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Scotland round-up: Edinburgh LDP enters the final straight; Green light for Old Town development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 2 July-8 July, 2016

Edinburgh LDP enters the final straight

Edinburgh’s local development plan is inching closer to being formally adopted.

The Planner

RTPI: Is planning reform heading in the right or wrong direction?

The RTPI is seeking the views of its members on the impact of recent planning reforms to the UK's planning systems and on their work.

The Planner 

Public invited to have their say on the running of Edinburgh World Heritage Site

Members of the public have been invited to have their say on how the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site should be run.

Historic Environment Scotland 

Green light for Old Town development

An area of disused buildings near the Grassmarket in Edinburgh’s Old Town is set to be transformed after councillors approved a controversial development to redevelop them with a 92-bedroom hotel, student flats and a public square.

Edinburgh News Evening 

Edmonstone Home Farm plan on hold after developer goes bankrupt

Major plans to build hundreds of new homes and a primary school on farmland in the south-east sector of Edinburgh have stalled after the developer went bankrupt.

Edinburgh News Evening

Hawick whisky distillery plans approved

Scottish Borders Council has approved plans for a £10 million project that will involve building a whisky distillery on a former industrial site at Hawick.

BBC News

Delivery of rail projects in Scotland behind schedule

Major rail improvement projects in Scotland such as the electrification of the line between Edinburgh and Glasgow are behind schedule and costs are spiralling, according to a report.

Scottish Government

Construction work begins on Aberdeen's new exhibition and conference centre

Proposals for a new exhibition and conference centre for Aberdeen and north-east Scotland climbed off the drawing board this week.

Aberdeen City Council 

Councillors vote to reject Inverness see-saw artwork

Members of Highland Council have voted not to go ahead with The Gathering Place, a see-saw-like arts installation that was planned for a site at the River Ness outside Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

BBC News

SNH launch public consultation on proposed SPAs

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has begun consulting on 10 potential new Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in coastal areas that would help marine birds.

Scottish Natural Heritage