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20/07/2018

Scotland round-up: Countdown begins for Highlands spaceport; Aberdeen shopping centre extension is approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 14 July-20 July, 2018

Countdown begins for Highlands spaceport

A remote peninsula in Sutherland has been chosen as the location for the UK’s first spaceport.

The Planner

‘Radical’ overhaul of construction sector is required, say Lords

The House of Lords has reported that the construction sector cannot meet the UK’s housing needs and ‘may struggle’ to meet its infrastructure needs.

The Planner

UK is failing to plan for elderly population, suggests report

Research by planning consultancy Lichfields has indicated that the UK is failing to plan for its ageing population.

The Planner

Aberdeen shopping centre extension is approved

Property giant Hammerson has been granted planning permission in principle for a major extension of the company’s Union Square shopping centre in Aberdeen, which would include space for 30 new shops, a 120-bedroom hotel and a bigger cinema but less additional car parking than originally proposed.

Scottish Construction Now

Glasgow exhibition and conference centre proposals

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow has applied for planning permission in principle to add a new conference facility and extend existing exhibition space at the complex in a move likely to cost £150 million. This requires funding approval from the city council and both the Scottish and UK governments.

Scottish Construction Now

Borders town centre change-of-use pilot

Scottish Borders Council has agreed a pilot lasting a year that will see key changes to the regulations governing change of use of commercial properties in town centres. The core activity areas are Duns, Eyemouth, Galashiels, Hawick, Kelso, Montrose, Peebles and Selkirk.

Scottish Borders Council

MSPs bang the drum for biodiversity

A Holyrood Committee has proposed ways to improve biodiversity activity and reporting after discovering that more than half of Scotland’s public bodies failed to report on their biodiversity efforts.

Scottish Parliament

Glasgow student accommodation deal

Maslow Capital has completed a deal which will see it developing a 10,300 square metre student accommodation block in Glasgow.

Scottish Construction Now

Successful Fife housing appeal

Taylor Wimpey is set to deliver 295 homes, a quarter of which will be affordable, on farmland at Inverkeithing following a successful appeal after the scheme was refused by Fife Council.

UK Construction Online

South of Scotland projects scoop £7.7m funding

Four key enterprise projects across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders, designed to reinvigorate the area’s economy and stimulate inclusive growth, have been awarded government funding worth £7.7 million.

Scottish Government

Moray business park climbs off drawing board

Work has begun on the 50-hectare Elgin Business Park in Moray, which it is hoped will eventually bring 4,000 jobs to the area.

BBC News

Making Scots more active

Extending Scotland’s network of paths and trails, providing additional sports opportunities in deprived areas and supporting efforts to ensure that children can play outside safely are all key elements in the government’s drive to help people in Scotland become more active.

Scottish Government

Red phone box saved in Tomitoul

People-power in Tomitoul has saved one of Scotland’s last remaining red phone boxes from being uprooted.

The Scotsman

Go-ahead for Lanarkshire homes

North Lanarkshire Council has given housebuilder Springfield Partnerships planning consent for 100 affordable homes in Harthill.

Scottish Construction Now

Glasgow housing scheme

Merchant Homes has submitted a planning application to Glasgow City Council for 132 homes as part of a new residential community for Glasgow East.

Scottish Construction Now

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