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Scotland round-up: £500m Rosyth regeneration, £450m East Ayrshire resort

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 15 November-21 November, 2014

Master plan unveiled for Rosyth regeneration scheme

The master plan for one of Scotland’s largest urban regeneration schemes has been unveiled in Fife, with proposals for £500 million of investment and the potential to create 3,500 jobs. 

The Planner 

Developers submit plans for £450m resort in East Ayrshire

Plans to transform a former family theme park in East Ayrshire into a £450 million holiday and leisure destination with luxury chalets and more than 1,000 new dwellings have been unveiled.

BBC News 

Iconic Marcliffe Hotel site in Aberdeen set for 189 homes

Detailed planning permission is being sought for a major housing development on the site of Aberdeen's iconic Marcliffe Hotel, which house builder Stewart Milne wants to demolish and replace with 189 homes.

BBC News 

Plan to re-open Glendevon Quarry rejected by council

Perth and Kinross Council has refused a proposal to re-open a gravel quarry in the Ochil hills.

BBC News 

Buchanan Street steps in danger of demolition

An application has been lodged with Glasgow City Council to change the landscape of the city’s Buchanan Street. Under plans to extend Buchanan Galleries the popular steps leading to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall would be demolished, a prospect which has generated a petition with at least 11,000 signatures to save the steps  a favoured spot at lunchtimes and a popular site for holding demonstrations.

The Scotsman 

Edinburgh sets natural capital example

Edinburgh City Council has become the first Scottish local authority to join a ground-breaking initiative to protect Scotland’s natural life support systems - the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital. 

Natural Capital 

Six straths identified as important for Scottish wildcats

A new survey commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage has identified six important areas for Scottish wildcats. The Angus Glens, northern Strathspey, Morvern, Strathavon, Strathbogie (around Huntly) and Strathpeffer are recommended to go forward as priority areas for conservation action.

Scottish Natural Heritage 

Borders Railway - Maximising the Impact: A Blueprint for the Future

The economic and regenerative potential for south-east Scotland of the new Borders Railway has been highlighted in a strategy document just published called Maximising The Impact: A Blueprint For The Future.

Scottish Enterprise

Queen’s Hall forced to take down its adverts

The Queen’s Hall, in Edinburgh’s Clerk Street – one of Scotland’s leading ­performing arts venues - is at loggerheads with city leaders after it was forced to remove all advertising from the front of its building in a planning row.

The Scotsman 

A guide to the review of Scotland's first Land Use Strategy

The government has published an introduction to the review of Scotland’s first Land Use Strategy inviting views on what the next strategy – due to be published in 2016 – should contain.

Scottish Government 

Highland development sparks Seer prophecy worries

A Highland clan leader is to build homes near his historic clan seat at Strathpeffer, Wester Ross, despite fears that builders could disturb an ancient stone linked to the “Scottish Nostradamus”.

The Scotsman 

Fracking ‘can make Scotland energy world leader’

Chemicals giant Ineos says Scotland could become a world leader in ‘fracking’.

The Scotsman