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Scotland round-up: Advisers warn Scots minister that planning bill is heading for disaster; Edinburgh airport tech quarter begins to take flight

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 9 March-15 March, 2019

Advisers warn Scots minister that planning bill is heading for disaster

Key members of the panel that advised the government on a new planning system have called for an urgent meeting with planning minister Kevin Stewart after warning that the Planning (Scotland) Bill was heading for disaster.

The Planner

Spring Statement 2019: Borderland Growth Deal cash

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a £3 billion Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme in the Spring Statement, and that progress is being made on growth deals for Mid Wales.

The Planner

Spring Statement 2019: Reaction

There are some ‘useful’ measures in the Spring Statement, the RTPI said, but nothing that would alleviate the worry about local authority finances and therefore help to deliver more affordable housing.

The Planner

RTPI attends MIPIM

The president and chief executive of the RTPI have attended the world’s leading property exhibition, MIPIM.

The Planner

Edinburgh airport tech quarter begins to take flight

Proposals to create a dedicated "digital quarter" next to Edinburgh Airport are taking shape involving land in and around the airport’s disused second runway.

Edinburgh Evening News

Dumbarton housing development

Proposals have been unveiled for the regeneration of the Bellsmyre area of Dumbarton with the construction of 180 affordable, two-storey homes which would replace 225 traditional flats.

Scottish Construction Now

Edinburgh student housing project near Meadowbank

Developer Summix Capital Ltd has submitted a proposal for a 198-bed student scheme opposite Edinburgh’s Meadowank Stadium to the city council.

Scottish Construction Now

£12m loan for Grade A Glasgow office scheme

The Scottish Government has announced a £12 million loan for the renovation of a Glasgow site in Douglas Street to create 7900 square metres of new Grade A office space.

Scottish Government

Investment bank inquiry by MSPs

Views on a proposed national long-term investment bank are being sought by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee as part of its consideration of the Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB) Bill.

Scottish Parliament

4 per cent rise in new-build completions in 2018

There were 18,750 new build homes completed across all sectors over the year ending September 2018, an increase of 4 per cent on the previous year, according to latest official statistics.

Scottish Government

Falkirk town centre action plan move

The revitalisation of Falkirk’s town centre has taken a step forward now the council has agreed to take part in a new partnership which will develop an action plan.

Falkirk Council

Borders holiday park proposed for former golf course

An application has been submitted to turn a former Borders golf course into a large holiday park providing 180 lodges at Rutherford Castle near West Linton.

BBC News

Inverclyde dry dock hopes

The Inchgreen Dry Dock in Greenock, Inverclyde – Scotland’s largest mainland dry dock – has lain empty for nearly 20 years and should be transformed into a shipyard for building new ferries, campaigners have urged.

The Scotsman

Capital’s tram network set to expand

The capital’s tram network will be extended to Newhaven after councillors this week voted for work to start on the £207 million project.

Edinburgh City Council

Major revamp for Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden complex

Plans for the restoration and redevelopment of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, which would involve seven new and three refurbished buildings across two sites, have been submitted to the city council.

Scottish Construction Now