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04/05/2018

Scotland round-up: Ayrshire SDO blights brownfield prospects; Cash boost for affordable housing

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 28 April-4 May, 2018

Ayrshire SDO blights brownfield prospects

The planning status of a major brownfield site on the west coast of Scotland is hampering proposals for the location to play a significant role in an emerging growth deal.

The Planner

Cash boost for affordable housing 

The Scottish Government has announced a £35 million increase in council allocations for affordable housing, taking the total to £568 million.

The Planner

MSPs urged to consider tighter PDR regime

Hew Edgar, RICS policy manager in Scotland, has urged the Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee, currently reviewing the Planning (Scotland) Bill, to look at the effects of tighter permitted development rights following latest RICS research.

Scottish Housing News

Aberdeen ponders private housing deals

Aberdeen City Council is exploring an innovative way of meeting demand for housing as part of wider plans to provide 2,000 new council homes. This would see the council purchase completed units from landowners and developers or enter into agreements where properties could be built for the council at commercially viable rates.

Aberdeen City Council

Fort William harbour project

An ambitious plan has been unveiled to transform Fort William’s waterfront with a huge new jetty sticking out 150 metres into the loch, which could bring an influx of cruise ships, bringing tens of thousands more tourists to visit the town and the surrounding west Highlands.

Glasgow Herald

Giant turbines mooted for the Hebrides

Giant wind turbines that would be the tallest on land in the UK could be erected in the Outer Hebrides if new plans go ahead.

The Scotsman

Infrastructure delivery

The Queensferry Crossing, a new hospital, and major motorway improvements are among £3 billion worth of infrastructure projects completed in Scotland last year, according to the latest government progress report.

Scottish Government

Wester Ross biosphere blueprint

The Highland Council has welcomed the work of the Wester Ross Biosphere initiative and its draft five-year plan, just published.

The Highland Council

Cockenzie power station site talks

Councillors in East Lothian are seeking talks with the Scottish Government after ministers decided to call in plans to develop part of the former Cockenzie Power Station site with an offshore wind farm electricity sub-station.

East Lothian Council

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