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Scotland round-up: Falkirk reveals ambitious urban quarter plan; Land reform laws pass overwhelmingly at Holyrood

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 12 March-18 March, 2016

Falkirk reveals ambitious urban quarter plan

Falkirk Council has unveiled proposals for a new environmentally friendly ‘urban quarter’ on the eastern side of the town.

The Planner

Budget 2016: Housing

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that the date Local Housing Allowance caps will apply to new tenancies in the supported accommodation sector will be delayed by one year.

The Planner

Budget 2016: Housing reaction

The decision to delay the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap for tenants in supported accommodation by one year has been welcomed by Mary Taylor, the chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, as it allows time for the strategic review.

The Planner

Budget 2016: Devolution

Chancellor George Osborne announced in the Budget 2016 that negotiations will open with Edinburgh for a city deal.

The Planner

Land reform laws pass overwhelmingly at Holyrood

The Scottish Government’s Land Reform Bill has been passed by MSPs, and land reform minister Aileen McLeod has announced that the new Scottish Land Fund will open on April 1 with £10 million available for community buyouts.

Herald Scotland

Plans for North Kelvin Meadow called in by ministers

Scottish ministers have called in controversial plans to build flats in a popular Glasgow meadow.

The Scotsman

Plans lodged for high-end housing development at one of Glasgow's most prestigious addresses

Developers have lodged a planning application for a multi-million pound housing development at the A-listed Park Quadrant in the city's West End.

Herald Scotland

Cities alliance to showcase £7.5bn of property projects

The Scottish Cities Alliance has showcased some £7.5 billion of development opportunities in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling at this week’s global property conference in Cannes, France.

The Scotsman

Row over plans for some of Edinburgh’s historic cobbled roads

Some of Edinburgh's famous cobbled streets could be consigned to history to tackle rising repair bills.

Herald Scotland

‘Rail revolution’ announced

Transport minister Derek Mackay has announced a “revolution in rail” in Scotland, which will deliver the largest programme of benefits for rail passengers as ScotRail announces 200 new services with passengers across Tayside, Stirlingshire, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and the Borders set to feel the benefits.

Scotland Government

Major development set for historic Glasgow building

Property developer Whiteburn has revealed plans to turn the former Distillers’ House in Glasgow into 9,290 square metres of new office space, retaining the main historical elements of the B-listed red sandstone building in Waterloo Street.

The Scotsman

SNH makes constructive contribution to planning system

A customer survey on the input of Scottish Natural Heritage to the planning system has highlighted the fact that it makes a positive contribution, but not all respondents had a clear understanding of SNH’s role.

Scottish National Heritage

Scottish Government pledge £50m to fund affordable homes

The Scottish Government is ploughing £50 million over the next two years into an ethical financial scheme to support the development of nearly 1,000 new affordable and social homes.

Herald Scotland

Ex-school sites in Clydebank approved for housing

Councillors in West Dunbartonshire have approved plans for housing developments at two former Clydebank school sites.

BBC News