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Scotland round-up: 2,300 new homes unveiled for Glasgow; Study suggests repurposing of existing amenities to tackle the climate crisis

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 10 October-16 October, 2020

2,300 new homes unveiled for Glasgow

Proposals for more than 2,300 new homes in Glasgow were unveiled this week in three separate major projects.

The Planner

Repurpose existing amenities to tackle the climate crisis, says study

A report by Architecture and Design Scotland recommends the retrofitting of existing structures and development of brownfield sites first in order to tackle the climate crisis and improve quality of life.

The Planner

Go-ahead for Stirlingshire hospital housing

Stirling Council has given the green light to CALA Homes (West) for a residential-led mixed-use development of 89 new homes in the grounds of the former Killearn Hospital in Stirlingshire.

The Planner

Tay growth deal moves

The UK Government has agreed capital investment of £26.5 million, part of the Tay Cities Deal, which will be used to promote a North Angus and Montrose clean growth zone, low-carbon projects across the region, a reduction in the carbon impact of housing, and agritech initiatives.

Scottish Housing News

Haddington housing

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland and Mactaggart & Mickel have secured detailed planning permission from East Lothian Council for 274 new homes, 25 per cent of which would be affordable, on a site in Haddington earmarked for housing in the local development plan.

Scottish Housing News

Ravenscraig and Motherwell connections

Over £127 million is set to be invested in new and improved transport infrastructure connecting Ravenscraig north to the M8 and south to Motherwell and the M74 following approval from the Glasgow City Region Cabinet.

Scottish Construction Now

Princes Street and Waverley Valley townscape guidance

Edinburgh City Council has decided to prepare non-statutory guidance designed to help to conserve and manage change within Edinburgh’s historic townscape along Princes Street and Waverley Valley. The advice would inform the future development and management of the area, support retail and leisure and improve the quality of its public realm.

Edinburgh City Council

Novel measures to protect RSPB reserves

Invisible fencing, remote-controlled flail mowers and Konik ponies are some of the measures being used by conservation body RSPB Scotland to help to protect nationally and internationally important wildlife species and habitats at its 12 nature reserves.

Glasgow Herald

Gretna high-speed rail project?

A high-speed train ‘stabling’ facility – creating up to 100 jobs – could be constructed at a site near Gretna, according to the latest proposals for high-speed rail development in the UK, which identifies the location for a facility that could house up to 28 trains and would be used for cleaning, light maintenance and storage of equipment.

BBC News

Funding boost for Cairngorm Mountain centre

More than £20.5 million of funding for the Cairngorm Mountain snowsports centre has been approved by the government, with the lion’s share being used to repair the resort’s funicular railway, closed since 2018 because of structural problems.

BBC News

Glasgow glasshouse restoration

The Springburn Winter Gardens Trust and Collective Architecture have revealed detailed £8.1 million plans for the restoration of an A-listed glasshouse at the heart of Glasgow’s Springburn Park whose main hall – the largest single-span glasshouse in Scotland – would be repurposed as a venue for performances and events, holding up to 1,800 people.

Scottish Construction Now

Aberdeen hydrogen bus move

Aberdeen has underlined its status as a global hydrogen trailblazer by unveiling the first of a fleet of double-decker buses powered by the gas.

Aberdeen City Council

Housing boost for Inverness and Moray

Tulloch Homes has received the go-ahead for two significant residential developments in the north of Scotland – a 155-home scheme at Druid Temple, Inverness, which was approved by the Highland Council, and a 112-dwelling project at Knockomie, Forres, which Moray Council backed.

Scottish Construction Now

Aberdeenshire rail station back on the tracks

The Aberdeenshire town of Kintore has celebrated the return of rail services after almost 60 years now it has a functioning station once again – a £15 million project funded by Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans and built by Network Rail.

Scottish Construction Now