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Scotland round-up: Emergency bill extends duration of planning permissions; Aberdeen housing proposals lodged

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 28 March-3 April, 2020

Emergency bill extends duration of planning permissions

The Scottish Parliament has voted unanimously in favour of new emergency powers – including an extension to the expiry times for planning permissions.

The Planner

CAP appoints Ian Tant as vice-president

Ian Tant has been appointed as vice-president of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP). The immediate past president of the RTPI will serve in this role for two years.

The Planner

COP26 postponed due to Covid-19

The COP26 UN climate change crisis has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

The Planner

Aberdeen housing proposals lodged

Housebuilder Bancon Homes has lodged proposals for more than 200 homes at Maidencraig South in the west of Aberdeen as part of an approved masterplan for a new neighbourhood of 825 homes.

The Scotsman

Go-ahead for Edinburgh hotel project

The city council has approved plans to turn the New Look shop in Princes Street in Edinburgh into a restaurant and hotel extension creating 59 new rooms.

Glasgow Herald

Doubts over affordable homes target

A Chartered Institute of Housing report has questioned whether the government will meet its pledge to deliver 50,000 affordable homes by 2022 after highlighting that half the target has taken three years to achieve, which means the remaining half must be delivered in the final two years. Meanwhile, in a separate but related development, the government has confirmed that it will invest another £40 million in Allia C&C’s Scottish Charitable Bond programme for 2020/21, to help continue to deliver its social housing targets.

Scottish Housing News

Backlash over luxury homes scheme in capital conservation area

A trust with ties to one of Donald Trump’s most senior cabinet members and his Scottish wife is facing concerted public opposition over its proposals to develop a cluster of luxury townhouses and flats in a conservation area in west Murrayfield – one of the capital’s most sought-after districts.

The Scotsman

Granite City flats proposed

The Cater Group has submitted proposals to build 86 flats at the site of the former University of Aberdeen Training Corps building off King Street, which would be demolished if the scheme goes ahead.

Scottish Housing News

Dundee demolition mooted by uni

Unlisted tenement buildings in Dundee’s Airlie Place deemed too expensive to maintain could soon be demolished to make way for temporary soft landscaping under proposals submitted by the city’s university.

Scottish Housing News

Aberdeen school listing appeal

Camphill Estates has appealed to the government to have the C-listing removed from the former Waldorf School on Craigton Road, Cults. The developer argues that the designation is hampering the redevelopment of the site.

BBC News

Cash boost for East Ayrshire coalfield regeneration

East Ayrshire’s former coalfield area is set to benefit from a landscape and heritage regeneration project, thanks to a £2.2 award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It will help to bankroll a five-year scheme involving community-led projects to improve the cultural, natural and industrial heritage of the area.

East Ayrshire Council

New dawn for Michelin’s Dundee site?

Tyre production at the Michelin plant in Dundee has come to an end after 50 years, releasing the site for ambitious proposals for a so-called Innovation Parc, which is set to create opportunities in manufacturing, remanufacturing, recycling and low-carbon transport.

Glasgow Herald