Planning for the future reaps rewards

The City of Edinburgh Council won two awards this week at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2018.

These annual awards, sponsored by the Scottish Government, celebrate achievements in planning, from the detail of processing to the bigger picture of creating places which will become the legacy of our professionalism.

The first award concerns Edinburgh’s new approach to the delivery of infrastructure in respect of its current Local Development Plan.

Edinburgh is a successful growing city. However, to address pressures on existing infrastructure such as schools, roads, greenspaces and healthcare and to ensure the city grows in a sustainable way, new infrastructure provision and enhancements associated with new development must be delivered.

To do this, the Council has developed a new and innovative approach to infrastructure delivery through its Local Development Plan Action Programme and Financial Assessment. This approach is now being used by the Council as a tool to coordinate the development programme for the growth of the city with funding and delivery of the infrastructure and services needed to support it.

The second award went to the ‘Housing Land Audit and Delivery Programme’. A housing land audit tracks how much housing has been completed in the last year, how much housing land the city still has and how quickly housing is going to be built over the next five years and beyond.

Edinburgh’s approach won an award because it clarifies the difference between housing land and house building, and through this approach Edinburgh has been able to identify what can be done to increase delivery of housing.

At a time when Edinburgh is experiencing unprecedented growth and development, the importance of a quality Planning function has never been more important and the judges recognised the collaborative approach that was being adopted to manage this growth.

Cllr Neil Gardiner, Planning Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Edinburgh is experiencing an unprecedented period of growth and development and the importance of quality planning has never been more crucial for the future of the city. I’m delighted that the collaborative approach adopted by the Council in managing this growth was recognised in the awards.”

The Council’s team were presented their awards by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning.



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