Roll up. Roll up. It’s time for you to decide what you want in the draft City Plan 2030.

Whether you are happy with planning and licensing in Edinburgh or not, this is one of those times where you need to …

Speak now or forever hold your peace“.

The City of Edinburgh Council is asking residents about our preferred Choices for the next City Plan.

These Choices are important. This is because when agreed, they will help the Planning and Licensing Committee decide on which applications should be given the all clear, and which ones should be declined.

40% of Old Town residents say the City of Edinburgh Council disregards residents. 33% more believe residents have no say and 14% believe tourism and students take precedence over residents. (page 39)

So, this really is one of those times where you need to “Speak now or forever hold your peace“.

The City Council is looking for your views on sixteen issues. These are grouped together under these four themes:

  • wellbeing
  • affordability
  • the City’s economy
  • getting from a to b

Some themes seem more important to The City of Edinburgh Council, than others.

While 44% of the document focuses on affordability, wellbeing gets just one-third of the attention (13%). The City’s economy grabs 24% and it’s 18% for getting about.

Each of the four themes, have four choices. The Choices we are especially keen for you to comment on, all carry an average of just 3% importance each. They are:

4. Creating Place Briefs – (page 12) Briefs would help residents have a say in how we want Old Town to evolve over the next 10 years
6. People, not Cars (page 18)
9. Not losing homes to other users (page 24) – it’s to do with short-term lets (STLs). While the Council Leader suggest STLs definitely will be licensed in 2021 here, some of his colleagues are not so sure here.
10. Sustainable communities (page 26) – do you want more student halls, homes, hotels, or student halls?
11. More affordable new homes (page 27)
13. Growth, innovation, Universities, Culture (page 48) – this one’s about having a greater focus on Festivals and Tourism
15. City Centre (page 54) – this includes building new hotels. Although the Edinburgh Hotels Association reported in February that some hotels rooms were unoccupied, even in peak season.

We would be grateful if you can take a few minutes to complete the consultation here.

The consultation closes on 30th April.

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