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Scotland round-up: £50m River Clyde bridge, improved rail services, £10m green gas plant

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 4-10 October, 2014

Much-improved rail services promised

Transport minister Keith Brown has told the Scottish Parliament that new trains, revamped stations and a huge range of other benefits will result from the overhaul of the ScotRail franchise. He confirmed this week that Dutch train operator Abellio has successfully bid for the £6 billion franchise.

The Planner

National Trust to hand over control of its sites

The National Trust for Scotland, Scotland’s biggest conservation charity, is set to take on more of a campaigning role and hand over the running of many of its sites across the country.

The Scotsman 

A Budget for a prosperous and fairer Scotland

The latest Scottish Budget, announced this week, sets out the rates for the new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, commits to £4.5 billion of infrastructure investment in 2015-16, and makes provision for investment in affordable housing of over £390 million to deliver 6,000 affordable homes and £125 million of additional financial support for the housing sector.

The Scottish government 

Withdrawal of West Edinburgh planning framework

The Scottish government’s Planning and Architectural Division has formally withdrawn the West Edinburgh Planning Framework. 

The Scottish government 

Dairy firm ‘pressurised council’ over housing plan

Campaigners have criticised Scotland’s leading dairy firm for saying the creation of 450 jobs at a proposed new purpose-built dairy near Stirling was dependent on being allowed to build 600 houses at a green belt location.

The Scotsman

£10m green gas plant will power thousands of homes

A pioneering new green gas scheme in the Borders is set to benefit farmers, homeowners and the environment.

The Scotsman 

Longannet plant: Scottish Power issues warning over future

Longannet power station in Fife, Scotland's largest power station, may be forced to close due to the huge sums its operator must pay to connect to the National Grid, the BBC has claimed.

BBC News 

New bridge planned across the River Clyde

A new £50 million bridge has been proposed across the River Clyde in Glasgow. The road bridge would link Yoker, in the west of the city, with Renfrew and will slash travel times to Glasgow Airport.

The Scotsman 

Hundreds of new affordable homes for Edinburgh

Housing developers are being invited to submit bids to deliver up to a further 500 new affordable homes for rent in Edinburgh, housing minister Margaret Burgess has announced.

The Scottish government 

Aberdeen hydrogen refuelling station marks UK first

The UK's first fully integrated hydrogen production and refuelling station specifically designed to service Europe's largest fleet of hydrogen powered buses is to be built in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City Council 

Council outlines vision for cycling hub

The City of Edinburgh Council has revealed proposals to create a new cycling hub at Hunter’s Hall Park, home of the Jack Kane Centre.

The City of Edinburgh Council 

Transport Awards victory for Glasgow City Council's cycling strategy

Glasgow City Council has won its second award in four months for its achievements in cycling and sustainable transport.

Glasgow City Council