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Edinburgh Civic Forum

About the Forum

The Edinburgh Civic Forum is an opportunity for community councils, local street associations, amenity and partnership bodies to discuss issues of common interest and keep up to date with local and national planning policy.

The Civic Forum aims to strengthen the dialogue between civic groups in the capital and the City of Edinburgh Council. It also aims to encourage greater interest and involvement in planning.

Who can join?

Membership is free and open to representatives of the following groups within the City of Edinburgh Council boundaries:

  • Community Councils
  • Street Associations
  • Area Associations
  • Amenity groups
  • Local interest groups

The Forum is not open to private individuals, political groups or commercial organisations.

The Cockburn Association is Secretary to the Forum and organises and minutes the meetings. The Chair is drawn from the Forum membership. The Forum is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Planning Department with meeting space provided in the City Chambers.

Membership application form


What is discussed?

City of Edinburgh Council officials and politicians attend the meetings and often give presentations to an agenda set in cooperation with Forum members. There is always time for questions, answers and further discussion. Specific developments or planning applications are not discussed at the meeting.

Previous presentations and discussions include:

  • Green Belt issues
  • Urban Design Standards
  • The Local Development Plan
  • Sustainable Energy Action Plan
  • The Edinburgh 12

Please call us on 0131 557 8686 if you are interested in the Civic Forum. All active Community Councils and affiliate members of the Cockburn Association automatically receive an invitation to attend meetings.