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Scotland round-up: Committee rejects third-party appeal right in Scottish planning bill; Sutherland spaceport project hits turbulence

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 3 November-9 November, 2018

Committee rejects third-party appeal right in Scottish planning bill 

The Local Government and Communities Committee has rejected an amendment to the Planning (Scotland) Bill that would have seen third parties get the right to appeal decisions that go against the development plan.

The Planner

Sutherland spaceport project hits turbulence

Proposals for a multimillion-pound spaceport for Sutherland, designated for land near Tongue known as the Mhoine, has provoked dissent and split a rural crofting community.

The Planner

Go-ahead for Clackmannanshire homes

A Bank of Scotland development loan has paved the way for the delivery of more than 145 new homes at a former college site in Sauchie, Clackmannanshire.

Scottish Construction Now

Crackdown on salmon farms

Scottish salmon farm medicine is having a significant adverse impact on local marine environments, according to a wide-ranging report from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Air quality strategy review

Campbell Gemmell is to chair an independent review of Scotland’s air quality strategy.

Scottish Government

Cairngorm snow sports report

A new study combined by Highlands and Islands Enterprise has set out proposals to boost the “unlocked potential" for snow sports in the Cairngorms which include the construction of two new chairlifts capable of carrying thousands of people to the slopes.

BBC News

Galloway national park campaign

Hundreds of people have signed up for the first conference of a campaign to designate Galloway as Scotland’s third national park.

BBC News

Borders wind farm goes back to appeal

A long-running bid to construct a wind farm at Barrel Law near Roberton in the Borders is being taken to a fresh appeal.

BBC News

Dumfries mill moves

A redundant riverside mill in Dumfries, which is waiting for regeneration funding, could be turned into a venue for community events.

BBC News

Further Aberdeen bypass delay

The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route won’t now open until December at the earliest, transport secretary Michael Matheson has told MSPs.

The Scotsman

Tidal power triumph

A pioneering green energy project in the far north of Scotland has become the world’s first fully operational grid-connected ‘baseload’ tidal power station.

The Scotsman

Tweedbank proposals

Edinburgh-based developer New Land Assets has lodged a detailed planning application for a Premier Inn hotel and retail project near the Borders Railway terminus in Tweedbank.

Scottish Construction Now

Floating hotel for Leith

A new floating boutique hotel in Edinburgh has been approved by the city council. It will be based at Alexandra Dock in the Port of Leith.

BBC News

Glasgow electric bus service scrapped

The plug has been pulled on Glasgow’s pioneering four-year-old electric bus service, which connected the Riverside Museum with Kelvingrove, the SEC and the city centre.

The Scotsman

Capital ban on street advertising boards under way

A city-wide ban covering on-street advertising boards has come into force in the capital.

BBC News

Orkney 5G boost

Mobile broadband will be improved for coach tourists and ferry crews as part of Orkney becoming a 5G test site for the UK’s fastest connection speeds, according to the technology firm Cisco, which is leading the project.

The Scotsman

Hearing starts into Dumfries flood protection project

A public inquiry has started into a £25 million scheme to tackle long-standing flooding problems in Dumfries.

BBC News

Highland Council publishes new developer contribution guide

The Highland Council has approved and published updated guidance on financial contributions required from new developments towards new infrastructure and services.

The Highland Council

Edinburgh car ban for George Street mooted

Cars could be banned from George Street as part of proposals to transform the capital’s New Town into a ‘world-class space’ for pedestrians.

The Scotsman

Wick nuclear archive wins top award

A national archive for the civil nuclear industry at Wick designed by Reiach & Hall Architects has won the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2018.

Scottish Construction Now

Appeals guidance notes published

The administration’s guidance notes – nearly 20 in number – for planning and environmental appeals reporters have been published.

Scottish Government

Shop closures on the up

New figures reveal a rise in the number of shops closing in Scotland in the first six months of the year.

Glasgow Herald