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Scotland round-up: Communities need ‘stronger voice’ in planning, says Holyrood committee; Low-down on Edinburgh’s low emission zone strategy

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 12 May-18 May, 2018

Communities need ‘stronger voice’ in planning, says Holyrood committee 

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee has called for the Planning (Scotland) Bill to provide ‘greater certainty’ to communities and developers.

The Planner

Low-down on Edinburgh’s low emission zone strategy

Councillors in the capital have begun to grapple with the detail involved in establishing a low emission zone regime in Edinburgh.

The Planner

Formal fracking ban in prospect

Scotland could press ahead with a formal ban on fracking later this year, energy minister Paul Wheelhouse has indicated in a move that would end the current reliance on using directions to planning authorities.

The Scotsman

Lanarkshire town centre regeneration programme

North Lanarkshire Council has agreed a £32.75 million programme targeting the economic regeneration of its town centres, which will involve housing regeneration, town centre transformation and infrastructure development.

North Lanarkshire Council

Tory MSP quits frontbench role over planning conflict

Peter Chapman, a Scottish Conservative MSP, has quit his frontbench role as rural affairs spokesman after lobbying councillors over a planning application he had a financial interest in.

BBC News

Ulva buyout concluded

Negotiations have been concluded for the purchase of Ulva Estate on behalf of the island's community and the neighbouring Isle Mull.

BBC News

Stretch of Aberdeen bypass opened to traffic

The first major section of the £745 million Aberdeen bypass was due to open week this week, with drivers able to use a five-mile stretch between Tipperty and Balmedie, north of the city.

The Scotsman

Leith developers offer replacement live music venue

Developers behind a controversial Edinburgh development that has sparked a Save Leith Walk campaign have unveiled plans to replace a live music venue that is battling demolition plans.

The Scotsman

Inverness road link proposals

Transport Scotland has published plans for a new road linking the A9 and A96 trunk roads in Inverness.

BBC News

Safeguarding plan for Aberdeenshire’s Catterline

The picturesque and historic Aberdeenshire hamlet of Catterline is set to benefit from a £10.8 million nature-based scheme to protect it from coastal erosion, flooding and landslides.

The Scotsman

Dundee jute mill demolition probe

The circumstances that led to a historic B-listed jute mill being demolished are being investigated by Dundee City Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Edinburgh-Glasgow rail link cost overruns concern

Rail regulators have launched a probe into the delays and budget overruns of Transport Scotland’s rail electrification project between Edinburgh and Glasgow now the latest estimates show costs have soared by a further £100 million.

The Scotsman

Scapa Flow safeguards urged

Experts have called for special environmental protection for Scapa Flow off Orkney where the German fleet was scuttled in 1919.

The Scotsman

SNH funding initiative for Highlands and Islands assets

Scottish Natural Heritage has been invited to set up a fund to promote natural and cultural assets in the Highlands and Islands.

BBC News

Funding boost for Granite city heritage scheme regeneration

Aberdeen has been awarded £901,100 for heritage-led regeneration projects in the heart of the Granite city.

Aberdeen City Council

Green light for Fife homes

Proposals by Springfield Properties for 140 affordable homes for Kingdom Housing Association have been approved for a site to the east of Ballingry in Fife.

Scottish Construction Now

Green masterplan for Kirkaldy

Fife Council has published an environmental masterplan, drawn up by landscape architecture practice UrbanPioneers, covering the Victoria Road corridor in the heart of Kirkaldy which sets out better pedestrian and cycle routes.

Fife Council

More organic farmland

Latest statistics indicate that the amount of organic farmland in Scotland increased slightly in 2017, the first increase since 2008 and now accounts for 2 per cent of agricultural land in the country.

Scottish Government

Edinburgh street clutter ban

All temporary on-street advertising structures, including advertising boards (also known as ‘A’ Boards), are to be banned from streets across the Scottish capital.

Edinburgh City Council

Aviemore connected

Aviemore now has access to free Wi-Fi in and around the centre of the town, thanks to a project led by the Highland Council and funded by the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.

The Highland Council

Bunny drop

Scotland’s rabbit population has declined by up to 80 per cent since 1995, according to research.

The Scotsman

Culloden housing approved

Final approval has been given for 16 new homes on the edge of Culloden Battlefield at Viewhill Farm in a conservation area.

The Scotsman