John Bury is Head of Planning with the City of Edinburgh Council where he is responsible for the delivery of Edinburgh's planning and development activities.

His current role includes progressing development in the City’s priority areas such as the City Centre and Waterfront, the Council’s inputs to the strategic development plan for South East Scotland and the delivery of Edinburgh’s local development plan.

In his role, John also has experience of area based planning activity and projects as well as the management of the City's built and natural environment, including its World Heritage Site and the Council’s development management role.

Prior to his position with the City of Edinburgh Council, John worked with Glasgow City Council, latterly as Head of Planning Services. In addition to managing the Council's planning service, he was responsible for leading the Council's regeneration activities on the River Clyde and in the City Centre, as well as establishing the Council's Greenspace project and City Heritage Trust.

In addition to his current position at City of Edinburgh Council, John is a member and former Chair of the Heads of Planning Scotland; a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute; a member of the Chartered Management Institute; and a member of The Academy of Urbanism.

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Our Vision for Central Scotland

‘By 2050, Central Scotland has been transformed into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.’

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) will change the face of Central Scotland, by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

The CSGN is a national development within the National Planning Framework which aims to make ‘a significant contribution to Scotland's sustainable economic development’. It involves public agencies and stakeholders working together to align their policies, programmes and actions to achieve a common aim.