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Scotland round-up: Communities to have direct say in the design of their areas in Scotland; Wind farms 'have no impact on tourism jobs', according to new study

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 30 July - 5 August, 2016

Communities to have direct say in the design of their areas in Scotland

The Scottish Government this week launched two funds to allow people to have a direct role in making their towns and villages better places to live.

The Planner

Residential starts down on last year - Glenigan

Figures show construction starts in the three months to July are up across the UK compared with the same period a year ago. Residential starts, however, are down.

The Planner

RTPI announces research awards finalists

Twenty planning research projects from 13 RTPI accredited schools in the UK and internationally have been shortlisted for the 2016 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence.

The Planner

Scotland stops Right to Buy policy

Interested parties have welcomed the end of the Right to Buy scheme in Scotland, bemoaning the current crisis in supply and welcoming the fact that social landlords will now be able to plan for the longer term.

The Planner 

Wind farms 'have no impact on tourism jobs', according to new study

Wind farms have no impact on the number of people employed in the tourism industry where they are built, a study of 18 wind farm sites across Scotland has found.

Herald Scotland 

Plans to restore Odeon as a cinema lodged with council

Ambitious plans to restore the A-listed former Odeon Cinema in Clerk Street have been lodged with Edinburgh City Council.

Edinburgh Evening News 

Old Victoria Infirmary campus in Glasgow sold for housing

The former Victoria Infirmary campus in Glasgow is to be sold for housing to be developed by the Worcester-based not-for-profit housing and care provider, Sanctuary Group.

BBC News

Borders Council moves to capitalise on cycling

Consultation has begun on a five-year plan to boost cycling tourism in the Scottish Borders.

BBC News

'There's gold in them there Highland hills'

Scottish gold has been produced for the first time from a mine in the Highlands.

Herald Scotland 

Engaging and empowering communities in rural land use report published

A report has just been published detailing the findings of research looking at how best to assist communities in rural Scotland engage with decisions on land use and land management.

Scottish Government

Solway wind farm of 'little' community benefit

Scotland’s largest wind farm, the Robin Rigg offshore wind farm - located in the Solway Estuary -  has had little benefit for those living on the Scottish side of the estuary, a new report suggests.

BBC News

Hearts seek main stand planning permission

Heart of Midlothian Football Club has applied applied for planning permission to build their new main stand at Tynecastle. The stand will boast seating for 7,000 fans, bringing the stadium’s total capacity up to more than 20,000.

Edinburgh Evening News