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Scotland round-up: Extending the Borders railway to Carlisle to be considered; Household numbers projected to rise in cities

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 8 April-13 April, 2017

Extending the Borders railway to Carlisle to be considered

Extending the Borders railway will be one of the options considered by a new study looking at improving transport provision in the south of Scotland, across all modes including road, rail and public transport.

The Planner 

Household numbers projected to rise in cities

Figures published this week by the National Records of Scotland suggest that the number of households is projected to rise around Scotland’s biggest cities, and within its two national parks.

Scottish Government

Glasgow approves plans for £20m hotel

Plans for a 17-storey, 150-bedroom hotel complete with a sky bar overlooking the River Clyde have been given the green light by Glasgow City Council.

Scottish Construction Now

New homes plan submitted by Ardenglen Housing Association

Ardenglen Housing Association has submitted detailed plans to Glasgow City Council for the construction of 22 new homes on the site of the former St Martin’s School at Ardencraig Road in Castlemilk.

Scottish Housing News

Financial close reached on Gorbals & Woodside health and care centres
Farming union NFU Scotland has issued a call for new planning regulations to recognise the requirements of modern agriculture in its response to the government’s proposed planning reforms.

Scottish Construction Now

Consultation on Loch Lomond national park plan

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority has launched a public consultation on its priorities for the next five years.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

More shops closed in Scotland than anywhere in Britain

More shops have closed in Scotland than in any other part of Britain last year with one shutting each day, researchers have found. Additionally, sector research has suggested that a quarter of shops in Scotland could close within the next decade becuse of the rise of online retailers and increasing costs.

Herald Scotland

Councillors approve new homes in south of Inverness

A trio of housing developments to the south of Inverness are set to climb off the drawing board and deliver more than 230 new homes.

Press and Journal

Number of Scots working in renewable energy on the rise

The number of workers in Scotland employed in the low carbon and renewables sector has risen to 58,500 in 2015 – up from 43,500 in 2014.

The Scotsman

Deal could mean new life for Lyness oil storage tanks

Orkney County Council has signed up to a deal that could see the underground oil tanks at Lyness, Hoy, brought back into use.

BBC News

Plans for marine centre unveiled

Plans for a £5.5 million National Marine Centre for Scotland have been unveiled in East Lothian.

BBC News

Worst-polluting cars may face Glasgow city centre pollution charge

Drivers of the worst-polluting vehicles could be charged to go into parts of Glasgow city centre under plans from the SNP group on the local authority, which would mirror London’s congestion charge regime.

Herald Scotland

Managaging unauthorised travellers sites

The government has published revised guidance on managing unauthorised camping by gypsies and travellers.

Scottish Government

Scots turning gardens to driveways to avoid pavement parking concerns

The country’s homeowners have apparently been rushing to convert their front gardens into driveways as concerns grow about the outlawing of pavement parking in Scotland. 

Herald Scotland

Politicians urged to back Celtic’s plans for redevelopment

Celtic Football Club chief executive Peter Lawwell has urged local and national politicians to back the Glasgow club’s redevelopment proposals around its existing stadium.

Herald Scotland

New M8 ‘missing link’ set to open

A new section of the M8 is to open to traffic nearly a week ahead of schedule, cutting up to 20 minutes off the journey time between the country’s two biggest cities.

Scottish Government

Tracking Scotland’s changing landscape

A new way of tracking and reporting on Scotland’s ever-changing landscapes has been launched by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Planning review misses the mark on housing delivery, say builders

Trade body Homes for Scotland has submitted its response to the Scottish Government’s proposals on Places, People and Planning, expressing the frustration of its 200 member companies.

Homes for Scotland