On 31 July we submitted our ninth Planning Performance Framework to Scottish Government.
Since 2012, all Scottish planning authorities have prepared an annual PPF – they’re used by Scottish Government to gauge how a planning authority’s performing against a national toolkit of statistical and quality measures.
PPF 2019-2020 reviews the activity and performance of the Council’s Planning service between April 2019 and March 2020. It looks at the quality of outcomes on the ground, how well we’ve engaged customers and communities, our governance arrangements and how we’re embedding a culture of continuous improvement.
Fourteen case studies are highlighted, including: ‘Choices’ – City Plan 2030’s main issues report; the conversion of the former House of Fraser store on Princes Street to the Johnnie Walker Experience; the Granton Waterfront Development Framework; the Edinburgh Biodiversity Action Plan; and our new paid-for pre-application advice service.
The Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on how we deliver our service impacted right at the end of this year’s PPF period but it’s sure to feature heavily in next year’s submission.
The brief responds to the responses from a survey which was completed by local people from two community drop-in sessions and a community workshop held in early March. Around 90 people took part in these events. The survey was also completed online by 139 respondents. The questions were based on the place standard tool as launched by Scottish Government in December 2015 to support the delivery of high quality places.
The brief incorporates a set of high level development principles for the site. It will be used by the successfully appointed design team to work up detailed proposals for the site forming the basis of a formal planning application from the National Galleries of Scotland in due course.
Landowners, National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and Historic Environmental Scotland (HES) ultimately intend to deliver a building which will:
create a new facility that is the primary means of caring for their art collections.
provide sufficient quality space and security to centralise HES archives and house all NGS collections.
contribute to the regeneration of Granton, through the provision of social amenities, employment opportunities, cultural activities and economic stimulus.
work with Edinburgh College and the Council to develop a range of youth engagement, apprenticeship and internship opportunities in a variety of occupations, and
provide a gateway to the working of museums, galleries and archives for the Granton community.