Edinburgh World Heritage Site consultation – update

Hello again,

We’re bringing a quick update on the Old and New Towns World Heritage Site consultation.  There’s only two more weeks to go until the end of the consultation…

We’ve had over 400 responses since the consultation began at the start of July. It’s interesting to see that even though the shape looks different a number of key themes continue to come through, such as:

  • Control and Guidance
  • Contribution of new developments to city centre
  • Housing
  • Visitor management
  • Care and maintenance of buildings and streets
  • Influence and sense of control
Place Wheel interim results 18 July 2016
Place Wheel interim results 18 July 2016

This feedback is key as it will play an important role in shaping the new management plan.

Katie and I took to the streets last week, asking members of the public for some feedback on Edinburgh city centre. Have a listen…

If you’ve not already filled in the online survey it might inspire you to do so!

You can also download a copy of the survey and send comments to worldheritage@edinburgh.gov.uk

Katie and Luke

Meadows Festival – the feedback!

We were at the Meadows Festival to kick-start consultation on both the Old Town and the New Town Conservation Area Character Appraisals. Luckily for us, it was one of the sunniest Meadows Festivals we can remember! We were very pleased to welcome more than 550 people to our tent.

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We were there both Saturday 4 and Sunday 5th of June to get your views on recent developments in the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh.

The public were asked 2 questions per each new building:

Do you like it?

Does it fit within its environment?

Here’s a taster of the results; they were rather interesting…

If you’re interested in given us your thoughts, there is still time: Old Town developments (link https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/old-town-caca/consult_view).

The festival was a great opportunity to get the views from a wide range of people. Part of the next phase will be to speak to even more people including young people, who live in Edinburgh to find out what they love about their World Heritage city. We can’t wait, watch this space.


Jenny Bruce is the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site Coordinator, she is primarily based at the City of Edinburgh Council but also works with Edinburgh World Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland.

Contact: world.heritage@edinburgh.gov.uk

World Heritage and Conservation Areas – The Meadows Festival 4 & 5 June 2016

This year we’ll have a stall at the Meadows Festival to kick-start consultation on both the Old Town and the New Town Conservation Area Character Appraisals.  We’ll be there both days and will be keen to get your views on recent developments in these parts of the City.

The Meadows
The Meadows

We will keep you informed of progress and about opportunities to get involved in both the Old and New Towns World Heritage Site Management Plan and the Conservation Area Character Appraisal reviews on the blog and on Twitter @planningedin

Hopefully the sun will be shining and we see you there!

Planning and Building Standards – customer engagement

In June this year the Planning Committee approved a draft customer engagement strategy which explains how we intend to engage and communicate with all of our customers.  We are also proposing changes to our customer charter.  This sets out the level of service you should expect from us.

These changes are due to a number of factors such as increasing demand, how our customers access the service and how we can continue to improve performance.

We have two short surveys on the draft engagement strategy and our revised customer service charter and would appreciate your views on both. The consultation will close on 28 September 2015.