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Scotland round-up: Ambitious capital mobility plan signed off; Green light for major Edinburgh redevelopment

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 13 February-19 February, 2021

Ambitious Scottish capital mobility plan signed off

A 10-year blueprint to deliver a better connected, net-zero carbon transport system for the Scottish capital is due to be signed off by the city council today (19 February).

The Planner

Green light for major Edinburgh redevelopment

Edinburgh City Council gave the go-ahead this week for a major mixed-use scheme involving the redevelopment of the site of the former headquarters of the Bank of Scotland site on Dundas Street.

The Planner

Former RTPI president passes away

George McDonic MBE FRTPI passed away on 14 February 2021.

The Planner

Fund reopens for heritage project grants

Funding applications are being accepted by the National Heritage Lottery Fund for project grants ranging from £3,000 to £5 million.

The Planner

Affordable housing funding allocations (pdf)

The administration has made nearly £670 million available to councils over 2020/21 for affordable housing supply with just under a quarter of the total going to the two biggest and most populous cities – Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Scottish Government

Blackdog housing approved

Proposals by Kirkwood Homes to build 284 new homes in the village of Blackdog on the border between Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have been approved by the county council.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow community golf proposals

Golf’s governing body, The R&A, has submitted a planning application to Glasgow City Council for the construction of a new community golf facility at Lethamhill that, as well as a nine-hole course, would include a flood-lit driving range, café, fitness studio, indoor simulator and movie theatre, education room, and retail area.

Scottish Construction Now

Ballater makeover project

Measures to enhance and improve the village greens and wayfinding in the heart of Ballater have been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council following floods in 2015, which led to serious damage to the village centre.

Scottish Construction Now

Forres distillery scheme

Darma London has submitted a planning application to Moray Council on behalf of MDE Investment Limited to transform old livestock barns at Wester Green, Dunphail, south of Forres, into a whisky distillery with both a visitors’ centre and new cask storage.

Scottish Construction Now

Inverness Airport masterplan consultation

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited has begun consulting on a draft masterplan for the growth of Inverness Airport with a bigger passenger terminal, improved access, and other infrastructure.

Scottish Construction Now

Galloway National Park a no-go

Rural affairs minister Ben Macpherson has reiterated that the government has no plans to designate new national parks in Scotland, citing both the costs and the complex and lengthy consultation required, at the close of a debate in the Scottish Parliament about the potential for a new national park in Galloway.

Scottish Parliament

Short-term lets move

Legislation for a short-term lets licensing scheme has been withdrawn from the Scottish Parliament to allow for draft guidance to be developed and the measures relaid before the executive in June. However, the administration will continue with legislation allowing councils to establish short-term let control areas.

Scottish Government

Go-ahead for Glasgow housing

Glasgow City Council has approved proposals from Wheatley Group for 254 homes – a mix of flats and houses all for rent – at a site in the city’s Calton district.

Scottish Construction Now