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Scotland round-up: Edinburgh region city deal signed off; Record number of Scottish parks given green flag status

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 15 July-21 July, 2017

Edinburgh region city deal signed off

Edinburgh and south-east Scotland’s long-awaited £1 billion city deal has finally been signed off after a last-minute round of meetings averted fears that the agreement might fall through.

The Planner

Labour force a key concern for transport industry in Brexit negotiations

The labour force and the aviation single market are among a number of key concerns for the transport industry as the UK negotiates Brexit.

The Planner

Government responds to Farmer Review

The government has issued its response to the Farmer Review, stating that the Construction Industry Council Training Board (CITB) should be retained, but that it should be reformed.

The Planner

1,000 waterfront homes could be built if loan deal goes ahead

More than 1,000 affordable rental homes could be built on derelict ground on the Edinburgh waterfront at Granton if developer Forth Ports secures a £76 million loan from the Scottish Government.

Edinburgh Evening News

New community bid for Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital

Residents near the capital’s Sick Kids Hospital have submitted a new bid to be given first refusal to buy the site under new urban community right-to-buy laws.

Edinburgh Evening News

Record number of Scottish parks given green flag status

A record 73 parks in Scotland have been given a prestigious Green Flag Award in recognition of their high standards and quality.

BBC News

Paisley shortlisted to become UK City of Culture in 2021

Paisley has been shortlisted as the sole Scottish contender vying to become the UK City of Culture in 2021.

BBC News

Tourists ‘put off’ by wind farms and quarries

More than half of Scots are put off visiting scenic areas in Scotland by large developments such as wind farms, pylons and super-quarries, a new poll commissioned by environmental charity the John Muir Trust has found.

The Scotsman

Aberdeen harbour expansion

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed the news that Scottish Enterprise will contribute £11.7 million towards Aberdeen Harbour’s £350 million expansion programme.

Scottish Government

Hotel and rooftop restaurant plans dropped at Dundee office block

Developers behind a bid to convert a 1970s office block in Dundee have submitted revised proposals for the project, which originally involved a hotel and holiday flats.

Scottish Construction Now

Noise concern over Edinburgh Airport flight path changes

Almost 4,000 people have responded to a second public consultation on Edinburgh Airport's plans to change its flight paths. Over half said they disagreed with the latest proposals.

BBC News

Work starts on Social Bite’s homeless village

The houses for Social Bite’s innovative new village for the homeless at a site in Edinburgh are now under construction, with the first residents expected by Christmas.

Scottish Housing News

Inverness art gallery revamp submitted for planning

Highland Council has submitted plans to transform the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. 

Scottish Construction Now

Local plan consultation ends

Public consultation on the proposed West Highland and Islands Local Development Plan has ended. 

The Highland Council

HMRC to move in Edinburgh office deal

The UK Government is to relocate 2,900 civil servants to a new hub in Edinburgh, near the city’s Waverley train station, by 2020.

BBC News

Glasgow top of the tree for most green space in Scottish cities

Ordnance Survey has updated its groundbreaking Scottish Greenspace Map and extended it to England and Wales, with Glasgow among the greenest cities in the UK.

The Scotsman