We recently published an updated Planning Enforcement Charter which explains the Council’s approach to investigating potential breaches of planning control. The enforcement charter is updated every two years and was recently reviewed by Committee in early December to outline the key changes.
The Charter provides useful information on what a breach of planning control is, how to report potential breaches to the Council, how we will carry out investigations, and what the possible outcomes of an investigation might be. The Charter also explains that the purpose of planning enforcement is to try and resolve breaches and mitigate any harm being caused, however, if a breach cannot be resolved through negotiation the Council may take formal action and in the most serious cases this can lead to fines or prosecution. The enforcement investigation process is summarised in the flowchart below.
Members of the public have an important role in bringing potential breaches to our attention and this is reflected in the high number of enquiries we receive each year. When reporting a potential breach it is important to provide as much information as possible. This can include copies of any relevant photographs and should include a description of how you are affected by the breach – your identity will not be disclosed during the course an investigation.
As explained in the Charter, it may not be proportionate or necessary to pursue minor breaches where there are no unacceptable impacts, and enquiries which involve listed buildings and conservation areas, short term lets, protected trees and serious harm to residential amenity will be a priority for the enforcement team.
We hope you find the Charter useful and informative. Further information on how to report a potential breach is available on the Council website and you can view enforcement enquiry records via the planning portal.
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The 20th of December saw the end of the consultation period for submitting formal representations to the proposed City Plan 2030.
The Council will now carefully consider the representations received. Once the Council has completed its deliberations the proposed plan, along with its representations, will be submitted to Scottish Ministers for formal examination. The indicative time scale for that stage of the plan process is set out in the approved Development Plan Scheme.
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.
The consultation hub contains the plan in full and you can comment on each section in turn or simply navigate to the part you wish to comment on.
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, while also developing our city for a net-zero future.
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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:
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.
A series of online briefings sessions have been taking place and the following are still to come:
24th November 5:30pm – 7pm (South West (west) Edinburgh)
Overview of City Plan 2030, key proposal sites and how to use the consultation hub.
25th November 4pm – 5:30pm
Overview of City Plan 2030, along with information on how the strategy and policies relate to existing business uses and economy policies.
2nd December 1pm – 3pm
Citywide session, focusing on policies, city centre and how to use the consultation hub.
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.
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.