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Scotland round-up: City deal funds key infrastructure for 2,500 homes in East Kilbride; Govan project refused

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 25 August-31 August, 2018

City deal funds key infrastructure for 2,500 homes in East Kilbride

More than 2,500 new homes are set to be built in East Kilbride now that key infrastructure funding has been agreed as part the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal.

The Planner

Report: Broken land market cause of poor productivity in the UK

The “dysfunctional” land market is the root cause of an unproductive and unstable UK economy, according to think tank Institute for Public Policy Research.

The Planner

Govan project refused

Glasgow City Council planners have rejected a large development including 700 flats, a hotel, a museum, and retail and commercial floorspace at the grade A-listed Govan Graving Docks, citing flooding, heritage, access and parking concerns.

BBC News

Dunbeg social housing approved

A major development of more than 300 affordable homes in Dunbeg has been approved by Argyll and Bute Council’s planning committee.

Scottish Housing News

Clydeside distillery project

Whisky company Douglas Laing & Co has revealed its designs for a proposed new £10.7 million distillery and bottling complex at Pacific Quay on the banks of the River Clyde in the heart of Glasgow.

The Scotsman

Extra funding for Dundee V&A

V&A Dundee is to receive an extra £361,000 funding from the Scottish Government in its first year.

BBC News

Fort William masterplan submitted

A new hospital (replacing the town’s ageing Belford Hospital), up to 250 houses, a science academy as well as community and commercial buildings could be constructed in Fort William under a new masterplan submitted by the Highland Council for land north-east of Blar Mhor Industrial Estate at Lochyside.

Scottish Construction Now

Revised Roberton wind farm backed

Revised plans for a wind farm near Roberton, previously rejected amid fears that it would interfere with RAF radar systems, have been recommended for approval by officials at Scottish Borders Council.

BBC News

Green light for Aberdeen teaching hub

Plans for a new £35 million Science Teaching Hub at the University of Aberdeen have been approved by the city council.

Scottish Construction Now

Edinburgh graffiti pitch

Graffiti artists from across the UK and Europe will descend on the capital this weekend in a bid to create the UK's longest legal graffiti wall at Marine Parade.

Edinburgh City Council

Border estates merger

Buccleuch, one of Scotland’s biggest private landowners, is to merge operations of two of its estates in a move that will mean its Bowhill and Eskdale & Liddesdale Estates will combine to create Borders Estate from next month (September).

Scottish Housing News

Edinburgh student development rethink

Planning chiefs in the capital are being urged to review controls on student housing developments after it was revealed that rules requiring an element of mainstream housing for schemes on sites of more than 0.25 hectares had failed to produce any new non-student homes.

Edinburgh Evening News

Tranent housing refused

East Lothian Council has refused planning permission for a proposed housing-led mixed-use development of 116 new homes at Kingslaw in Tranent.

Scottish Construction Now

Research on housing development delays published

Requests for additional information and the time taken over legal agreements were the main reasons for delay with applications for housing that have taken over one year to conclude, according to research just published by the administration.

Scottish Government

Departmental priorities set out

Government chief planner John McNairney has written to planning colleagues setting out current priorities for the Planning and Architecture Division. These include progressing the planning bill, working on National Planning Framework 4, publishing a Digital Strategy for Planning (anticipated in November) and reforming the CPO regime.

Scottish Government