtures which can be considered development and therefore requires planning permission. In the past we would not support such development due to its visual impact on streets and conservation areas and its effect on the use of public space.

However, we may use guidance to introduce policy for considering temporary planning permission for high quality fixtures in the right places. This will allow us to trial and assess the effect of these proposals in certain places.

The Council is now seeking comments on the revised guidance as well as views on the use of outdoor awnings and fixtures. The consultation exercise will last from 9 August to 20 September 2019 and we encourage all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the guidance via the Council’s consultation hub.

Following the consultation we will collate and consider the comments we receive before preparing the final version of the guidance for adoption.

Redford Barracks Place Brief – Consultation Event

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Last week we hosted the first two of three consultation events to allow the public, local interest groups and stakeholders to express their ideas about the future of Redford Barracks and its redevelopment. Thank you to everyone who attended the events at Colinton Bowling club and Boroughmuir Rugby Club. Around 90 people came long to speak to officers about future plans for the site and many more have made comments online.

The Ministry of Defence is proposing to dispose of the Redford Barracks in 2025 creating an opportunity to knit this large site back into the fabric of the surrounding area. In order to make the most of this opportunity, City of Edinburgh Planning Service will prepare a Place Brief setting out agreed uses and design parameters to guide the future development of the site. As part of this work we are asking local people and groups to give us their views on the site and surrounding area; taking into account elements such as:

  • Housing  including affordable and mixed tenure housing
  • Routes through the site for pedestrians, cycles and vehicles
  • The preservation of listed buildings and how they might be enhanced
  • Green spaces and trees and opportunities to create, enhance and improve them
  • What other uses might be appropriate for the site

The online consultation – open to anyone – is available here.

Are there any features of the site you want to see retained? Is there any part of the surrounding area you would like to bring to our attention? What uses would you like to see provided on the site?

Please fill out the online consultation and come along to our next event at Oxgangs Library on Tuesday 18 June from 2pm to 7pm.