Community Councils and the Planning System

Information about the Planning System

Community councils have a crucial role to play in the planning system. Development happens to allow the city to grow for future needs and by expressing local views, community councils can have a real say in how this happens.

Planning Advice Note 47 on Community Councils and Planning on the Scottish Government website sets out how community councils can get involved in planning proposals. This includes details of statutory timescales and procedures for consultee status.

More up-to-date information can be found in the Planning Advice Note 3/2010 on Community Engagementon the Scottish Government website. This explains in more detail how community councils can influence development.

The Edinburgh Planning Concordat sets out how communities, developers and the Council can work together when development is proposed.

The Council is committed to helping community councils understand how the planning system works and how they can get involved. Training materials, guidance notes and presentations have been prepared to assist with this and can be downloaded below.

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