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Scotland round-up: Edinburgh green belt housing scheme controversy intensifies; RTPI Scotland welcomes housing minister

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 14 May-20 May, 2016

Edinburgh green belt housing scheme controversy intensifies

The City of Edinburgh Council is coming under increasing pressure to throw out plans for a major housing development on the outskirts of the capital.

The Planner

RTPI Scotland welcomes housing minister

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced who will make up her cabinet team and who will stand as housing minister.

The Planner

Queen’s Speech 2016: Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill announced

A bill aimed at speeding up the planning process and minimising delays has been announced in the 2016 Queen’s Speech.

The Planner

Queen’s Speech 2016: Reaction

A Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill has been announced in the Queen’s Speech, with the industry welcoming the intent to strengthen neighbourhood planning but critical about privatisation of the Land Registry.

The Planner

Outlander's Cumbernauld film studio allowed to expand

A film studio complex in North Lanarkshire used by the hit TV series Outlander has won permission to expand.

BBC News

Scottish Natural Heritage published protected natural features statistics

Scottish Natural Heritage has released the latest figures on the proportion of Scottish protected natural features in favourable condition. The main findings show that of the more than 5,000 Scottish natural features on protected nature sites, 80 per cent are either in favourable condition, or unfavourable but recovering towards a favourable condition.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish airbase ‘runway-ready’ to be UK’s first spaceport

Scotland’s Discover Space UK, based at the community-owned airbase near Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula, has claimed it is ‘runway-ready’ to support the government’s ambitions for a UK spaceport.

The Scotsman

Bridge of Dee crossing consultation from Aberdeen City Council

A consultation on a new crossing for the Bridge of Dee area in Aberdeen has been launched by the city council.

BBC News

Edinburgh city centre to get free wifi this summer

Free wifi is to be rolled out across Edinburgh city centre from this summer – promising no-cost high-speed internet access 24 hours a day and improved mobile coverage for residents and visitors from Queen Street to the Meadows and Haymarket to Holyrood Park.

The Scotsman

Borders Railway extension to Carlisle ‘a realistic prospect’

Extending the Borders Railway to Carlisle is “a realistic prospect”, according to Scottish Secretary David Mundell.

The Scotsman

New powers for Aberdeenshire Council to tackle housing shortage

Aberdeenshire Council officers have been handed new powers to buy property in a bid to increase the supply of affordable housing and tackle homelessness.

Scottish Housing News

Fife Council ready to fight ministers’ attempts to ‘centralise control’ of planning

The council claims Scottish ministers are centralising control of planning decisions around contentious developments, despite overwhelming local opposition.

The Courier

Bike parking boost for Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh Council is set to install hundreds of new cycle racks across the capital, creating up to 800 spaces for cyclists to secure their bikes.

The City of Edinburgh Council