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.

Current planning issues
Astley Ainslie Hospital  The health services now supported on the AAH site will transfer to new buildings at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in 2019. The owners (NHS Lothian) will create a master plan for the present site and then sell it to developers. The NHS has committed to consulting with the community over the next few months, as to how the buildings and grounds should be developed.  The masterplan will be put through the City Council’s planning process and become the framework for the site’s future development.

7 Canaan Lane (site of former public toilets)  The application for a 6-storey block of 11 flats was turned down at the planning committee.  An appeal has now gone to the Scottish Government Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA).  It can be seen on the DPEA website using the reference PPA-230-2211.  We have made a further submission to the Reporter reiterating our principal objections and supporting the City Council’s report, which details the reasons for refusing the application.   The Reporter will visit the site on Monday 23 October at 2.00 pm.   Those who objected to the original application have invited to attend and may “point out to the reporter the features of the site that relate to the appeal, the reporter is unable to enter into any discussion about the case”.

Edinburgh Rugby at Myreside Edinburgh Rugby has submitted a planning application for “Erection of two spectator stands, disabled viewing platform, television gantry, hospitality marquee, food and drink units, toilet facilities, and associated works/infrastructure. at George Watson’s College Grandstand Myreside Road Edinburgh”.  In essence, the application is to make the current temporary arrangements permanent though with an increased capacity (from approximately 4,500 to approximately 5,500).  There are other layout changes such as moving the stands closer to the pitch, turning a standing area into a seating area and reducing the size of the marquee.  The application reference is 17/04240/FUL.  The accompanying documents include a Noise Impact Assessment, preparation of which was a condition of granting the temporary application last year.

Other current issues for our area are flagged up at meetings via the Office Bearers’ Report, which is subsequently appended to the minutes.

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.