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15/12/2017

Scotland round-up: Draft Budget promises greater city deal spending in Scotland; Go-ahead for Leith development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 9 December-15 December, 2017

Draft Budget promises greater city deal spending in Scotland

Ministers have promised to double the Scottish Government’s spending on city region deals as the administration announced its Draft Budget for 2018/19.

The Planner

National manufacturing facility move

Renfrewshire will be home to the country’s new £65 million National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS), with Strathclyde University announced as the anchor university for the facility, which will be located at Inchinnan, next to Glasgow International Airport and the M8.  

Scottish Government

Go-ahead for Leith development

Long-running plans have finally been approved to revitalise disused land opposite Leith’s Ocean Terminal with 388 new homes.

Scottish Housing News

Affordable homes delivery

More than 70,000 affordable homes have been delivered since 2007, according to national statistics released this week.

Scottish Government

Councillors approved Paisley regeneration plans

Proposals to transform Paisley’s West End into a neighbourhood with 150 new homes and strengthened links to the town centre have been given the green light.

Scottish Housing News

Tram scheme costs

The final true cost of the capital’s tram scheme will be over £1 billion, the inquiry into the troubled project has been told.

The Scotsman

Borders wind farm appeal succeeds

Green power developer 2020 Renewables has won its appeal over its Whitelaw Brae 14-turbine wind farm in the Tweedsmuir hills.

BBC News

Second appeal over landmark Edinburgh site

The long-running saga over the future of Edinburgh’s former Royal High School is set to continue after the developers behind a rejected scheme to convert it into a luxury hotel confirmed that they are appealing against refusal of their revised plans for the A-listed property.

Edinburgh Evening News

Community land ownership makes waves

Latest official figures show that in June 2017 there were 227,500 hectares of land in community ownership, which equates to 2.9 per cent of the total land area of Scotland.

Scottish Government

Inverness developments

Tulloch Homes has gained planning permission for 767 new homes in Inverness, a mix of houses and flats to be built in three phases on farmland near the new West Link Road, a stretch of which has just been opened.

BBC News

Dunbartonshire hospital redevelopment mooted

CALA Homes and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have submitted a planning application to East Dunbartonshire Council for a proposed housing development of 162 units at the former Broomhill Hospital in Kirkintilloch.

Scottish Construction Now

Taller student scheme for Glasgow

A student housing project planned for Glasgow’s High Street is set to be even taller than the original 12-storey tower initially proposed.

Scottish Construction Now

Galloway Glens scheme

A project to care for the landscape of the Galloway Glens in south-west Scotland and reconnect people with its ‘natural beauty’ has landed a £2.73 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

BBC News

50th conservation area designated in Edinburgh

The capital’s 50th conservation area, Restalrig, was announced this week by Edinburgh City Council.

Edinburgh City Council

RIAS probe

The charity regulator has launched an investigation into the finances and governance of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), according to reports.

Scottish Construction News

Galloway national park?

A new bid has been launched for a third national park in Scotland to help protect landscape and wildlife in Galloway.

Glasgow Herald

Aberdeen FC move benefits questioned

The economic benefit of Aberdeen Football Club’s hotly disputed new stadium and training facilities at Kingsford has been ‘grossly overstated’, say objectors who have commissioned a new review from an economic consultancy.

BBC News

Electric trains start-up

The first electric trains on the Edinburgh-Glasgow main line have begun operating, ScotRail has confirmed.

The Scotsman

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