We have always strived to work collaboratively and proactively with both local and national government stakeholders to ensure a balanced and proportionate outcome for all. We wish to make clear that the ASSC is not averse to regulation; but we do challenge policies that are pursued while lacking a firm evidence base which will damage the livelihoods of our members.
It is with considerable regret that there is once again a presumption of bad practice attributed to the short-term letting sector by City of Edinburgh Council. The proposed planning policy is unfair, disproportionate and discriminatory, setting criteria that amounts to a de-facto ban on short-term letting despite all assurances to the contrary. By identifying only a small number of limited circumstances where short-term lets are to be permitted, for example those with a main door in an area that is “commercial” in character, this will mean that the vast majority of short-term lets will be refused, leading to an exodus of small tourist accommodation businesses, severely impacting the local economy which depends on tourism.
Overall, the ASSC believes that the proposed planning policy should be rejected on the following grounds:
It is our recommendation that within a Short-term Let Control Area, planning permission should be granted:
‘Established short-term secondary let property’ means:
A dwellinghouse that has been trading as a short-term secondary let property before the first date of the first approval at a Council Committee meeting proposing the establishment of a short-term let Control Area.
Read the ASSC’s submission: ECC STL Planning Guidance consultation response 12.12.22
 ASSC, Economic Impact of the Self-Catering Sector to the Scottish Economy (2021). Url: https://www.assc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Economic-Impact-Study%E2%80%93Scotland.pdf