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Scotland round-up: Community land ownership, Longannet power station to close

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 21 March-27 March, 2015

Community land ownership makes waves

More than 45,000 people in 32 communities are benefiting from land bought with help from the Scottish Land Fund, reveals First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as two additional areas receive financial support.

The Planner

Integrate planning and infrastructure systems – SPF

The Scottish Property Federation Annual Conference called on the next government to integrate planning and infrastructure systems.

The Planner

Longannet power station to close within a year

Energy minister Fergus Ewing has held emergency talks with local politicians and operator ScottishPower aimed at averting the early closure of the 2.4 gigawatt plant on the banks of the Forth.

The Scotsman

‘Culture quarter’ for Edinburgh Royal High site

Developers have unveiled plans to transform an A-listed ‘Athens of the North’ landmark in Edinburgh’s world heritage site into a new culture quarter for the capital.

The Scotsman

Four housing developments get the go-ahead in Aberdeen

A total of 107 homes and 108 flats, including affording housing, have been given the green light by Aberdeen City Council's Planning Development Management Committee, which has also approved an apartment hotel.

Aberdeen City Council

Next stage for NextBike in Glasgow

New cycle locking stations are being added to Glasgow’s Mass Automated Cycle Hire (MACH) Scheme after its successful launch last summer.

Glasgow City Council 

Putting people in power

A change to the Community Empowerment Bill, agreed by the Local Government and Regeneration Committee last week, should encourage public bodies to promote and facilitate participation with people and communities in decision-making and budget-setting.

Scottish Government 

Councillors approve Glen Ullinish Wind Farm on Skye

A 14-turbine wind farm proposed for a site between Ose and Struan at Allt on the Isle of Skye has been approved by Highland Council and backed by local crofters.

BBC News

Homes on Inverness bull stud land rejected

Proposals to allow dozens of homes to be built on three fields at a bull stud farm in Inverness have been rejected by a Scottish government Reporter.

BBC News

Green light for £20m nuclear archive in Caithness

Plans for a £20 million triangular-shaped archive centre in Caithness telling the story of the UK’s nuclear history have been approved by councillors.

The Scotsman

Renewable electricity ahead of schedule

Statistics published this week by DECC show Scotland has almost met its 50 per cent renewable electricity target a year ahead of schedule.

Scottish Government

Scottish cities to get free public wifi

Public buildings across Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Perth will be transformed into free wifi hotspots says the UK government.

UK Government

RTPI Convention: The New Politics for Planning

Bookings are now being taken for the RTPI’s The New Politics for Planning convention, which will take place on Tuesday 7 July, 2015.

Planning Convention