General information on planning

Planning applications
You can use the Planning Portal on the City of Edinburgh website to search for information on planning and building warrant applications.  You can examine plans and read all the documentation. If you have any difficulty finding what you want, or if you want our advice or help about submitting an objection, contact us with the details.  You can also contact your Local Councillor about any local planning matter.The City of Edinburgh Council issues weekly Planning Bulletins listing new applications and decisions.  If you are trying to find details of a current or recent planning application, you can look up the Council Weekly Lists of planning applications or decisions online here.  However, if you know the address, it is usually easier to search using the Council’s “Simple Search”  facility here.   You can search by the application reference number or the address of the property.  If you don’t  know the street number, just enter the name of the street and scroll through the list.   The advantage of getting the information from the Weekly Lists is that the closing date for comments is stated and the Case Officer’s email address and phone number are also
given. 
The City Council produces a great deal of planning guidance and information.  The following might be of interest

City of Edinburgh Council Householder Guidance August 2017 – download from here
Bruntsfield/Morningside Town Centre Supplementary Guidance – download from here

Character Appraisal for Morningside Conservation Area – download from here

Character Appraisal for Plewlands Conservation Area – download from here

Map of conservation areas and trees with preservation orders (TPOs) here

Scottish Government Planning Review 2015 (consultation closed 1st December 2015)

A final paper has been published by Scottish Government following the consideration of comments on the planning system.  The document (Places, people and planning – Position Statement June 2017) will be reflected in a Draft Planning Bill to be put before the Scottish Parliament sometime in the autumn of 2017.

Planning Democracy (a community planning pressure group) report widely held views that the emphasis in local planning departments is now on delivery of economic development rather than making places special.