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Scotland round-up: Derelict mineral sites increase vacant land figures in Scotland; Sturgeon launches her programme for government

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 21 May-27 May, 2016

Derelict mineral sites increase vacant land figures in Scotland

Latest land use statistics have highlighted a large upward revision in the total amount of derelict land reported for 2014 in Scotland.

The Planner

Sturgeon launches her programme for government

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has presented her programme for government, stating that the “biggest investment we can make is in our people”.

The Planner

Strategic planning to protect wildlife and boost renewable energy, says RSPB

Strategic planning that puts nature first by identifying key sites for renewable energy schemes will help the UK meet its climate targets by 2050, according to a major study.

The Planner and BBC News  

Government contributes to future planners scheme fund

The Department for Communities and Local Government has contributed £36,000 to the RTPI student bursary fund the institute set up last year.

The Planner

Global alliance launched to better respond to disasters in cities

The Global Alliance for Urban Crises was launched earlier this week, with the aim of more effectively preventing, preparing for and responding to humanitarian crises in urban areas.

The Planner

India Buildings £60m Old Town hotel plan gets green light

Controversial plans for a £60 million hotel development involving listed buildings in the heart of the capital’s Old Town have been given the go-ahead despite concerns from local campaigners and UNESCO.

Edinburgh News Evening

Different fates for Langholm and Auldgirth wind farms

Councillors in Dumfries and Galloway have approved one wind farm scheme in the region but rejected another.

BBC News

Electric car chargers spread across Scotland as pumps dwindle

The number of rural petrol stations is about to be overtaken by electric chargers, with plug-in points replacing pumps in some villages.

The Scotsman

Public consultation event on new Inverness prison plans

Public consultations have started into proposals for a new prison at Milton of Leys, a suburb of Inverness.

BBC News

New heritage group offers £10m in funds

Communities across Scotland are set to receive £10 million from the country’s new heritage body, Historic Environment Scotland.

BBC News

Driverless buses for Aberdeen in ‘next five years’

Aberdeen could be the first place in Scotland to roll out driverless buses – possibly within five years - under ambitious plans to revamp the city.

The Scotsman

Talks to be held on reopening Edinburgh’s South Suburban railway line

New Lothian Tory MSP Miles Briggs is seeking early talks on bringing back passenger services to the capital’s South Suburban rail line.

Edinburgh News

SNH Board appointments

Five new appointments to the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) Board have been announced by environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham. Dr Kate Broughton, Cath Denholm, Dr Jackie Hyland, Aoife Martin, and Susan Murray have all been appointed as members of the board for three years.

Scottish Government

Scottish film studio ‘an issue of national importance’, say film-makers

The building of a major £140 million film studio outside Edinburgh should be recognised as an issue of "national importance", according to Scottish film-makers who want ministers to back proposals for a studio complex at Straiton.

Herald Scotland

New £35m regeneration programme brings ‘people power’ to communities

A new £35 million regeneration strategy devised by residents is transforming one of Aberdeen’s most deprived areas.

Aberdeen City Council

Climate threat to world heritage sites Orkney's late

The neolithic settlement of Skara Brae is one of the world’s most famous heritage sites threatened by climate change, a report has warned.

Herald Scotland