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Scotland round-up: Aberdeen City Deal, Ineos buys fracking rights

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 7 March-13 March, 2015

Aberdeen City Deal bid takes shape

The leaders of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils have launched a bid for City Deal status worth £2.9 billion.

The Planner

Online planning applications set to save £71 million

More than 100,000 people and businesses have saved an average of £241 by submitting online planning applications to the ePlanning Scotland website since its launch in 2009, says the government. The administration forecasts that by 2019 the online scheme will have saved members of the public and businesses at least £71 million.

Scottish Government

Ineos buys fracking rights in central Scotland

Swiss–based Ineos, the owner of the Grangemouth petrochemical plant, has acquired full fracking rights for a massive swathe of central Scotland.

The Scotsman

Dalwhinnie to benefit from A9 duelling project

A key stage in the £3 billion project to dual the A9 has been unveiled for a stretch of the road at Dalwhinnie.

The Scotsman

Hydrogen production and bus refuelling station opens in Aberdeen

The UK's first hydrogen production and bus refuelling station has been opened in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City Council

V&A groundbreaking

A ‘groundbreaking’ ceremony on the V&A Museum of Design Dundee’s waterfront site has marked the formal start of construction work.

Dundee City Council

People invited to have say on Britain’s first national nature reserve

People are being invited to have their say on the future running of Beinn Eighe in Wester Ross, the first National Nature Reserve in Britain. The reserve is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Scottish Natural Heritage 

Motorway improvements project reaches major milestone

Construction of one of Scotland’s largest infrastructure projects has reached a major milestone as the first works on the main routes are due to get underway next month as part of the upgrading of Central Scotland’s motorway network.

Scottish Government 

Flagship Edinburgh street could become traffic-free

Call to make Edinburgh’s George Street much more traffic-free makes waves.

The Scotsman

Masterplan will breath new life into Aberdeen city centre

The latest phase of Aberdeen’s evolving city centre master plan has gone on display this week.

Aberdeen City Council

New Waverley Square plan for Edinburgh’s Old Town

Artists’ impressions have revealed in fuller detail how a £6.5 million public square behind the new Adagio hotel in Edinburgh’s Old Town will look. It shows an open space leading off the junction between East Market Street and New Street.

The Scotsman