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Scotland round-up: Edinburgh tourism tax on the cards for £1 billion city deal; £2.27m rural development fund open for applications in Lomond

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 30 January-5 February, 2016

Edinburgh tourism tax on the cards for £1 billion city deal

A ‘tourism tax’ aimed at raising up to £15 million annually for Edinburgh is expected to be given the go-ahead as part of the proposed £1 billion city deal.

The Planner

£2.27m rural development fund open for applications

A new EU development funding programme covering the rural Forth Valley and Lomond area is open for applications from communities and businesses.

The Planner

RTPI announces finalists for planning awards

More than 60 projects and people have been announced as finalists for the RTPI’s 2016 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

Hawick enterprise zone call after knitwear job losses

An MSP has called for the creation of an “enterprise zone” for Hawick, which has recently been hit hard by the loss of 100 knitwear jobs.

BBC News

Granton waterfront set for 100 new homes

One hundred new homes are proposed to be built in Granton in the latest phase of the sprawling Waterfront development project two miles from the centre of the capital.

Edinburgh News

Plans for £20m Aberdeen International Airport revamp

Details of a £20 million redevelopment of Aberdeen International Airport have been unveiled.

BBC News

Tram-trains could allow Edinburgh’s South Sub railway to reopen

New hybrid trains that can run on both tram tracks and traditional rail lines could hold the answer to reopening Edinburgh’s South Suburban railway, says an MSP.

Edinburgh News

Lowther Hills wind farm seeks progress

A scoping report has been submitted to the Scottish government on plans to build 42 wind turbines in the Lowther Hills in Dumfries and Galloway.

BBC News

Green campaigners deliver manifestos to Scottish parties

Environmental campaigners have sent their manifesto to Holyrood’s political parties, urging Scotland to play its part in tackling climate change.

The Scotsman

Glasgow building up to turning around derelict wasteland

Glasgow has the most vacant ‘brownfield’ sites in Scotland, with 60 per cent of residents living less than 500 metres from one, according to latest statistics.

The Scotsman

Ambitious £1bn plan to transform Glasgow University takes step forward

An ambitious plan to transform one of Scotland's oldest universities has taken a step forward with proposals for a new campus at the University of Glasgow on the site of the former Western Infirmary.

Herald Scotland