Consultation Hub

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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

Members of the public were invited to have their say in how the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site should be run.

The survey was based around 14 key themes: awareness of the World Heritage status, maintenance of buildings and streets, moving around, natural space, city centre economy, guidance, new developments, housing, visitor management, sense of belonging, facilities, sense of control, safety, livability.

You Said

Some of the celebrated strengths (scoring 5/7 or more):

  • Natural Space
  • Identity and belonging
  • Livability
  • Feeling Safe
  • Facilities and amenities

Overall, the respondents are very satisfied with Edinburgh’s city centre as a place to live and work. The parks and green spaces were very highly rated and the city centre is felt to be safer than most the one’s of other comparable capitals. More lighting at night and a reduction of the traffic speed was suggested to create an even greater sense of safety in the area.

Edinburgh’s strong visual identity and its years of history were thought to be contributing to a real sense of pride and belonging to the city. The respondents felt generally positive about the level of amenities and facilities the city centre offers, as there is a wide range of offer and there are easily accessible.


Areas of debate (scoring 3 to 4/7):

  • Housing
  • Moving around
  • City centre economy

The cost of living, the city centre economy and the ease to move around were topics that generated a lot of comments.

Affordable housing is a key issue and it was felt that the city centre should be providing more affordable housing options to retain its resident population in the city centre.  And while the compactness of the city is seen as an asset, many said that traffic still dominates pedestrian and cycling movement. Opinion was divided as to whether the Royal Mile achieved enough for its residents as it is thought to be too geared towards tourists.


Recognisable challenges (Scoring 3/7 or lower)

Out of the 14 initial themes, the 6 themes that scored the lowest or engendered the most negative comments were:

  • Care and Maintenance of buildings and streets
  • Control and Guidance
  • Contribution of new developments to city centre
  • Influence and sense of control
  • Visitor Management
  • Awareness of World Heritage Site


When asked to think about the level of care and maintenance of buildings and streets, residents felt that there is still a lot to be done. Issues such as general litter and the quality of road and pavements were mentioned. Making sure that planning laws were enforced is critical for the respondents. Recent new developments divided opinion, the respondents are hoping for better quality and more innovative architecture that is respectful of the Old Town and New Town’s architectural context. 

The influence and sense of control is one area that could be improved as the respondents felt they were being asked to participate but failed to see the impact of this participation.

The balance between visitor and resident needs was a source of numerous comments. The Royal Mile attracts the largest number of tourists but is seen to not deliver enough for the resident’s population. While despite the fact the awareness of the city centre’s World Heritage site status was rated highly, respondents were mostly unaware of what it meant and what the benefits were.

We Did

We will use this feeback to inform the review of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site Management Plan (2017-2022).

For more information, see the planning blog ( )

We Asked

We asked parents/carers for their views on the current situation regarding early years provision and on the Scottish Government's plans for the future - increasing hours from 600 to 1140 hours for all 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 yeard olds.

You Said

We outlined four models of how the new hours could potentially be introduced and asked parents/carers to say which they thought was best.  They came back with a clear response.

We Did

We will use the findings of the consultation to inform which models are piloted in the lead up to the introduction of 1140 hours by 2020. 

New nurseries which will be open from August 2017 will offer provision throughout the year, including during the school holidays. 

For more information, see the Early Years blog


We Asked

This consultation sought responses on a number of policy options contained within the draft Supplementary Guidance. 

You Said

Responses in general showed broad support for the preferred policy options on the basis that greater flexibility will enhance and maintain vitality, viability and occupancy rates. However, a number of concerns were also raised which the finalised version of the Supplementary Guidance seeks to address.

We Did

The consultation responses have been fed into a finalised Leith Town Centre Supplementary Guidance which was approved at Planning Committee on 19 May 2016.