Summary only: Leith Economic Framework

Closed 27 Feb 2015

Opened 16 Dec 2014



During 2014, the Council carried out an analysis of future jobs potential in Leith.  The study sits within the Council’s Economic Strategy: A Strategy for Jobs 2012-17. This study looked at:

  • Leith’s distinctiveness as a place
  • Leith’s business potential; and
  • the opportunities for improvement and development. 


From this, a Leith Economic Framework and Study Report have been put together.   Although it is a Council document, the emphasis is on working in partnership and Leith-led delivery to achieve its goals.

Reasons for Study

Due to uncertainty of whether investment in renewable energy would happen as anticipated, the study set out to explore options for new jobs in the area.

The study contains a number of position statements and also considers how Leith could benefit from a tram extension.

Main Findings

  • Deliver sustained improvements (eg gap sites, public art)
  • Tell Leith’s story positively
  • Stimulate new business by bringing more people to the area (eg events, attractions)
  • Improve signs, access and transport links (eg tram)


Why your views matter

During the preparation of the Leith Economic Framework, we consulted the main business-oriented groups active in Leith and some of the partners and staff who support the work of the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership.  We also studied many plans and reports. 

We have collated the available information to the best of our ability and are now keen to seek wider input from organisations, businesses and local residents. We welcome views to improve the quality of information in the study report and ensure that the jobs framework meets the expectations of the community. 

The Economy Committee of 18 December 2014 approved an 8 week period of consultation and requested a report-back in April 2015.

Please complete the following online survey to share your views. If you would prefer to provide your feedback on the framework and study by email please send your response to Alternatively, you can post your response to:

Stephen Hajducki

The City of Edinburgh Council

G.1 Waverley Court

4 East Market Street




What happens next

The views and suggestions received during the consultation period will be collated and analysed, and will be reported back to the Economy Committee in April 2015, together with any suggested amendments to the documents.

The final framework will also inform the next update of the Economic Development Service Operational Plan. 


  • Natural neighbourhood area - Leith
  • Natural neighbourhood area - Leith Links
  • Natural neighbourhood area - Leith/Easter Rd
  • Natural neighbourhood area - Seafield
  • Natural neighbourhood area - Western Harbour
  • Neigbourhood Partnership - Leith
  • Ward 13 - Leith


  • Minority Ethnic groups
  • Jobseekers
  • Older people
  • Businesses
  • Children & Young People
  • Civil and public servants
  • Elected Members
  • Professionals
  • Residents
  • Road users
  • Students
  • Visitors
  • Voluntary sector/volunteers


  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Cycling and walking
  • Parking permits
  • Parking spaces
  • Public Transport
  • Roads and pavements
  • Trams
  • Road safety
  • Traffic regulation
  • Economic development
  • Support for businesses
  • Community planning
  • Councillors and committees
  • Funding opportunities
  • Policies, plans and strategies
  • Community safety
  • Flooding
  • Council and housing association homes
  • Private housing
  • Council homes
  • Jobs and training
  • Jobs and training for young people
  • Volunteer
  • Arts and culture
  • Archives and local history
  • Museums and galleries
  • Parks and green spaces
  • Sport, activities and dance
  • Libraries
  • Conservation
  • Land and property
  • Local plans and guidelines
  • Planning applications
  • Permissions for development
  • Area regeneration
  • Nurseries and childcare
  • Schools
  • Youth clubs and participation