City Plan 2030 being progressed

Cllr Neil Gardiner, Planning Convener, writes in today's Evening News about how we are still progressing the City Plan 2030 following the rejection of SESplan2 last week.

There’s been a lot of comment in your paper this week about the Scottish Government rejecting the strategic development plan for South East Scotland (SESplan2).


This is a decision that together with our partners in the city region, we will consider carefully.


For growth in our city to be sustainable and inclusive it is vital that development is linked with infrastructure. Scottish Ministers rejected SESplan2 due to concerns over transport infrastructure. We must also get education, healthcare and green infrastructure right as well. These are areas which communities have told us are already under pressure.


To deliver and tackle these challenges we need joined-up plans which are realistic and deliverable. I look forward to working with Scottish Government, national agencies and our regional partners as we progress our next local development plan, City Plan 2030. This will ensure that growth in the city is based on the needs of communities and is fully sustainable. The plan will provide opportunity and guidance to the development community indicating how they can build for the long-term future. Going forward we need to be ambitious for our children and their children.


We’ll make sure that our plans for City Centre Transformation, Low Emission Zones and the overall City Mobility Plan are fully aligned with the forthcoming Plan.  But we must also work regionally to tackle cross boundary infrastructure issues, especially when it comes to transport. Integrating infrastructure  with development, together with providing a mix of uses locally, are key considerations going forward. In the context of sustainability we must also consider our city’s relationship with farmland, the outdoors and countryside.


To help us shape an inclusive and successful Edinburgh for years to come, look out for our consultation on the options for City Plan 2030 later this year. A detailed timetable will be announced in August.





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