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Scotland round-up: 800-home scheme proposed for Inverness; Green light for major town centre redevelopment for Newtown St Boswell

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 27 March-1 April, 2021

800-home scheme proposed for Inverness

Aberdeenshire-based housing developer Kirkwood Homes Ltd has submitted a proposal of application notice to the Highland Council for a residential-led mixed-use development in Inverness, consisting of about 800 new homes.

The Planner

Green light for major town centre redevelopment for Newtown St Boswell

Scottish Borders Council has approved H&H Group’s proposals for a multimillion-pound redevelopment of a historic Borders auction mart designed to create a new town centre for Newtown St Boswells including a rural retail/business hub, an educational campus and up to 150 homes.

BBC News

Setback for Shetland space scheme

Proposals for a space centre on Shetland have suffered a setback after watchdog Historic Environment Scotland rejected a scheduled monument application for the project at Skaw, the UK's most northerly Second World War radar station, which is protected as a site of national importance.

Glasgow Herald

Leith flats complex proposed

Comprehensive Design Architects has submitted outline plans on behalf of landowner John G Russell (Transport) Ltd to Edinburgh City Council for a mixed-use development including 285 flats on land at Salamander Street in Leith.

Scottish Housing News

New homes for North Lanarkshire

Housebuilders Barratt Homes West Scotland and CALA Homes (West) have obtained planning permission from North Lanarkshire Council for a 199-home development at Stepps, near the M80. It will include 30 affordable homes, a new village green, active travel routes, and a play park.

Glasgow Herald

Glasgow bus depot flats approved

Link Group, in partnership with Govanhill Housing Association, has won planning approval from Glasgow City Council for 121 flats on the former site of the Larkfield bus depot.

Scottish Housing News

Dunmore Pineapple development row

The National Trust for Scotland has expressed concern over George Russell Construction’s proposals for 82 houses and a visitor centre next to an A-listed landmark – the 18th century Dunmore Pineapple near Airth – which the conservation body describes as one of Scotland’s “most exotic and celebrated buildings”.

Glasgow Herald

Luxury golf resort proposal for St Andrews

Investment consultant GPH Engineering has unveiled proposals for a multimillion-pound golf resort at Feddinch Mains on the outskirts of St Andrews. It involves a clubhouse, golf accommodation incorporating up to 39 luxury suites, and a spa and restaurant on a 97-hectare site with consent for an 18-hole championship course.

Glasgow Herald

Celebrating Clyde shipbuilding

The Ship Yard Trust has launched the public consultation and engagement phase of its £70 million project to design and build a landmark venue celebrating the River Clyde’s shipbuilding and marine engineering heritage.

Glasgow Herald

Langholm land buyout a done deal

The South of Scotland’s largest community buyout – involving the Langholm Initiative charity and landowner Buccleuch – has been legally completed, paving the way for the creation of a vast new nature reserve in Dumfries and Galloway.

Scottish Housing News

Low-carbon poultry facility application lodged

Amber Real Estate Investment has lodged an application to build a low-carbon poultry processing facility next to its existing Perthshire Coupar Angus plant in a move that would free up that site for redevelopment.  

Scottish Construction Now

Crieff church conversion

An A-listed derelict church in Crieff could be given a new lease of life as nine flats following a failed bid to turn it into a boutique hotel.

Scottish Housing News

Green power stats

Nearly 100 per cent of Scotland’s electricity demand was met by renewable energy last year, according to government figures which showed that 97.4 per cent came from green power.

The National

Glenrothes masterplan

A Glenrothes town centre masterplan with ambitions to improve the night-time economy, provide more green public space and improve development opportunities, including more housing in the town centre, has been drawn up by planning consultancy Halliday Fraser Munro and approved – following public consultation – by Fife Council.

Scottish Construction Now

BrewDog looks for capital home for beer hotel

Scottish craft beer giant BrewDog has confirmed that it is looking for a site for a beer hotel in the capital.

Glasgow Herald

Isle of Barra distillery project

Isle of Barra Distillers has unveiled ambitious £5 million plans to build a new whisky and gin distillery and visitor centre, creating 30 jobs for the island.

Scottish Construction Now

MSPs urge more social housing

An increased supply of affordable housing and better data are key to tackling the issues facing Scotland’s housing sector, according to a report by Scottish MSPs.

Scottish Parliament

Protecting historic buildings from climate change

Historic Environment Scotland has published new technical guidance into the different methods of measuring moisture in historic buildings which could help to protect them from the impacts of climate change.

Historic Environment Scotland