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Scotland round-up: Ambitious Scottish energy strategy unveiled; Barratt unveils plans for 2,500 homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 21 January-27 January, 2017

Ambitious Scottish energy strategy unveiled

Half of Scotland's heat, transport and electricity power needs would be met by renewables by 2030, according to the Scottish Government’s first-ever energy strategy, now out for consultation.

The Planner

Barratt unveils plans for 2,500 homes

Barratt Developments has unveiled plans to build nearly 2,500 homes at 14 new sites across Scotland this year.

BBC News

Planned Glen Etive phone mast ‘will ruin views’

Plans to erect a mobile phone mast at the southern end of Buachaille Etive Mor in one of Scotland’s most famous glens have been sharply criticised by Mountaineering Scotland.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh trams ‘continuing to perform ahead of expectations’

Latest figures suggest that Edinburgh’s trams are performing ahead of expectations and that half a million more passenger journeys were made on the network last year.

Edinburgh Evening News

Plans for Kintyre spaceport discussed at Westminster

Plans for the UK's first spaceport at the former Nato base at Machrihanish on the Kintyre peninsula have been unveiled at Westminster.

BBC News

£8 million for peatland restoration projects is a welcome investment

Government investment of £8 million will allow Scottish Natural Heritage to continue working with its Peatland Action partners to restore a further 8,000 hectares of this vital habitat, said the organisation.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Council outlines proposals for Byres Road public realm improvements

Glasgow City Council is progressing plans to transform the public realm of Byres Road, one of the city's leading destinations, for shops, bars, cafés and restaurants, in a £9 million project.

Glasgow City Council

Aberdeen councillor suspended from planning decisions

A veteran Aberdeen councillor has been suspended from making planning decisions for four months after breaching the code of conduct.

BBC News

Hawick knitwear factory replacement plans lodged

Plans have been lodged to demolish and replace a Borders knitwear factory in Hawick to allow for future growth and expansion.

BBC News

£5m housing plans for former Dumfries and Galloway school site 

Under proposals submitted by Moffat Academy Ltd, a mix of 41 one and two-bedroom properties will be created from the old schoolhouse.

Scottish Construction Now

Adoption of new local development plan for Aberdeen

Aberdeen’s second five-year local development plan has been formally adopted by the city council.

Aberdeen City Council

Describing Scotland’s wild land areas

Scottish Natural Heritage has published descriptions of Scotland’s 42 Wild Land Areas as well draft guidance on how to assess development impacts.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Edinburgh tram inquiry to start public hearings

Edinburgh tram inquiry chair Lord Hardie has announced that public oral hearings will start in September.

Edinburgh Evening News

Dumfries town centre vision gains momentum

Hundreds of people have signed a ‘Dumfries pledge’ to support plans to regenerate its historic town centre.

BBC News