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Scotland round-up: Edinburgh unveils ambitious plans for new coastal settlement; Hunter Foundation eyes up Loch Lomond scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 15 February-21 February, 2020

Edinburgh unveils ambitious plans for new coastal settlement

The City of Edinburgh Council has unveiled proposals to transform Edinburgh’s largest brownfield site at Granton Waterfront into a new coastal town.

The Planner

Work-shadowing scheme gives young planners taste of life at the top table

This year’s edition of the RTPI’s work-shadowing initiative has kicked off with two young planners gaining a valuable insight into the life of a chief planning officer.


Planning takes centre stage in UN sustainable development declaration

The vital role of planning and of built environment professionals in achieving sustainable urban development features prominently in a declaration signed at the conclusion of the recent UN World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi.


Hunter Foundation eyes up Loch Lomond scheme

Hunter Foundation has unveiled proposals for a new leadership centre on the banks of Loch Lomond costing £10 million.

The Scotsman

Spaceport developments

Prospects for the Shetland Space Centre in Unst have been boosted by a £2 million investment from private equity firm Leonne International. Meanwhile, proposals to build a rocket-launching space port beside a vast tract of protected peatland in the Highlands have been condemned as “reckless” by environmentalist pressure group Extinction Rebellion.

The Scotsman

Blanket bog funding boost

Scientists from the University of Highland and Islands have been awarded nearly £1 million to undertake research into how climate change could affect blanket bogs and to assess the effectiveness of restoration efforts.

Glasgow Herald

Cowie housing moves

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has lodged detailed proposals with Stirling Council for at least 400 new homes at the western edge of Cowie.

Scottish Housing News

Capital’s glut of hotel rooms

Tourism industry leaders have admitted that Edinburgh has built too many hotel rooms – after their numbers soared by almost 50 per cent in the past decade.

The Scotsman

Improved mobile coverage in prospect for rural blackspots

Residents in New Luce, Wigtownshire, are the first in Scotland to benefit from a government-funded programme to provide 4G for areas with no mobile coverage from any operator under a scheme that will see up to 24 strategically located masts rolled out over the next two years.

Scottish Government

Economic benefits of Glasgow’s largest office block

An ambitious Glasgow development on Bothwell Street, which when completed next year will be the city’s largest office block with over 29,000 square metres of grade A floor space, looks set to generate up to £2.8 billion for the Scottish economy over the next 25 years, according to reports.  

The Scotsman

Scottish Land Fund beneficiaries

New affordable homes and business units are to be developed on a site at the island of Colonsay, thanks to £390,000 from the Scottish Land Fund, which has just announced that a total of nearly £1.6 million will be spent on 11 community ownership projects.

Scottish Land Fund/National Lottery

Land ownership poser for Scottish Borders

People in the Scottish Borders need to start questioning who owns Scotland’s land and emulate community buyouts in the Highlands and Islands, according to Linsay Chalmers, development manager of the charity Community Land Scotland. Her comments came ahead of a meeting in Langholm next week to bring together activists from the south of Scotland, Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

The Scotsman

Planning QC reads the runes over appeals

Scottish planning QC Gordon Steele has written an opinion piece in The Scotsman proposing a series of measures to improve decision times for planning appeals and arguing that reporters should be more highly paid.

The Scotsman

HES climate action plan

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has published a climate action plan for the next five years.

Historic Environment Scotland

Flats scheme for Glasgow’s Finnieston district

A leisure club in Glasgow’s Finnieston district will make way for three residential blocks consisting of 195 flats under proposals lodged with the city council by the Hampshire Pension Fund.

Scottish Housing News

Dundee planning hits the button

Dundee City Council’s planning performance has been rated at the highest level in 11 out of 13 measures, according to a government assessment.

Dundee City Council