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Scotland round-up: Chief Planner sets out new goals for his team; Make planners statutory consultees in local decisions, says RTPI Scotland

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 19 November-25 November, 2016

Chief planner sets out new goals for his team

John McNairney, the Scottish Government’s chief planner, has listed a set of new commitments for the administration’s planning and architecture team.

The Planner

RTPI Scotland: Make planners statutory consultees in local decisions

RTPI Scotland has written to every Scottish cabinet secretary to put forward the case for the planning function in each authority to be given statutory powers to be consulted in strategic decision-making processes.

The Planner

£144m tram-train project mooted to link Glasgow to the airport

Proposals to create a ‘tram-train’ link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre have been unveiled as part of the emerging city deal for the sub-region.

The Planner

Autumn Statement: £2.3bn for Housing Infrastructure Fund 

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new National Productivity Investment Fund that will see £2.3 billion invested into housing infrastructure in the 2016 Autumn Statement.

The Planner

Autumn Statement: City deals promised for Scottish and Welsh cities 

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a number of deals for cities in Scotland and Wales, as well as more funding for Local Enterprise Partnerships in his 2016 Autumn Statement.

The Planner

Autumn Statement: Industry reacts to city deals and regional support

Industry bodies and politicians have reacted positively to Autumn Statement commitments to cities and regions, but hinted that they would like to see more to come.

The Planner

Irvine harbour set for transformation

Ambitious plans to transform Irvine harbour and Ardeer peninsula have been revealed as part of the emerging Ayrshire Growth Deal. Another leisure centre called the ‘Aqua Dome’ could be built alongside plans to build Scotland’s tallest climbing wall and thousands of homes.

The Scotsman

Ceremony completes £250m Aberdeen City Region Deal

The Aberdeen City Region Deal has been formally launched, with the UK Government and Scottish Government to jointly invest up to £250 million in the area, while Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and local partners are committed to investing up to £44 million over the next decade.

Aberdeen City Council

Edinburgh named British Entrepreneurial City of the Year

Edinburgh has won a further accolade as ‘British Entrepreneurial City of the Year’ – beating Cambridge, Leeds, London and Manchester to the title.

City of Edinburgh Council

Plans to make Orkney liquid natural gas storage leader

Orkney could become a major base for the supply of liquid natural gas to the north of the UK and North Sea. ExxonMobil has formed a consortium, which has signed an agreement with Orkney Islands Council.

BBC News

SNH commitment to furthering community interests in Scotland

Scottish Natural Heritage has restated its commitment to transferring land into community ownership where the land might be of great value if used to realise the potential of communities throughout Scotland.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Homeless village to be built in Edinburgh

Scotland’s first village for homeless people is to be built in Edinburgh next year. Social Bite said 10 homes would be built in Grantor to provide a low-cost, safe environment for up to 20 people.

BBC News

Borders investment ‘could deliver nearly 1,200 affordable homes’

A report to Scottish Borders Council has outlined how a potential investment of £163 million could create nearly 1,200 affordable homes in the region.

BBC News

Keirs Hill wind farm refused

Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, has refused planning consent for a new 17 turbine wind farm near Patna, East Ayrshire because of the scheme’s impact on historic sites.

Scottish Government

Plan for new national park in the Borders comes a step closer

Plans to create a new national park in the Scottish Borders have moved a step closer to being realised.

The Scotsman

Shopping mall named Scotland’s favourite building

B-listed Princes Square shopping mall in Glasgow has been named Scotland’s favourite building of the last century in a public vote.

Herald Scotland

Vision for Fort William wins Future Town design award

A group of local volunteers in Fort William have a won the 2016 Future Town Design competition for their vision of how the community can reconnect with the shores of Loch Linnhe.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh tram probe ‘could cost more than Chilcot inquiry’

The cost of an inquiry into the Edinburgh tram project has rocketed to more than £6 million, according to figures released by the Scottish Government.

Edinburgh Evening News

Plans to relocate golden eagle chicks to boost population

The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project has confirmed discussions have started on plans to relocate golden eagle chicks in Scotland.

BBC News

Species set to receive protection, but will require careful management

Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced that the Scottish Government is minded to allow beavers to remain in Scotland.

Scottish Government

FM urged to intervene over Edinburgh homes plan

An Edinburgh MSP has asked First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to intervene over plans to build thousands of new homes in the west of the city.

BBC News

Orkney’s ‘Churchill Barriers’ are listed

Two of Orkney's famous ‘Churchill Barriers’ have been listed by Historic Environment Scotland.

BBC News

SNH puts Scottish machair on the map

One of Europe’s rarest habitats has been mapped for the first time in Scotland by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Scottish Natural Heritage