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City of Edinburgh Proposed Local Development Plan (2) Receives Committee Approval

20 May 2015

City of Edinburgh Proposed Local Development Plan (2) Receives Committee Approval

20 May 2015

The City of Edinburgh Council Planning Committee approved the Second Proposed LDP for submission to Scottish Ministers on 14 May.  The plan will now go forward to Ministers who will appoint a Reporter(s) to undertake an Examination into the many unresolved issues.  The Council hopes to have an adopted LPD by April 2016, five years since the process commenced.

No further amendments were proposed to the plan considered by the Committee despite a significant number of deputations by representatives from, and on behalf of, communities where significant land allocations are proposed.  Nevertheless, the Council identified the merits of the Garden District proposal (near Gogar) although not included in the LDP and left open the option for a Reporter to include that site.

Members were reminded of the importance of ensuring the plan went forward to Ministers as a matter of urgency.  Specific reference was made by the Committee Convener to the length of time it has already taken to progress the plan to its current position, which remains at least another year away from final adoption.

Ryden Planning Partner Marc Giles comments:

LDP 2 moves forward to examination by Ministers under a cloud of controversy.

Significant delays, controversial housing allocations, unhappy residents in areas such as Cammo, Brunstane and Craigmillar, as well as very real industry scepticism over housing land supply provision.  The general feeling from within the development industry is that the plan still falls well short in terms of meeting housing land requirements set out in SESplan and its supplementary SPG for Housing Land.

I fully anticipate the Reporter(s) to recommend significant increases to the proposed land supply and in doing so will allocate a number of those sites which the Council has sought to exclude from the LDP.

The Council heard many deputations from unhappy residents but simply cannot delay any further.

There is no up-to-date local plan and whilst this remains the case, planning applications for new housing development that inevitably end up at appeal will continue to be overturned by Ministers for this reason.  This was so openly exposed through the recent appeal decision at the Edmonstone Estate, Craigmillar.

That said, even assuming the current Proposed LDP is adopted in April 2016, the Council will immediately have to turn its attention to a fresh review of that LDP and recommence the process of preparing a new plan.