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Scotland round-up: 1,700-home Aberdeen housing scheme; economists say coal gasification ‘could generate £15bn’

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 19 September-25 September, 2015

Aberdeen backs significant housing and retail scheme

Aberdeen City Council has approved in principle a new large-scale housing and retail development that will mean the go-ahead for a major expansion in the north of the city.

The Planner

New £20m deep water quay at Nigg officially opens

A new deep-water quay, built at a cost of £20 million, has been officially opened at the Nigg fabrication yard on the Cromarty Firth.

BBC News

Economists say coal gasification ‘could generate £13bn’

Economists say converting underground coal into gas, as proposed at the Firth of Forth, could generate billions of pounds for the Scottish economy.

BBC News 

Aberdeen City Council cleared over Marischal Square deal

Auditors have cleared Aberdeen City Council of any wrongdoing over the deal reached with investors and developers of the Marischal Square project.

BBC News 

Air pollution linked to 3,500 deaths in Scotland

Air pollution may be contributing to a larger number of deaths in Scotland than previously thought, according to environmental campaigners.

The Scotsman 

Council secures new enforcement powers for Govanhill

Glasgow City Council has secured groundbreaking new enforcement powers to tackle housing conditions in private rented accommodation in the Govanhill area of the city.

Glasgow City Council 

Spango wind farm proposal refused

Councillors have rejected plans for a 14-turbine wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway owing to its “unacceptably adverse impact”.

BBC News

Natural Retreats proposes CairnGorm ski centre revamp

The operator of the CairnGorm Mountain snowsports centre, near Aviemore, plans to revamp the site to add new features including an artificial ski slope.

BBC News

Historic Scotland objects to Royal High School hotel

Historic Scotland has objected to controversial new plans to create a £75 million luxury hotel at the former Royal High School in Edinburgh.

The Scotsman 

New guidance supports the tidal energy sector and helps protect marine wildlife

Guidance from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to help the offshore renewables industry ensure that the right development goes in the right place has gone out for public consultation.

Scottish Natural Heritage

There’s still time to comment on regional development plans

A public consultation into how the future of Edinburgh and the South East of Scotland should be shaped is drawing to a close.

City of Edinburgh Council

Nationwide redevelopment of surplus land and buildings

Former publicly owned land and buildings across Scotland, including hospitals, prisons and police stations, are being redeveloped to allow hundreds of affordable homes to be built.

Scottish Government