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Scotland round-up: Assessment identifies Scottish historic sites threatened by climate change; Aberdeen hotel refused

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 13 January-19 January, 2018

Assessment identifies Scottish historic sites threatened by climate change

More than a hundred of the country’s historic sites are at risk from the impact of climate change with 28 listed as ‘high risk’, according to a pioneering assessment published this week by Historic Environment Scotland.

The Planner

John Acres inaugurated as RTPI president

A ceremony has been held in London to inaugurate John Acres as the 2018 RTPI president.

The Planner

Applause for town planning ideas from students

New housing using natural materials, electric car-charging infrastructure, smart energy meters, and a sensory garden are among the many ideas put forward by the winners of the 2017 RTPI World Town Planning Day Schools Competition.


Aberdeen hotel refused

Aberdeen City Council has refused detailed proposals for a new 150-bedroom hotel at Aberdeen International Business Park owing to traffic concerns.

Scottish Construction Now

Cromarty Firth port wins decommissioning licence

The Port of Cromarty Firth has been licensed to undertake oil and gas decommissioning work, boosting efforts to bring jobs to the Highlands.

Glasgow Herald

Dundee industrial units approved

City council planners have given permission to Dundee Industrial Association to build 34 general industrial units at a former industrial site in the city’s Coldside area.

Dundee City Council

Funding to help green disadvantaged communities

Over £30,000 is now available for groups looking to engage disadvantaged urban communities through nature, under a programme led by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Edinburgh’s George Street pedestrianisation plan

The capital’s residents are being consulted on proposals to modernise historic George Street in the New Town area of the city as part of a design process that could lead to it being pedestrianised.

Edinburgh Evening News

Fresh Culloden wrangle

Developers planning to transform the former Treetops Riding Centre at Balloch into a visitor destination featuring 14 ‘high-quality’ holiday lodges, a 100-seat restaurant, shop and café, are facing opposition because the scheme is near the Culloden battlefield.

Aberdeen Press & Journal

Glasgow Airport mulls over flightpath changes

Glasgow Airport is planning to change flight paths in a bid to reduce delays for passengers.

Glasgow Herald

Glasgow rail project rethink?

A partially constructed building that forms part of Scotland’s biggest rail project faces being torn down in an 11th-hour government rethink, it has been reported.

The Scotsman

Conference presentations available

All the presentations from the CPO conference organised by the Scottish Assembly and the government’s Planning and Architecture Division on 12 January are now available online.

Scottish Government

Greener land management funding

The next round of applications for the Agri-Environment Climate Change scheme, which supports environmentally friendly land management practices, has just opened.

Scottish Government

Renfrewshire retirement village

Plans have been submitted for a ‘retirement village’ providing 252 homes and an 80-bed care home at Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire.

Scottish Housing News

South of Scotland enterprise agency progress

The Scottish Government has revealed the public and private sector partners who will make up the South of Scotland Economic Partnership, paving the way for a dedicated enterprise agency for the region supported by £10 million funding announced in last month’s Budget.

Scottish Government