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Scotland round-up: £25m Ben Nevis visitor centre, Ineos fracking deal

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 10 October-17 October, 2014

Ministers call in coal-bed methane project appeals

The Scottish Government has intervened in two planning appeals for the production of coal-bed methane in Central Scotland.

The Planner 

80,000 more Scots homes to get superfast broadband

More than 80,000 homes and businesses across Scotland could enjoy faster access to the internet under the latest phase of a £410 million superfast broadband programme. A total of 67 locations in 13 local authorities are to be given access to high-speed fibre broadband from spring next year onwards.

The Scotsman 

Ineos strikes fracking deal in Scotland

The operator of the Grangemouth site Ineos has extended its shale gas exploration licence with another deal thought to be worth tens of millions of pounds in another move by the multinational company towards fracking in Scotland.

The Scotsman 

£25m visitor centre and hotel plan for Ben Nevis

A £25 million visitor resort, including a “world-class” five-star hotel, is being planned in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain. Forestry Commission Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) have produced a plan for Leanachan, Fort William, next to Ben Nevis.

The Scotsman 

Help for first-time buyers

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess has announced changes to Help to Buy (Scotland) to support more people to get onto or move up the property ladder.

The Scottish Government  

Snoozebox set to create hotel in Aberdeen

Developer Snoozebox has lodged plans to create a hotel made out of shipping containers at Greenhole Place in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.

The Scotsman 

Dumfries plans for Scottish children's literature centre submitted

Planning approval is expected shortly from Dumfries & Galloway Council for Scotland's first centre for children's literature at a house in Dumfries that is said to have inspired novelist and playwright JM Barrie to write the Peter Pan stories. 

BBC News