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Scotland round-up: Cities call for tax powers and more central role in infrastructure priorities; Government publishes town centre planning pilot guides

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 11 June-17 June, 2016

Cities call for tax powers and more central role in infrastructure priorities

The council leaders in each of Scotland’s seven cities have called for further devolution of economic powers to help them compete with other regions across the UK.

The Planner

Government publishes town centre planning pilot guides

The administration has published a series of seven town centre planning pilot guides. These include case studies on collecting evidence on concentrations of pay day lenders and betting shops, using compulsory purchase powers to drive regeneration and creating a lighting initiative for a town centre. (More information can be found under Wednesday 15 June, on the Scottish Government website).

Scottish Government

Affordable homes target exceeded by 10 per cent

The Scottish Government has exceeded its 30,000 affordable homes target by more than 10 per cent, according to the latest official statistics.

Scottish Government

Kirkconnel opencast mine proposal withdrawn

Plans for an opencast mine near Kirkconnel in Dumfries and Galloway have been withdrawn because of the "challenging economic climate".

BBC News

Stranraer waterfront regeneration deal extended

An ‘exclusivity deal’ has been extended with the preferred bidder to take forward a potential £50 million waterfront investment plan for Stranraer.

BBC News

BP scraps Sullom Voe gas processing plant plans

BP has confirmed it has scrapped plans for a new gas sweetening plant at Shetland's Sullom Voe terminal.

BBC News

Scots university plans Pentlands film academy if studio gets go-ahead

A Scottish university would create its own film academy on the outskirts of Edinburgh if controversial plans for a green belt studio get the go-ahead.

The Scotsman

Ineos launches attack on Labour over calls for fracking ban

Chemicals giant Ineos has hit out at “untrue and disingenuous” arguments about fracking and challenged Scottish Labour MSPs to supply evidence that backs up demands for a ban.

Herald Scotland 

SEPA and NFU Scotland agree on measures to protect farmland

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency and NFU Scotland have agreed on measures to help land managers protect their land from erosion while minimising impacts on Scotland’s water environment. This involves a mix of trees, stone, and willow planting to protect and stabilise river banks.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Pyramid at Loch Lomond among winners of architecture prize

Eye-catching factory buildings, a pyramid overlooking Loch Lomond and a home built out of a collection of abandoned farm sheds are among winners the latest winners of Scotland’s most prestigious architecture prize.

The Scotsman

Transport secretary 'open-minded' over Selkirk bypass

Transport secretary Humza Yousaf has said the case should be made once more for a Selkirk bypass.

BBC News

Historic farmhouse to be demolished for ‘ugly’ flats

Proposals by a developer to knock down Comiston Farmhouse – a historic relic of the old Comiston Estate, now owned by Edinburgh City Council – and build four blocks of four-storey flats has caused an outcry.

Edinburgh Evening News