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Scotland round-up: East Lothian draft local development plan published; 50,000 homes pledge

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 14-20 November, 2015

Controversial compact growth strategy highlighted in East Lothian Council’s draft plan

East Lothian Council this week approved its draft local development plan (LDP), which sets out a controversial compact growth development strategy for 10,500 new homes and 76 hectares of employment land.

The Planner

Scotland’s new heritage body invites people to help shape its strategy

Historic Environment Scotland (HES), the country’s new heritage body has started consulting on its first draft corporate plan which sets out its priorities and how it plans to carry out its functions. The organisation brings together two of Scotland's leading heritage bodies, Historic Scotland and The Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments Scotland.

The Herald

50,000 homes pledge

Housing minister Margaret Burgess has pledged to invest £3 billion to deliver 50,000 new affordable homes over the next five years. This commitment came after the government announced that it had exceeded its existing five-year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes.

Scottish Government 

Wind farm consents refused

Scottish ministers have refused consent for a 22-turbine wind farm at Sallachy and Duchally estate in central Sutherland, and a 23-turbine wind farm situated at Glencassley Estate in Lairg, also in Sutherland. Ministers decided the projects would have an unacceptable impact on a National Scenic Area (NSA) and the Reay-Cassley wild land area.

Scottish Government 

M-I Swaco lodge plans for major barite mine in Perthshire

An oilfield services company has lodged plans to create a major new barite mine north of Aberfeldy in Perthshire.

BBC News

Council has 3 weeks to agree on Leith trams plan

City councillors have agreed in principle to extending Edinburgh’s tram line to Leith at a cost of £162 million.

The Scotsman

Coal Task Force report published

The administration has published a report into the work of the Opencast Coal Task Force Compliance and Finance sub-groups, which were set up during 2014 to implement change and consider the outcome of a public consultation on the ‘Opencast Coal Restoration: Better Regulation’ proposals.

Scottish Government 

Town centre case studies published

The government has published (on 18 November) a slew of case studies on town centre planning pilots for Central Govan, Elgin, Fife, and Kirkaldy.

Scottish Government 

Aberdeenshire housing scheme backed by councillors

The first phase of a £140 million proposal to build hundreds of homes in the Aberdeenshire village of Blackdog has been backed by councillors.

The Press and Journal 

Four turbines to be built near natural Aberdeenshire burial ground

Plans to build four 220-feet wind turbines near a natural burial ground at Petty Hill, Fyvie, in Aberdeenshire, have been approved by the council’s Formartine area planning committee.

The Press and Journal 

Empty homes in Scotland could be worth £4.3billion

Scotland's 27,000 empty homes could be worth more than £4.3 billion, the body working to bring them back into use has revealed.

The Scotsman 

Work on new A9 Spey crossing ‘to consider wildlife’

The potential effects on wildlife will be considered in the design and construction of a new crossing on the River Spey, the government has insisted as three alternative designs for the project were unveiled by Transport Scotland.

BBC News

Scottish shop vacancy rate ‘at four-year low’

The number of empty shops in Scotland’s town centres has fallen to its lowest level in more than four years, according to a survey.

BBC News 

Named and shamed: the dirtiest companies in Scotland

More than 300 industrial sites across Scotland - including a host of well-known names - have been named and shamed by the government’s green watchdog for their “poor” or “very poor” performance on pollution, it has been revealed.

The Herald 

Council approves next stage for regeneration of Sauchiehall and Garnethill district

Glasgow City Council has approved the next stage of the Sauchiehall and Garnethill District Regeneration Framework, which features 80 proposed projects, including a bridge and park built over the M8 near Charing Cross.

Glasgow City Council

Council approves 261 houses for Lossiemouth

Moray councillors have narrowly voted in favour of backing a new housing development that will eventually bring 261 houses to Lossiemouth.

The Northern Scot 

Working with Scotland’s cities

Scottish Government investment in cities is delivering tenfold, with £4 million bringing £40 million in return, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has claimed.

The Scottish Government