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RTPI Learning Partner Profile - City of Edinburgh Council


The Planning and Building Standards Service is part of the Services for Communities Department of the City of Edinburgh Council. Planning is charged with setting the vision for the physical development of the city and managing current developments through the statutory planning service. It is also responsible for a range of Council-wide data and information management tasks.

There are two groups within the service:

Development Management processes planning applications, carry out planning enforcement duties and give advice to developers and the community. It handles one of the largest casework loads of any local planning authority in the UK with around 5,500 planning applications and 750 enforcement cases per year.

Development Planning provides the Council with planning policy services. These include preparing, implementing, monitoring and reviewing the statutory guidance for developers. It also provides specialist advice on conservation, design, landscape, natural heritage, biodiversity and urban forestry, as well as a planning and research information service.


Training & development highlights

  • Personal development plans
  • Team training plans
  • Staff development group with regular meetings to support staff
  • Graduate support provided within Development Planning and Development Management


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