Helping communities affected by COVID-19

(from the Scottish Government website)

An additional £350 million will go to those most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The funding will be made available to councils, charities, businesses and community groups and designed to be flexible, cutting down on red tape to enable them to respond swiftly and according to local need for people impacted economically or through reduced contact with society, including anyone struggling to access food.

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 30 January 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (No 1 Construction Phase), at 200 Bonnington Rd, on Thursday 30 January at 5:30pm Continue reading

‘Community right to buy’ event

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

The Scottish Government Community Land Team are holding a free event at Eric Liddell Centre, Edinburgh, 7th April 2020. The event will give an overview of the various types of community rights to buy that communities can use, practical advice on how to become a compliant body and the application processes. If you would like more information or are interested in coming along please follow this link to our Events page and book your place.

If you have any queries then please get in touch at

Kyle Anderson
Community Land Team (Community Right to Buy)
Q Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD
Tel: 0300 244 9822

Consultation on updating the planning performance and fee regimes

adapted from an email from the Scottish Government

Recently, the Scottish Government published a consultation on updating the planning performance and fee regimes which will run until 14th February 2020. This was a key action identified in our work programme which was published in September 2019. The consultation reflects Scottish Ministers’ commitment to the principle that any increases to planning fees must be linked to improved performance.

The consultation seeks to move planning fees towards covering the costs of determining applications for planning permission as well as seeking views on what additional services which planning authorities provide should be subject to a fee, the circumstances whereby an authority may reduce or waive a planning fee and the introduction of charges for appealing planning decisions.

Transforming Planning in Practice – action under way

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

Having recently published the work programme for our planning reforms, we are now putting it into action.

We have laid four sets of regulations in the Scottish Parliament, to bring various parts of the Act into force.  We’ve published a note explaining what the regulations do, and when they will take effect.

We’ve started discussing with a range of people how early work on Regional Spatial Strategies might shape up and have been raising awareness of the NPF4 engagement that will begin early next year.  You can find out more and keep up with future developments on our blogs.

As outlined in the work programme, preparation of a consultation paper on reviewing the Planning Performance and Fee Regimes is well underway.  To help inform the consultation paper we held a series of workshops with a wide range of stakeholders from 21st to 24th October and a summary of those discussions is due to be published shortly.  Keep an eye out for that and the forthcoming consultation.

We have published our Sustainability Appraisal and proposed work programme on reviewing Permitted Development Rights.  Early priorities include measures to address the global climate emergency, rural economy and digital communications, as well as looking again at Hill Tracks.  We would welcome comments on the prioritisation and the sustainability appraisal by28 January 2020.

If you are on Twitter you can get updates as they happen from @ScotGovPlanning.

How to keep up to date: Follow Scottish Government Planning and Architecture Division

LHNCC **approved** September minutes

(The following has exactly the same content as the draft minutes at However, this post records their formal adoption on at LHNCC’s October meeting.)

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 7pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against an item. Continue reading