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Scotland round-up: Chief planner takes councils to task, review of infrastructure funding recommended

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 17 January-23 January, 2015

Chief planner takes councils to task over development plan supplementary guidance 

John McNairney, Scotland’s chief planner, has written to all local authority heads of planning, voicing concern about an inconsistent approach to the preparation of guidance intended to support local development plans.

The Planner 

Breath of fresh air

Consultation has begun on the administration’s draft national Low Emission Strategy.

Scottish Government 

Tweedsmuir wind farm plans reduced in scale

Proposals for a 14-turbine wind farm project in Tweedsmuir, which would involve a new bridge crossing the Tweed at Carlowse, have been submitted to the government.

BBC News 

Construction of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee

Construction of the V&A Museum of Design at Dundee will bring economic benefits to the city despite its spiralling capital costs, insists the city council.

Dundee City Council 

MSPs recommend review of infrastructure funding to help meet climate change targets

The Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee says the government should review infrastructure funding for tackling climate change in a bid to help Scotland meet its targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Scottish Parliament 

Scottish Environment Protection Agency appoints new CEO

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has appointed Terry A’Hearn as its next chief executive. He is currently chief executive officer of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Scottish Environment Protection Agency 

No decision yet on future of Meadowbank Stadium

The first hurdle has been cleared in a bid to have Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh demolished and rebuilt at a cost of £43 million.

The Scotsman 

Glasgow to host Core Cities UK national devolution summit

The leaders and mayors of the UK’s Core Cities have agreed to hold a major national Devolution Summit in Glasgow next month, making the case for more freedoms for the UK’s cities.

Glasgow City Council 


More powers for Scotland - what happens next?

The package of new powers for Scotland unveiled this week confirm that responsibility for the Crown Estate’s economic assets and the revenue they generate will be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. This will include the Crown Estate’s seabed, urban assets, rural estates, mineral and fishing rights and its Scottish foreshore. Licensing of onshore oil and gas extraction will also be devolved to Holyrood.


Edinburgh Airport to get £50m expansion

Edinburgh Airport has announced a £50 million expansion to triple its space for long-haul aircraft. 

The Scotsman