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Edinburgh Civic Forum

Posted on 23 Feb 2017 by Marion

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.


At our next meeting we will take a look at the The Planning Review 

 In 2015 Scottish Ministers commissioned an independent panel to undertake a review of the planning system. The resultant report - Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places – has now led to a consultation paper on the future of the planning system in Scotland - Places, People and Planning, with a closing date for comments of 4 April. The consultation paper has a number of key proposals under four broad headings:

 • Making plans for the future

• People make the system work

• Building more homes and delivering infrastructure

• Stronger leadership and smarter resourcing


At the Civic Forum on 7 March, Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) will deliver a workshop on the proposals to gather ideas which we will then feed into the Council’s response to the consultation paper. PAS is doing a similar workshop with pupils from Castleview Primary School’s Primary 7 class and some of the pupils will be coming along to the Civic Forum to share their ideas. This is significant given the consultation paper’s focus on encouraging all members of the community, including children and young people, to have their say.  We also hope to have members of the Scottish Youth Parliament at the event.