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Scotland round-up: Firm to proceed with Shetland wind farm; Meadowbank partner sought

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 13 June-19 June, 2020

Firm to proceed with Shetland wind farm

Power company SSE Renewables has made the final investment decision to proceed with the 103-turbine project on a site in Shetland.  

The Planner

Scotland’s speculative development model is ‘not delivering the homes needed' 

The Scottish Land Commission has argued that the country’s reliance on the speculative private development model to deliver homes will not achieve the level required to meet demand. 

The Planner

Nominate your 2021 RTPI vice-president

Nominations are open for the RTPI elections, including the position of 2021’s vice-president.

The Planner

Meadowbank partner sought

Edinburgh City Council is looking for a development partner for the creation of a new mixed-use neighbourhood at Meadowbank set to involve about 600 new energy-efficient homes (35 per cent of them affordable) on a five-hectare site next to the new sports centre.

Edinburgh City Council

Dundee tenement demolition rethink

The University of Dundee has withdrawn its request for permission to demolish historic tenement buildings at the city’s Airlie Place following concerns voiced by the city council and Historic Environment Scotland.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow hotel approved

A 14-storey 183-bedroom hotel has been given the green light by Glasgow City Council for a site in the city’s Central Conservation Area.

Scottish Construction Now

Slavery museum proposal for Glasgow’s Egyptian halls

A proposal to turn Glasgow’s empty A-listed Egyptian Halls into a Museum of Slavery has won a public vote.

Scottish Construction Now

Finnieston beer garden plan

The owners of Glasgow’s iconic Rotunda building in Finnieston have revealed proposals for what is claimed would be the city’s “biggest beer garden”. It would involve creating an outdoor venue based on areas currently used for parking and as private patios.

Glasgow Herald

Arran homes

North Ayrshire Council has unveiled proposals for 34 units of social housing on a steeply sloping site in the village of Brodick on the Isle of Arran.

Scottish Housing News

Broadband boost

Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Stirling are set to benefit from a £1.5 billion fibre broadband scheme announced by CityFibre, one of the UK’s largest national digital infrastructure companies. 

Glasgow Herald

Lanark power plant makeover

Energy company Drax Group has invested £1.1 million refurbishing the historic A-listed Stonebyres hydroelectric power station on the banks of the River Clyde, near Lanark, ahead of its 100th anniversary.

Drax Group

Healthier Hope Street

Glasgow’s Hope Street, a pollution hotspot because of traditionally high levels of nitrogen dioxide, has seen Britain's biggest improvement in air quality since the coronavirus lockdown.

BBC News

Rural housing stats row

Ministers have been accused of “massaging figures” to enhance their housing progress after including an Edinburgh project, as well as schemes in towns like Elgin, Moray and Troon, as part of its rural affordable homes programme. 

Glasgow Herald

Woodland planting progress

New figures reveal that Scotland delivered over 80 per cent of all new tree planting in the UK with 10,860 hectares of new woodland planted – the second highest level since 2001. 

Glasgow Herald

Latest Scottish Land Fund allocations

Part of Langholm Moor in the Scottish Borders is set to pass into community hands following an award from the Scottish Land Fund, whose latest round of grants worth £3.66 million included backing for two separate affordable housing developments on Orkney among the 16 successful projects.

Scottish Land Fund

Consultation starts on new capital neighbourhood

Edinburgh BioQuarter has launched an online community consultation over the proposed new mixed-use neighbourhood, which will be a key element of the city’s so-called Health Innovation District.

Edinburgh City Council

Aberdeenshire LDP move

Aberdeenshire Council has extended an online consultation on its proposed replacement local development plan (LDP) by two weeks. It will now last until Friday 31 July.

Aberdeenshire Council