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24/08/2017

Scotland round-up: Dundee identifies sites for 5,200 homes; Green light for new A9 road

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 19 August-25 August, 2017

Dundee identifies sites for 5,200 homes

A report just published by Dundee City Council has identified a series of sites across the city that can accommodate more than 5,200 homes.

The Planner

Wheatley unveils £65m private investment deal

Wheatley Group has announced it has secured a further £65 million of private investment for its rolling programme of 3,500 new affordable homes across the Glasgow area.

Scottish Housing News

Shift from air to rail saves 700,000 tonnes of carbon emissions on Scotland-London route

A radical shift in travel habits by Scots who now take the train to London rather than drive to the UK capital has cut carbon emissions equivalent to two years of traffic on the M8, a new report has suggested.

Herald Scotland

Green light for new A9 road

Economic secretary Keith Brown has announced that the first section of the mammoth A9 dualling programme – between Kincraig and Dalraddy – is to open this week.

Scottish Government

Lar Housing Trust secures £65m to build up portfolio

Fife-based Lar Housing Trust has secured a multimillion-pound funding package that aims to boost its provision of mid-market rental properties across Scotland.

The Scotsman

Dundee FC reveals latest plans for new stadium

Dundee Football Club has announced the latest move in its proposals to build a new stadium near the city’s Camperdown Park.

BBC News

Turriff affordable homes scheme recommended for approval

Plans to create a new neighbourhood of 231 affordable homes in Turriff look set to be given final approval now that Aberdeenshire Council planners have backed the proposals.

Scottish Housing News

Scottish planning review no longer promises major reform, warns BEFS

The Built Environment Forum Scotland has voiced disappointment that the scope of the Scottish Government’s review of the country’s planning system has shifted from major reform to a series of procedural changes.

Scottish Construction Now

Angus Council backs £26m regeneration plan for Arbroath

A £26 million housing-led regeneration in the Timmergreens area of Arbroath can begin now that councillors have given the green light for the scheme.

Scottish Housing News

Major project to revive historic park begins

A major £5.2 million project to restore Edinburgh’s historic Saughton Park has begun.

The City of Edinburgh Council

Expansion of shopping centres backed by Aberdeen planners

Council planners have backed proposals to expand the Bon Accord and St Nicholas shopping centres in Aberdeen, with more retail and commercial floor space included in the plans.

Scottish Construction Now

£5m plans for former Leith cinema revealed

A £5 million project to convert the former iconic art deco State Cinema in Leith into 37 flats has been proposed.

Edinburgh Evening News

Glasgow looks to Venice with water taxi service to airport

Proposals for a water taxi service from Glasgow airport to the city centre have been unveiled by John Hillis, who runs power boat trips on the Clyde.

The Scotsman

Last Postbus reaches the end of the road

Britain’s last Postbus, which was operating in Sutherland, has made its final journey.

The Scotsman

Hundreds of new home sites identified in Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders Council has published supplementary planning guidance identifying a string of potential sites across the region where hundreds of new homes could be built. 

BBC News

Leadhills to Wanlockhead railway extension work starts

Work has started to extend a tiny narrow gauge railway to Scotland's highest village.

BBC News 

Ben Nevis snow free for first time in 11 years

For the first time in 11 years there is no snow on Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

BBC News

Work begins on £1bn development to build 3,000 houses

Work has started on Springfield Properties’ mixed-use, 3,000-home Bertha Park village development on a 333-hectare site beside the Inveralmond roundabout in Perth.

BBC News

New images unveiled of extended Waverley platforms

Network Rail has released new images showing how Edinburgh Waverley’s extended platforms will look once completed.

Scottish Construction Now

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