Letter from David Leslie Chief Planning Officer at the City of Edinburgh Council:
An upgrade of the Planning and Buildings Standards systems is planned for November this year. The upgrade will result in a number of improvements, such as making it easier to view documents, comment on planning applications and share information using social media.
The process to upgrade our systems will impact on the delivery of the service and the planning and building standards portal will be unavailable during this time. The weekly list of planning applications will not be issued and you will be unable to view and comment on applications.
The internal systems we use to manage applications will also be unavailable which means staff will have no access to planning and building standards records. Staff training and other activities are planned during this period.
Planning and building warrant applications can continue to be made online through eDevelopment. However, they will not be processed and will be held until our systems are back up and running.
Please share this with your constituents and others who may be impacted on during this period of downtime. We will be contacting community councils and other customers of the service.
Further information will be issued in the coming weeks. You can also keep up to date by following us on Twitter @planningedin or subscribing to the Planning Blog
David R Leslie
Chief Planning Officer
Boroughmuir High School (former site) – the second application to convert the former Boroughmuir High School site into flats has been approved by the Council’s planning committee. I was contacted initially by many constituent who were worried about the design of the affordable housing block on the first application. That application was refused by the Council and CALA Homes came forward with a renewed application which I believe addressed some of those concerns. Works will now begin on site.
Midmar Paddock – The owners of the much loved Midmar Paddock site have put the paddock up for sale for a second time. The community has again come together to oppose these plans. We must cherish and value our green spaces in the city and fight any plans to build on Midmar Paddock. For more information see above update.