We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We Asked

What you thought of our proposed amendments to the Guidance for Householders and how we could improve it further.

You Said

Most feedback was supportive of the changes to the Guidance.  There were some suggestions for minor alterations and clarifications.

We Did

We reported the feedback and actions to the 17 August Planning Committee and made some amendments to the final version of the Guidance approved by Committee.  The Guidance is now approved and will be used to assist in assessing householder planning applications.  It can be viewed on the Council website.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements in Davidson's Mains Park

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme has been used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

We asked for suggestions for new street names to be used in future development.

You Said

We received almost 100 suggestions.

We Did

The suggestions meeting our criteria have been added to the street name banks for future use.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed New Town Conservation Area Character Appraisal.

You Said

The majority of the feedback was supportive of the Character Appraisal. There were some suggested areas of concern that detract from the special character and/or appearance of the Conservation Area that required highlighting with possible remedial measures proposed . The section covering the assessment of new development within the Conservation Area was specifically highlighted by respondents as of particular usefulness in helping mange change and development pressure within the area.

We Did

The feedback to the Character Appraisal  was used to strengthen the content and accuracy of the information and proposed measures detailed within the document. This has further strengthened the appraisal of the areas special architectural and historic interest helping manage change and new development within the area more effectively.  The revised appraisal can be viewed on the council website.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements on Dean Park Crescent at Queensferry Road.

You Said

The majority of the feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme will be used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the next steps are included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the  design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements on Lower Granton Road

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme has been used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements in Roseburn Park.

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme will be used in consideration of future potential design alterations after the 3-month trial.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

For you to share your history and stories about the Coatfield Lane area and to give your thoughts about the area and what should be built there.

You Said

We learnt a lot about the character of the area before the redevelopment in the 1970s and some of the positives about living there now (being near the shops, public transport)  as well as some of the key problems (parking, safety and anti-social behaviour).

We Did

Collective Architecture is developing proposals for the redevelopment of Coatfield Lane as well as wider changes to the area; this work takes into account the comments received. 

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed Draft Old Town Conservation Area Character Appraisal.

You Said

The majority of the feedback was supportive of the proposals. The wide variety of new developments selected for the case study of new development built within the life cycle of the existing Character Appraisal and the range of comments received about their individual architectural qualities  and how well they sat within their historic context provided a useful starting point for the review of the existing Character Appraisal. The questionnaire and additional comments received  help identify how well the existing Character Appraisal managed new development and where the new Draft Character Appraisal should be strengthened. 

We Did

The feedback to the scheme was used to evolve and improve the Character Appraisal. The Character Appraisal description of specific character areas within the Conservation Area was reviewed and strengthened in light of how it had changed since the approval of the existing appraisal. A specific section for assessing new development within the Character Appraisal was drafted to further strengthen the management of change within the area. 

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements on Bankhead Drive, Bankhead Avenue and South Gyle Access.

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme has been used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements on Balgreen Road.

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme has been used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements on Carrington Road.

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme has been used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

To inform the draft Open Space Strategy, the Council held a stakeholder workshop in May 2016 involving groups and organisations from across the city with an interest in open space.

Participants were asked to consider:

  • the different uses that greenspaces should provide, from small local spaces to large neighbourhood parks;
  • how greenspace could encourage people of all ages to keep active; and
  • the quality of greenspace in a sample of new developments.

Members of the public were then invited to have their say on the draft Strategy, including the ideas from the workshop, through an online survey.

The survey was shared via social media, Edinburgh Civic Forum, Neighbourhood Partnerships, Edinburgh City Libraries, park notice boards, Friends of Parks, Edinburgh Leisure, cafes and schools.

You Said

  • Overall, 86% of respondents thought the draft Strategy would improve Edinburgh’s greenspaces over the next 5 years.
  • There was general recognition of the value of Edinburgh’s open spaces towards health, biodiversity, wellbeing and the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
  • Clear support was expressed for ongoing management of the city’s parks according to the Green Flag Award criteria and for newly built parks to attain comparable standards as the city grows.
  • 64% of respondents thought play area quality had improved and 97% wished to see streets and greenspaces designed to encourage more informal children’s play.
  • 83% of respondents agreed the city’s green network had improved but that more could be done to connect greenspaces by foot, bike and to link wildlife habitats.
  • 94% of respondents agreed that communities should be able to improve local greenspaces to create meeting places, keep active and grow food.
  • 85% of respondents agreed that cemeteries should be improved to conserve local history and provide more attractive greenspace for residents and visitors.
  • 84% of respondents supported the long-term aspiration to create a series of multi-pitch sports venues.

We Did

Based on the broad support received for the Strategy’s principles, the final Strategy was approved at Planning Committee in December 2016 and can now be used to guide greenspace management and planning decisions.

Open Space 2021 puts renewed emphasis on the benefits of open space and the Strategy clarifies how open space is protected by Planning policy and legal constraints.

New targets were set in order to improve access to quality greenspaces and play areas over the next 5 years.

An update to the Edinburgh Design Guidance will explain how new greenspaces should meet the Strategy’s standards, based on comments from the stakeholder workshop.

In addition to continuing to raise the quality of public parks, the Strategy supports the creation of further community gardens, expansion of the Edinburgh Living Landscape initiative and improvements to cemeteries and burial grounds.

The basis of four Open Space Action Plans plans, aligned with Edinburgh’s Localities, has been agreed to support delivery of the Strategy.

The Open Space Strategy will be linked to a new Physical Activity and Sport Strategy.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for a cycle route and walking improvements at the junctions of Grange Road with Lauder Road, Tantallon Place and Lover's Loan.

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme has been used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements on Gilmerton Road, The Pillars path, Niddrie House Road and Hay Avenue.

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme has been used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements on McDonald Road.

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme has been used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed Portobello Conservation Area Character Appraisal  

You Said

The majority of the feedback was supportive of the Character Appraisal. There were some suggested areas of concern that detract from the special character and/or appearance of the Conservation Area that required highlighting with possible remedial measures proposed . The section covering the assessment of new development within the Conservation Area was specifically highlighted by respondents as of particular usefulness in helping mange change and development pressure within the area  These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below.

We Did

The feedback to the Character Appraisal  was used to strengthen the content and accuracy of the information and proposed measures detailed within the document. This has further strengthened the appraisal of the areas special architectural and historic interest helping manage change and new development within the area more effectively.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed New Town Conservation Area Character Appraisal.

You Said

The majority of the feedback was supportive of the Character Appraisal. There were some suggested areas of concern that detract from the special character and/or appearance of the Conservation Area that required highlighting with possible remedial measures proposed . The section covering the assessment of new development within the Conservation Area was specifically highlighted by respondents as of particular usefulness in helping mange change and development pressure within the area  These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below.

We Did

The feedback to the Character Appraisal  was used to strengthen the content and accuracy of the information and proposed measures detailed within the document. This has further strengthened the appraisal of the areas special architectural and historic interest helping manage change and new development within the area more effectively.

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 (https://planningedinburgh.com/category/world-heritage/ )

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed Draft Old Town Conservation Area Character Appraisal.

You Said

The majority of the feedback was supportive of the proposals. The wide variety of new developments selected for the case study of new development built within the life cycle of the existing Character Appraisal and the range of comments received about their individual architectural qualities  and how well they sat within their historic context provided a useful starting point for the review of the existing Character Appraisal. The questionnaire and additional comments received  help identify how well the existing Character Appraisal managed new development and where the new Draft Character Appraisal should be strengthened. 

We Did

The feedback to the scheme was used to evolve and improve the Character Appraisal. The Character Appraisal description of specific character areas within the Conservation Area was reviewed and strengthened in light of how it had changed since the approval of the existing appraisal. A specific section for assessing new development within the Character Appraisal was drafted to further strengthen the management of change within the area. 

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

We asked for views on the proposed Draft Portobello Character Appraisal.

You Said

The majority of the feedback was supportive of the proposals. The wide variety of new developments selected for the case study of new development built within the life cycle of the existing Character Appraisal and the range of comments received about their individual architectural qualities  and how well they sat within their historic context provided a useful starting point for the review of the existing Character Appraisal. The questionnaire and additional comments received  help identify how well the existing Character Appraisal managed new development and where the new Draft Character Appraisal should be strengthened.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme was used to evolve and improve the Character Appraisal. The Character Appraisal description of specific character areas within the Conservation Area was reviewed and strengthened in light of how it had changed since the approval of the existing appraisal. A specific section for assessing new development within the Character Appraisal was drafted to further strengthen the management of change within the area.

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.

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 Bruntsfield/Morningside Town Centre Supplementary Guidance which was approved at Planning Committee on 19 May 2016.

We Asked

This consultation aimed to gather feedback for the creation of the 2016-19 Antisocial Behaviour Strategy. The Consultation was on behalf of the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership, and aimed to hear directly from individual respondents, visitors and interested parties about their experiences or perceptions of antisocial behaviour in Edinburgh. 

You Said

Responses in general showed strong support for a focus on communication and engagement with local communities as part of the next Antisocial Behaviour Strategy.

We Did

The response outcomes have been fed into the draft strategy, and distributed to partners to inform our future approach to Antisocial Behaviour in Edinburgh.