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Scotland round-up: Biodiversity strategy, Loch Ness wind farm

Words: Roger Milne

A round up of planning news in Scotland: week commencing 11 August

Key port development funding boosts Highland prospects

Employment and development prospects in the Highlands has been given a boost now Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing has announced a £4 million grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for the construction of a new £25 million deepwater quayside at the Port of Cromarty Firth.

The Planner news

Macallan whisky distillery redevelopment plan approved

A £100 million redevelopment of a Speyside distillery has been given the go-ahead by Moray Council.

Edrington Group, the Glasgow-based whisky and rum distiller which also produces Famous Grouse whisky, wants to expand production and warehousing at its Macallan distillery near Craigellachie, as well as creating a new visitor centre.

BBC News

Housing development at former HMP Noranside open prison

Proposals to transform a listed former prison building into housing have been given outline approval by Angus Council.

Developers hope to turn the former HMP Noranside estate, which was a working prison until 2011, into 48 homes.

The plans include the demolition of cell blocks and farm buildings while the B-listed Noranside House, built in 1766, and the stable block would be redeveloped.

BBC News

Anger at latest Loch Ness wind farm proposal

Scottish conservationists have voiced concern over the latest proposals for a wind farm in the hills above Loch Ness.

There are now nine projects in planning, or being constructed in area.

The Scotsman

Biodiversity report released

The Scottish government has published its latest Biodiversity Strategy Report for the Scottish Parliament.

This is the third report on the progress being made in the delivery of the strategy. It contains details of activities which contribute to progress and the trends demonstrated by a series of biodiversity state and people engagement indicators.

Scottish government

Shaping Aberdeen - growing the city

Aberdeen City Council has published a report on its Strategic Infrastructure Plan which highlights the progress it is making in delivering new council-led housing developments, schools, roads infrastructure, digital connectivity and high-speed broadband, and regeneration projects across the city.

Aberdeen Council

New NHT homes for Edinburgh

Nearly 100 new affordable homes are to be built at Western Harbour in Leith through the groundbreaking National Housing Trust initiative (NHT), Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess has revealed.

Scottish government

Trump plans £5m clubhouse for Scottish golf course

US business mogul Donald Trump has submitted plans for a smaller clubhouse than originally anticipated at his Menie golf course development overlooking Aberdeen Bay.

The Scotsman

Queensferry Crossing reaches construction halfway stage

Construction of the new bridge over the Firth of Forth has reached the halfway stage.

The three towers of the Queensferry Crossing are now at road deck level.

Transport Scotland said the project was on time and under budget.

BBC News

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