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Scotland round-up: Eco buses, £776m tram project

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 18-24 October, 2014

Boost for Lerwick port expansion

A contract has been awarded for the £16.5 million expansion of Shetland’s main harbour – one of the biggest fishing ports in Europe.The move by Lerwick Port Authority provides both the fishing and oil industries with a major boost with offshore drilling underway off the west coast of Scotland and Outer Hebrides.A new L-shaped jetty at Holmsgarth North will stretch to more than 630 metres and provide deep-water berthing of 10 m of water, as well as more working area to the fishing fleet.The outer arm of the new pier will create a dock sheltering a planned new white fish market and will also be suitable for berthing offshore industry vessels.Site set-up will start before Christmas and the main works are due to get underway in the New Year, with completion by autumn 2016.During the independence referendum the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Shetland was on the cusp of a “second oil boom”. Her comments came during growing speculation that test drilling on the Clair Ridge project west of Shetland is exceeding expectations.

The Scotsman.

Scotland to get more eco buses

Scotland is set to see more low-carbon emission buses on its streets after a government contribution towards the cost.

The Planner 

Wind farm to power 35,000 Scottish homes

East Ayrshire wind farm has been given the go-ahead to benefit 35,000 homes.

The Planner 

Edinburgh tram inquiry could take up two years

The public inquiry into Edinburgh’s £776 million tram project could take as long as two years to deliver, it has been revealed.

The Scotsman 

Proposal for Nathro Hill wind farm at Brechin dropped

Plans for a large wind farm on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park have been dropped. Eurowind UK had been bidding to install 17 turbines standing up to 143 metres high at Nathro Hill near Brechin.

BBC News 

Councillors turn down Inverness brewery plan

Plans for a brewery in the centre of Inverness have been turned down. The owners of the Glen Mhor Hotel on the city's riverside wanted to demolish a bar to incorporate the multi-million pound development as part of the existing Victorian building. Highland councillors were concerned about the proposed scale of the development, as well as other issues including parking.

BBC News 

JK Rowling to build ‘Hagrid Hut’ on estate grounds

JK Rowling, the bestselling author of the Harry Potter novels, has been given planning permission to build a replica of ‘Hagrid’s Hut’ in the grounds of her home in Perthshire. The author wants to install the stone-built summerhouse on the edge of her 19th-century, 162-acre Killiechassie Estate, near Aberfeldy.

The Scotsman 

St Andrews plans UK first carbon neutral university

Plans for Scotland’s oldest university to become the United Kingdom’s first carbon-neutral institution have came a step closer now plans for a biomass development at an old paper mill have been approved.

The Scotsman 

Awards ask: is Aberdeen Scotland’s worst city?

The city of Aberdeen has emerged as the frontrunner in a competition to find the “most dismal” place in Scotland. The Granite City has been branded as the place where “architecture goes to die” in the shortlist for the Carbuncle Awards.

The Scotsman