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Scotland round-up: £50m boost for Tay region; Inverurie homes green-lit

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 5 January-11 January, 2018

£50m boost for Tay region

An additional £50 million investment in the Tay Cities Region has been announced by the Scottish Government to support manufacturing businesses and the delivery of the Cross-Tay Link Road. The money is in addition to that allocated under the city-region deal.

The Planner

Inverurie homes green-lit

Aberdeenshire Council has approved planning permission in principle for more than 700 homes and community facilities on the outskirts of Inverurie at Crichie.

Scottish Housing Now

Edinburgh panda rehousing holds up hospital homes conversion

Proposals to transform a former hospital next to Edinburgh Zoo into housing have been approved, but no work is permitted to start until two giant pandas at the next-door Edinburgh Zoo have been moved to a new enclosure, currently under construction.

Edinburgh Evening News

TV and film studio complex mooted for Dalkeith site

The company with plans for a major film and TV studio near Edinburgh has been thwarted by a tenant farmer who has lodged plans for a different site at Saltersgate, near Dalkeith in Midlothian.

Edinburgh Evening News

Hydro-power threat to Highlands glen

A clutch of small-scale hydro power schemes is threatening to spoil Glen Etive in the Highlands, according to Mountaineering Scotland.

BBC News

Dundee jute mill project approved

Proposals to transform a former Dundee jute mill in Brown Street into flats and offices have got the green light.

Scottish Housing News

Aberdeen hospital housing

CALA Homes has teamed up with NHS Grampian to submit a planning application to Aberdeen City Council for a development of 36 one and two-bedroom flats in the grounds of the former Royal Cornhill Hospital.

Scottish Construction Now

Backing for capital tourist tax

Figures published by Edinburgh City Council reveal strong support for the introduction of a Transient Visitor Levy (aka a tourist tax) in the capital.

Edinburgh City Council

Caithness broch moves

An archaeological charity is pushing ahead with an ambitious plan to construct a full-size replica of an Iron Age broch in Caithness.

BBC News

Cities focus on hydrogen and digital innovation

A project to make Scottish cities more attractive to investors is to focus on improving digital and hydrogen technology across the country, the Scottish Cities Alliance has announced.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh hotel charged

An Edinburgh hotel has become the first in the UK to be operated by battery power.

The Scotsman

Islands named as top destination

The Inner and Outer Hebrides have been named as a top world travel destination for 2019 by CNN Travel.

The Scotsman

Priority for bus passengers urged

Buses and their passengers must be given greater priority over other vehicles in Scotland’s traffic-clogged cities, according to Joan Aitken, who steps down as the country’s traffic commissioner next month.

The Scotsman

Plans to convert Crichton Hall into hotel

NHS Dumfries and Galloway are in the process of selling Crichton Hall and surrounding grounds to the owners of the Fonab Castle Hotel in Pitlochry, who plan to convert the listed former psychiatric hospital into a five-star hotel and spa.

BBC News

Caledonian woodland conservation

Conservation charity Woodland Trust Scotland is hoping to buy a west Highlands hill called Ben Shieldaig and its area of ancient Caledonian pinewood and native birchwood.

BBC News