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Scotland round-up: Final lap for new draft local development plan for Dundee; Scottish ministers back Murray sports scheme at Dunblane

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 26 August-1 Spetember, 2017

Final lap for new draft local development plan for Dundee

Dundee City Council has published its latest draft local development plan for a final round of comments before submission to the Scottish Government.

The Planner

Scottish ministers back Murray sports scheme at Dunblane despite reporter advice to refuse it

Scottish ministers have gone against the recommendation of a government planning reporter who concluded that proposals for an elite tennis facility and golf academy in the green belt at Dunblane - as backed by Judy Murray, mother of tennis star Andy – should not get planning permission.

The Planner

Vote for your 2018 RTPI vice-president

The RTPI has announced the nominations for a number of board places, including the role of 2018 vice-president, with voting now open.

The Planner

Kingswells group asked to withdraw Aberdeen FC stadium objection

A community council opposed to plans for a new Aberdeen Football Club stadium at Kingsford, close to the Aberdeen bypass, has been asked by city officials to consider withdrawing its objection.

BBC News

Edinburgh Royal High School hotel plans rejected

Revised proposals to convert the Old Royal High School building, an Edinburgh landmark, into a luxury hotel have been rejected by councillors on the advice of planners.

BBC News

£5.3 million for Ayrshire

The administration is to invest £5.3 million to turn a former Kilmarnock bottling plant into a low-carbon development, which will include hundreds of affordable homes for Ayrshire.

Scottish Government

Queensferry Crossing added to Google Maps

Google has added the new Queensferry Crossing to its Maps application, allaying fears that the new bridge, which opened to traffic this week, would be omitted.

The Scotsman

Aberdeenshire affordable homes decision deferred over project’s viability

Aberdeenshire councillors have deferred a decision over the development of 231 affordable homes in Turriff after concerns were raised about the viability of the scheme.

Scottish Housing News

Housing plans submitted for former Innerleithen mill

Developer Whiteburn has submitted a detailed planning application for the redevelopment of the former Caerlee Mill in Innerleithen involving a mix of forty-four houses and cottage flats.

Scottish Construction Now

Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre plans Argyle Street revamp

Part of Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre shopping centre is set to be knocked down to make way for new retail floor space under the latest plans for the mall by operator Sovereign Centros.

The Scotsman

Powers granted to tackle housing conditions in private sector.

Additional powers have been given to Glasgow City Council to tackle problems in the private rented sector in Govanhill.

Scottish Government

Prestigious film and TV school to open in Scotland

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £475,000 Scottish Government investment to support the National Film and Television School’s plans to set up a base in Scotland.

Scottish Government

Future of Crofting

A consultation on future crofting law priorities has been launched by rural affairs secretary Fergus Ewing.

Scottish Government

Glasgow social housing developer Hawthorn lands £5.7m funding

Glasgow has received a social housing boost with the news that Hawthorn Housing Co-operative is to build 48 homes in Possilpark after securing a multimillion-pound funding package.

The Scotsman

Church of Scotland minister calls for two new towns to house refugees

A Church of Scotland minister has argued that two new settlements should be built in the Highlands, each housing 100,000 refugees, to help tackle the region’s depopulation problems.

The Scotsman

Bon Accord Centre redevelopment in Aberdeen approved

Councillors have approved a major redevelopment of an Aberdeen shopping facility – the Bon Accord Centre – which will see new shops, offices and flats as well as a 170-room hotel.

BBC News

Heritage watchdog says festival crowds ‘choking’ Edinburgh

The capital is becoming dysfunctional in August because of the vast number of people flooding into the city centre to attend festivals, according to former RTPI president Cliff Hague, an urban planner and academic, who is currently the chair of Edinburgh’s Cockburn Association. Hague has called for the major festivals to be spread out during the year to allow the city to “manage” major events better.

The Scotsman

BT aims to up 4G and internet coverage by 2021

The BT Group expects its fibre-optic broadband to be available across the whole of Scotland by 2021, with 81 per cent of the country to be covered by the company's 4G mobile phone system by the end of the year.

Herald Scotland

Edinburgh tram enquiry has already cost £6.1m

The inquiry into what went wrong with Edinburgh’s tram project has already cost £6.1 million, the government has confirmed, with public oral sessions due to start next week.

Edinburgh Evening News

Council reject plans for 750 new homes near ERI

Developers have failed to persuade councillors to grant approval for 750 new homes on green belt land behind the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, despite plans to include a park that would have been the biggest in the capital.

Edinburgh Evening News

Davidson unveils plans to build councils houses

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has unveiled plans to tackle Scotland’s housing crisis by building thousands of new council properties.

Herald Scotland

Glasgow approves £67m funding for affordable homes

Glasgow City Council has approved the next stage of its affordable housing supply initiative by allocating nearly £67 million to support the building of 882 new affordable homes by housing associations and private developers in the city this financial year.

Glasgow City Council

Western Isles to get its first mosque after council grant approval

Plans to build the Western Isles’ first mosque in Stornoway have been approved, on the eve of one of the holiest occasions in the Muslim calendar.

Herald Scotland