Measuring quality in Edinburgh's built environment (South West and Pentlands)

Closed 31 Aug 2015

Opened 17 Jun 2015

Feedback updated 15 Apr 2016

We asked

For views on the quality of recent new developments. 

You said

70% of respondents felt that recent new developments had improved their neighbourhood’s appearance, and 22% felt they had not. When examined by locality, satisfaction was highest in the East (at 80%) and lowest in the City Centre & South (66%).

We did

Reported to the Planning Committee that there continues to be a relatively high level of satisfaction with the quality of development and corresponding very low level of dissatisfaction in terms of the survey.


This survey gives you the chance to let us know what you think about the quality of some new or changed buildings in South West Edinburgh and Pentlands. The survey includes six short video-clips and it takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The survey asks two questions:

  • How well does the building or site fit with its surroundings?
  • How attractive is the building (or site)?


Why your views matter

New buildings are the end result of the planning process. We are interested in your views of how this is working in Edinburgh. By taking part in this survey you are helping to shape the way new buildings may look in the future.

You may also wish to complete the survey for other areas of the city:


What happens next

After the consultation the data from the events and the online survey will be analysed and put into a report to the Planning Committee in December.



  • Neigbourhood Partnership - Pentlands
  • Neigbourhood Partnership - South West
  • Ward 2 - Pentland Hills
  • Ward 7 - Sighthill/Gorgie
  • Ward 8 - Colinton/Fairmilehead
  • Ward 9 - Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart


  • Homeless People
  • People with long term conditions
  • People with disabilities
  • Minority Ethnic groups
  • Carers
  • Jobseekers
  • Low income households
  • Older people
  • Businesses
  • Children & Young People
  • Civil and public servants
  • Elected Members
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual people, Transgender people (LGBT)
  • Men
  • Parents/carers
  • Professionals
  • Residents
  • Road users
  • Students
  • Teaching/Educational staff
  • Visitors
  • Voluntary sector/volunteers
  • Women
  • Taxi Licence holders
  • Amenity groups
  • Architects/designers
  • Built heritage groups
  • Community councils
  • Developers/investors
  • Development management statutory consultees
  • Development planning key agencies
  • Education institutions
  • External councils
  • Housing associations
  • Landowners
  • Libraries
  • Natural heritage/open space
  • Neighbourhood partnerships
  • Planning consultants
  • Professional bodies
  • Scottish Government departments
  • Services/utilities
  • Transport groups
  • Young people
  • Licence holders


  • Conservation
  • Land and property
  • Local plans and guidelines
  • Planning applications
  • Permissions for development
  • Area regeneration