Designation of the whole City of Edinburgh Council area as a Short-term Let Control Area

Adapted from email received by the New Town & Broughton Communty Council on the recent approval of a city-wide Short-Term Let Control Area which will come into effect on 5th September 2022.

Also note the link to the current (final) consultation  on a mandatory licensing scheme for all short-term lets which coincidently closes on 5th September 2022.


Following the consultation, in which you participated, and approval by Planning Committee to proceed with designation of a Short-term Let Control Area in Edinburgh, the Scottish Government approved the designation of the whole City of Edinburgh Council area as a Short-term Let Control Area for the purposes of Section 26B of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 on 27th  July 2022.

The area of designation corresponds with the administrative area of the City of Edinburgh Council.

A map of the area of designation showing the boundary is available on the Council’s website www.edinburgh.gov.uk/stlcontrolarea and is available for inspection by any person at the City Chambers Reception, 249-253 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ at the following times:

            Monday to Thursday:  between 9am and 5pm

            Friday: between 9am and 3:30pm.

The designation will come to effect on 5th September 2022.

Upon the designation taking effect, use of an entire dwelling that is not a principal home, as a short-term let will be a material change of use requiring planning permission.

Further information can be found on our website.

Separate legislation introducing a mandatory licensing scheme for all short-term lets in Scotland was approved earlier this year.  This will require all short-term lets to be licensed by July 2024.  A licensing scheme for Edinburgh is being developed, you can give your views on our Consultation Hub until 5 September 2022.


STL Control area team

Planning & Building Standards | Sustainable Development | Place Directorate | Tel: 0131 200 2000 | The City of Edinburgh Council,  Floor G.3 Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG  | email: STLcontrolarea@edinburgh.gov.uk

Next NTBCC meeting – 11 October 2021 : Registration Details & Summary of Discussion Items

The New Town & Broughton Community Council monthly meeting will be on Monday 11 October 2021 at 7:00pm.

We’re continuing for now with an online event as we’re unaware of any changes to either Edinburgh Council or Scottish Government guidance, the community council feels that it’s still appropriate that this meeting will again be held by video conference, using the Zoom platform. However, along with other coommunity councils, we are looking at options that may allow either 100% in-person meetings or a hybrid model (some attending in person but also with a remote link) but don’t expect this until 2022.

We look forward to as many residents as possible from the New Town & Broughton Community Council area joining us for this.

If interested – please register via Eventbrite here 

The full agenda for these meetings will be posted on our website, https://www.ntbcc.org.uk/meetings/ when available but a precis of discussion topics is shown below.

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NTBCC January meeting summary – Mike Birch, Transport convener

Another well attended virtual meeting – peaking at 47 attendees including yet another excellent turnout of NTBCC members as well as local City of Edinburgh Councillors Mowat, Osler and Mitchell and our MP, Deidre Brock – their presence, as always, very much appreciated. It was a time to say farewell to one of our long-standing Community Councillors, Jonathan Finn, who has recently served as both Treasurer and Licencing Convenor. We also welcomed Ken Lochrie, who was formally adopted as a new Associate member as a temporary representative for the Drummond Civic Association.

After the problems that some people had accessing the meeting last month, we were all relieved that normal Zoom service returned. As always the agenda was very packed but due to the excellent marshalling of our Chair, Carol Nimmo we managed to finish the discussion within two minutes of the scheduled time!

The Police Scotland report highlighted several burglaries of business premises and further cases of vandalism occurring within the New Town as well as their continuing efforts to respond to reports of Covid-19 breaches but no details of the number of fixed penalty notices were provided. There was also mention of Operation Watchnight for Hogmanay, which was unsurprisingly reported as being the quietest in many years.

Much of the meeting was taken up with Planning issues. Richard Price, who as always is on top of all matters to do with Planning in our area, provided an excellent summary of the status of the key planning applications.  We also had a brief presentation from the team responsible for the plans to develop 12-14 Picardy Place into a new 67-bedroom hotel with an enclosed rear courtyard bar and restaurant (incorporating The Outhouse bar). This presentation coincided with   the formal submission of the  planning applications but the developers had already presented to the NTBCC Planning committee in late October but it was helpful that a wider audience  got an early sight of the final plans and the opportunity to ask the developers questions about the impact on neighbours and the environment.

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