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Scotland round-up: Edinburgh LDP submitted, Brown says ‘Scotland’s cities mean business’

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 8 May-15 May, 2015

City council submits Edinburgh LDP for scrutiny

Edinburgh City Council has approved the latest version of its Local Development Plan (LDP) for examination by a reporter to be appointed by the Scottish Government. 

The Planner

Professional bodies lay out 16 steps for tackling underperforming towns and cities

Four economic and regeneration professional bodies, including the RTPI, have collaborated on a report that focuses on economic potential.

The Planner

Scotland’s cities mean business – Brown

Scotland’s cities need business, the third sector and government to work closely together in order to reach their full potential, insists infrastructure secretary Keith Brown.

Scottish Government 

Minister opens new shared office for Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish government minister Aileen McLeod has opened Strathallan House, a new shared office in Stirling for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Scotland tops on European map

A new map of Scotland’s land and freshwater habitats, adopting the European classification standard, has been unveiled by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Scottish Natural Heritage

New rules to safeguard Edinburgh cultural venues

New rules to protect important cultural venues from developers, reduce red tape for promoters and allow artists to take over empty buildings are all elements of a long-term vision for Edinburgh’s cultural future.

The Scotsman

Over £1.6m of grants for Calton and Barras businesses

Glasgow City Council has awarded more than £1.6 million in grants for business and projects under a scheme centred on the Barras market that aims to bring vacant or underused floor space (and land) back into use and to give vacant buildings a new role.

Glasgow City Council

‘New Waverley’ project to convert historic arches

A set of Victorian arches are to be converted into a retail and leisure quarter in the latest phase of a controversial £150 million development of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

The Scotsman

Trams probe chief calls on public for evidence

From this week members of the public can submit evidence to the judge-led public inquiry into the chaotic construction of Edinburgh’s tram line.

The Scotsman

Action Plan agreed by Fife Taskforce

The second meeting of the Fife Taskforce has agreed an action plan for Glenrothes and Central Fife that highlights the need to regenerate industrial estates and explore new uses for the Tullis Russell site.

Scottish Government