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Scotland round-up: 3,600-home settlement proposed for Scottish capital’s western flank; Borders Railway boost

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 30 March-5 April, 2019

3,600-home settlement proposed for Scottish capital’s western flank

Ambitious proposals for a ‘sustainable’ settlement providing up to 3,600 new homes on green belt land next to Heriot-Watt University have been unveiled by a development company.

The Planner

Grotton Papers now available to read online

To mark its fortieth anniversary, the satirical illustrated planning handbook The Grotton Papers has been published for all to enjoy on the RTPI website.


Borders Railway boost

The campaign to extend the Borders Railway has received a major boost now that the UK Government has announced its backing for a feasibility study which will look at extending the service beyond Tweedbank to Hawick, Newcastleton and on to Carlisle.

Edinburgh Evening News

Sutherland spaceport

Highlands and Islands Enterprise has appointed architects NORR Consultants to design the spaceport that is being developed to launch small satellites from a site at Melness on the Sutherland coast's Moine peninsula.

Scottish Construction Now

Port Glasgow housing to go ahead

Plans to build more than 220 flats and houses on the site of the former St Stephen’s High School in Port Glasgow have been approved by the city council.

Scottish Housing News

Dundee V&A pulls in the punters

Dundee's V&A museum has welcomed half a million visitors since it opened, reaching this milestone almost six months earlier than expected.

BBC News

Place-making for Edinburgh’s Rose burn area

Revised placemaking proposals to enhance the Roseburn area of the capital went on display this week. These include a range of public realm improvements and a cycle route connecting the Roseburn path to Leith Walk via the city centre.

Edinburgh City Council

South Lanarkshire homes plan submitted

Plans have been lodged to build 330 homes in Whitlawburn as part of a £42 million housing-led regeneration project which could see the new homes replace 380 existing flats in an initiative which involves South Lanarkshire Council.

Scottish Housing News

Renfrewshire housing to progress

Persimmon Homes West Scotland is to invest £60 million to progress development of almost 250 homes in Renfrewshire in a move which includes a land deal involving the Erskine Bridge Hotel.

Scottish Housing News

£7m loan scheme for historic buildings

A total of £7 million is now available from the Heritage Impact Fund for charities, social enterprises and community businesses in Scotland seeking to acquire, reuse or redevelop buildings of historical or architectural importance.

Historic Environment Scotland

Linlithgow incubator scheme based on shipping containers

Investment specialist SRA Ventures has launched proposals for an incubator business project at the Mill Road Industrial Estate in Linlithgow designed to offer energy-efficient work spaces for local start-up businesses by utilising retrofitted shipping containers.

Scottish Construction Now

Ayrshire peat bog restoration progress

Around 500 hectares of peat bog once scarred by opencast coal mining has been restored as part of an initiative in East Ayrshire.

Glasgow Herald

Planners block swimming pool extension for Edinburgh listed pile

A millionaire businessman has been blocked from building a swimming pool and bar at one of Scotland’s most expensive homes by planners saying that the proposed work would damage the character of the C-listed Baronial property.

The Scotsman

Greenock cruise ship scheme approved

Inverclyde Council has approved plans for a new visitor centre, restaurant and gallery at Greenock Ocean Terminal, designed to boost cruise ship business at the facility operated by Peel Ports.

Scottish Construction Now

New homes for Bo’ness?

Proposals have been submitted by developers AWG and Mactaggart & Mickel for 225 new homes - 75 affordable - in Bo’ness.

Scottish Housing News

Culloden development poser

The National Trust for Scotland has launched a public consultation on what new developments, if any, would be acceptable near Culloden Moor, the site of the 1746 battle.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow canal footbridge links communities

Plans have been submitted for a new footbridge over the Forth & Clyde Canal, which is set to permanently link three communities in the north of Glasgow - Maryhill, Gilshochill and Ruchill - for the first time since the waterway opened in 1790.

Scottish Construction Now