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Scotland round-up: Ayrshire growth deal imminent; Clydeside build-to-rent project approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 19 January-25 January, 2019

Ayrshire growth deal makes waves

The signing of a heads of agreement between the three Ayrshire local authorities and the UK and Scottish governments over a regional growth deal for the area is understood to be imminent.

The Planner

Ian Tant inaugurated as the 2019 RTPI president

A ceremony has been held in London to inaugurate Ian Tant MRTPI as the president of the RTPI for 2019.

The Planner

Brexit poses opportunity to give planners more flexibility

While ‘substantive gains’ have been made in the UK from EU environmental directives, concerns are growing about the implementation of them owing to resource shortages.

The Planner

Clydeside build-to-rent project approved

Glasgow City Council has approved detailed planning permission for a 498-flat build-to-rent scheme proposed by developer Platform on the banks of the River Clyde off Broomielaw, Finnieston, part of the Clydeside Central Quay area, which is also set to deliver new office space and a 150-bedroom hotel.

Scottish Housing news

Former RTPI president Hague pans planning bill

Scotland’s current planning bill is a botched job that pleases nobody and would create an underfunded system designed to fail, former RTPI president Cliff Hague has argued in an opinion piece in The Scotsman.

The Scotsman

Fife backs Halbeath masterplan

Fife Council has given a 20-year planning permission in principle to Taylor Wimpey East Scotland’s proposals for 1,400 homes and a new primary school on an 80-hectare farmland site at Halbeath, which will see 340 new homes delivered in the first phase of the scheme.

Scottish Housing News

Govanhill bus depot cleared for homes

Glasgow City Council has approved plans for 186 affordable homes on the former site of a bus depot in Govanhill.

Scottish Housing News

Wind farm near Gleneagles wins appeal

Developer Green Cat Renewables has won its appeal over Perth & Kinross Council’s refusal of the company’s 20.7 megawatt windfarm in Perthshire, close to the iconic five-star Gleneagles hotel, whose owners were one of many local objectors to the nine-turbine Strathallan Wind Farm project.

The Scotsman

Funding for protected areas online tool

An innovative project that will help improve planning around Scotland’s most valuable natural sites has secured funding of up to £1.25 million. This will allow Scottish Natural Heritage to develop a new online service for protected areas.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Moray Firth port move

A developer is attempting to resurrect plans to establish a port at Ardersier on the Moray Firth to service the marine energy industry.

BBC News

Glasgow appoints urban guru

Professor Brian Evans, from the Glasgow School of Art, was unveiled this week as the city's first official urbanist – a senior advisory position designed to improve the city's strategic urban planning.

Glasgow Herald

Major development proposed for Aberdeenshire village near Balmedie

A public consultation is under way into plans for 500 new homes, 25 per cent of which would be affordable, and a primary school in the Aberdeenshire village of Millden near Balmedie.

Scottish Housing News

MSPs back Glasgow airport rail link

Proposals to build a rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be progressed as a matter of urgency, insisted MSPs who contributed to a debate on city and regional growth deals held in the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Parliament

Concerns mount as Airbnbs grow

The number of Airbnb properties has risen by more than 80 per cent in parts of Scotland, amid concerns that growing numbers of holiday rentals are worsening housing shortages.

The Scotsman

Aberdeen LDP takes shape

Aberdeen City Council has agreed to hold a major public consultation exercise on a report that has highlighted city centre living, supporting and growing visitor attractions, residential care facilities and green technologies as key issues for the city’s replacement local development plan, currently at an early stage in its preparation.

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeenshire homes refusal appealed

Barratt North Scotland has decided to appeal against Aberdeenshire Council’s refusal of planning permission for 121 new homes in the village of Newtonhill, which officials had recommended should have been approved.

Scottish Housing News

HMOs in focus in St Andrews housing review

Fife Council has begun consulting on the accommodation needs of university students and St Andrews’ residents in a move that will involve further examination of the issues surrounding houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Scottish Housing News

Economic accolade for Edinburgh

Edinburgh has been ranked as the UK city with the best prospects for economic growth in 2019, according to a study examining the ‘health’ of cities compiled by national property consultant Lambert Smith Hampton.

Edinburgh Evening News

River Leven funding boost

A project to revitalise the River Leven in Fife as a regional asset has received more than £300,000 in funding that will focus on a five-kilometre stretch of the river at Levenmouth. There are plans to develop a series of paths to connect the isolated communities to and along the river, and unlock opportunities on vacant and derelict land.

Scottish Natural Heritage