City Plan 2030 is published for comments

City Plan 2030 is a new local development plan for the City of Edinburgh Council area. When agreed, it will replace the existing Local Development Plan that came into force in November 2016.

We’ve published our proposed plan for the ‘period of representations’, which is the final opportunity for you to give us your comments.

The proposed plan sets out locations for new homes and businesses, where new infrastructure and facilities are required and how we will protect places of value. It also includes policies which will be used to determine future planning applications and will shape the city over the next 10 years and beyond.

Check out the interactive proposals map along with the accompanying Environmental Report and a range of background documents used to inform the plan.

The proposed plan, agreed by the Planning Committee on 29 September 2021, was prepared following careful consideration of the responses to the earlier ‘Choices’ consultation, assessment of national, regional and local policy and a range of background studies and appraisals.

Representations can be in support of or object to any aspect of the proposed plan, and should set out any changes you wish to see. Comments can also be made on the Environmental Report and background documents.

You can make representations on the proposed City Plan 2030 until 5pm on 20 December 2021.

Find out more

Visit the City Plan 2030 webpage for details of online public briefing sessions or you can keep up to date with the City Plan project by:

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  • joining in the conversation by using the #CityPlan2030 hashtag

Proposed Extension to the Leith Conservation Area

Plan showing proposed extension to Leith Conservation Area

The Leith Conservation Area was designated in February 1998. It comprises the former Madeira and Old Leith Conservation areas with extensions at Leith Walk, Kirkgate, Albert Dock and the Citadel. The Old Leith Conservation Area was designated in 1977, with a number of subsequent amendments and the Madeira Conservation Area was designated in 1975. The Conservation Area boundary was amended on 30 August 2013 to transfer part of Leith Walk and Pilrig Street to the Pilrig Conservation Area.

Conservation areas are designated under the Planning Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas (Scotland) Act 1997. Conservation areas are areas which have special architectural or historic interest that are considered worthy of protection.

In April 2020, an enquiry was submitted requesting that consideration be given to an extension of the Leith Conservation Area to include areas to the east and west of Leith Walk, on Manderston Street and Jane Street. The buildings comprise the railway arches associated with the former Leith Walk West Goods Yard and the abutment of the former railway bridge over Leith Walk (see plan above). It was considered that this would assist in securing the long-term future of Stead’s Place and protect the railway heritage of Leith.

The former Leith Walk West Goods Yard was on the Caledonian Railway’s Leith New Lines from Newhaven to Leith Docks. The goods yard occupied a large area to the south of Jane Street. Built because of intense rivalry with the North British Railway, it was opened for goods traffic in 1903. Stations were partly built at Newhaven, Ferry Road and Leith Walk but by then street tramway competition had removed the chance of passenger services being viable and they were never completed. By 1917 the line had been single-tracked and became in effect a long and underused goods siding.

Threading through a mainly built-up area involved expensive heavy engineering. The buildings fronting Leith Walk formed the abutments of one of the three massive lattice girder bridges on the line. The bridge was removed in 1980. Considerable demolition was also involved; in this case, the row of tenements which fronted 106–154 Leith Walk and the entire south side of Manderston Street.

The arches are now occupied by a variety of uses.  The present bingo hall at 24 Manderston Street was formerly the Leith Capitol Theatre and Cinema. It was the largest cinema in Edinburgh, seating 2,300, when it was opened in September 1928 by Gaumont British Theatres/General Theatre Corporation. The architects were J.M. Johnston and J.A. Ross.  The entrance is through one of the railway arches, which leads to the auditorium. The cinema closed and reopened as a bingo hall in July 1961.  It was then converted to a Top Rank Bingo Club and is a now a Mecca Bingo Hall. The building retains elements of the original interior Art Deco decoration.                                                                       

The buildings reflect Leith’s railway history and are considered to be of sufficient architectural and historic character to merit designation as an extension to the Leith Conservation Area.

We would welcome your views via the consultation hub .

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Edinburgh’s Proposed Designation of a Short-Term Let Control Area: Consultation Closing Soon

There are less than two weeks left to take part in our consultation on Edinburgh’s Proposed Designation of a Short-Term Let Control Area. which closes on the 5th November 2021.

Legislation introduced in April 2021 allows a local authority, subject to the approval of Scottish Government, to designate all or part of their area as a short-term let control area. 

It is proposed that the entire Council area is designated as a Short-Term Let Control Area.  

In the absence of a Control Area use of a dwelling for short-term let only requires planning permission if on assessment of the material circumstances it is considered a change of use has occurred.  Therefore, currently the use of many dwellings as short-term lets falls out with planning control.

A control area for Edinburgh, that establishes the need for planning permission for short-terms lets, would help manage high concentrations of short-term letting, control short-term letting in types of buildings where it is not appropriate and help ensure homes are used to best effect. 

For more information and details of the proposed designation take a look at our Planning Web page.   

To explore the designation in more detail focus groups will be held via Microsoft Teams:

Friday 29th October 11am-12:30pm – Visitors/Guests of STLs

Monday 1st November 3:30-5pm – Community Organisations and Individuals

Should you wish to attend we would be grateful if you could advise of attendance by e-mail to

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City Plan 2030 Update

Yesterday saw the proposed City Plan 2030 approved by the Council’s Planning Committee.

The proposed plan will now go on to its next stage and be published to allow for representations to be made. Details of the representation period and the engagement programme are to follow.

You can view the full report here:

Individual documents, including the plan’s written statement, can be viewed here: City Plan 2030 – background documents – The City of Edinburgh Council

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Edinburgh’s Proposed Low Emission Zone Consultation

Last week we opened a consultation on Edinburgh’s Proposed Low Emission Zone.

Low Emission Zones (LEZs) aim to reduce air pollution, since it presents a significant threat to public health. It is especially harmful to young children, the elderly and those suffering from pre-existing conditions, including heart and lung diseases.

We last updated you on the proposed LEZ on the Planning Edinburgh Blog back in December 2020.

They are being introduced across Scotland’s four largest cities: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee in response to dangerous levels of air pollution generated by road traffic.

LEZs improve public health by discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering an area. Benefits of this Zone will extend beyond the city centre by improving air quality, encouraging more sustainable travel and supporting the reduction of greenhouse gases across the city.

You can use the national vehicle checker to see if your vehicle is likely to meet the minimum emission standards.

The LEZ is planned to start the LEZ on 31st May 2022, however enforcement would not begin until 1st June 2024 – a ‘grace period’ of 2 years, which aims to help individuals and organisations to get ready.

Some exemptions will apply to the LEZ rules for example, disabled persons (including blue badge holders), historic vehicles and emergency vehicles as well as others outlined in the ‘Proposal to Make a LEZ’ consultation document.

The Council also has the powers to consider local ‘time-limited’ exemptions in exemptional and unique circumstances.

All details of the proposed LEZ are outlined in full in the ‘Proposal to Make a LEZ’ consultation document. This contains the following information:

  • Edinburgh’s LEZ Objectives and why we think the LEZ is required and appropriate
  • The proposed LEZ start date, operation times and grace period
  • The scope of vehicle types that will be included in the LEZ
  • Exemptions
  • Penalties
  • Map and a list of roads included in the LEZ

The Proposed LEZ will align with the Councils;

Why we are consulting

We are seeking views on the following proposed aspects of the Edinburgh LEZ:

  • city centre zone boundary
  • 2 -year grace period
  • local exemptions and considerations for impacted groups

We are also seeking to understand knowledge of LEZs and LEZ related support funds and those available for other sustainable transport options. The consultation period is running for 12 weeks, from the 28th June 2021 and closing on 20th September 2021.

Responses, comments or feedback can also be emailed to:,

or posted to: Low Emission Zone, Waverley Court G3, East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG

Depending on the volume of feedback received, it is hoped that a final LEZ scheme can be formally published towards the end of 2021 and agreed by the Council and Scottish Ministers early in 2022 before it is implemented in May 2022.