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Scotland round-up: Aberdeen urban village project details unveiled; Scottish Government extends Help to Buy

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 31 March-6 April, 2018

Aberdeen urban village project details unveiled

Developer Inhabit has followed up its outline planning consent with a detailed planning application to redevelop the landmark Broadford Works site in Aberdeen city centre.

The Planner

Scotland sees year-on-year increases in renewable electricity generation

Recently published figures on Scotland’s renewable energy sector for 2017 suggest that renewable electricity generation increased by 26 per cent compared with 2016.

The Planner

Scottish Government extends Help to Buy

Scotland’s housing minister Kevin Stewart has announced that Help to Buy (Scotland) is to be extended beyond 2019.

The Planner

North Lanarkshire Council enters open property market for homes

Scotland’s largest local authority landlord has agreed proposals to buy homes which are for sale in the local housing market to increase the supply of available council homes for rent.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow deal for 800 new homes

Glasgow City Council has signed an agreement with Glasgow Housing Association and Keepmoat Homes to deliver more than 800 new homes at the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area in the city.

Glasgow City Council

German hotel chain eyes up Glasgow site

German hotel chain Meininger is to open its first property in Scotland after securing a site in the centre of Glasgow opposite Queen Street railway station for a project providing 160 rooms with 590 beds.

The Scotsman

Scotland’s natural capital on the up

Scotland’s plants, wildlife, air, water, and land – known as natural capital – are delivering stronger benefits to people and business across Scotland than in the previous two decades, according to the first study of its kind compiled by conservation body Scottish Natural Heritage.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Vehicle ban for Edinburgh’s Old Town?

A community council has called for a ban on tourist buses and lorries in Edinburgh's Old Town, claiming they are turning the area into a mess.

BBC News

Hospital homes scheme for Linwoood, Renefrewshire

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has submitted a detailed planning application to Renfrewshire Council for 110 new homes at the former Johnstone Hospital site in Linwood.

Scottish Construction Now

Auld Reekie brewery conversion

A former brewery complex in Fountainbridge is to be developed by the City of Edinburgh Council into a new city quarter including more than 400 new homes and office and retail space.

The City of Edinburgh Council

German deal for Kelso hotel and golf course

A German property developer has concluded a multimillion-pound deal for a Borders hotel and golf course near Kelso.

BBC News

Revised Glasgow flightpaths

Planned new flightpaths into Glasgow Airport, Scotland’s largest, will see planes flying over some of the country’s wealthiest suburbs in a bid to cut down on carbon emissions and handle increased passenger numbers.

Glasgow Herald

Boutique hotel for Edinburgh’s New Town

Hotel du Vin Group has signed a development agreement to transform the grade A listed Buchan House in the New Town conservation area of the capital’s World Heritage Site into a boutique hotel.

Edinburgh Evening News

Highlands hydro

Energy company GFG Alliance plans to invest £60 million into Scottish hydro schemes, with six new projects planned for the Highlands.

BBC News

Skye dinosaur revelations

New light has been shed on a little-understood period of dinosaur evolution after giant prehistoric footprints were discovered on the Isle of Skye.

BBC News

Weaker wildlife safeguards?

Wildlife in Scotland has weaker protection against damaging developments than wildlife in England and Wales, according to emails released by the government’s conservation agency, Scottish Natural Heritage.

Glasgow Herald

South Scotland economic talks

Scottish Government ministers John Swinney MSP and Fergus Ewing MSP met the South of Scotland Alliance this week in Galashiels to discuss a range of key economic issues for the area including the importance of broadband coverage as well as regional funding.

Scottish Borders Council