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Scotland round-up: First Planning (Scotland) Act policies implemented; MSPs urge action on empty homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 9 November-15 November, 2019

First Planning (Scotland) Act policies implemented

The first set of regulations kick-starting several provisions of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 has come into force. These include setting out for the first time in law the purpose of planning.

The Planner

MSPs urge action on empty homes

Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee has called on the Scottish Government to honour its commitment to introduce compulsory sales orders to tackle the blight of empty homes as new data from the Scottish Empty Home Partnership revealed that more than 100 formerly empty homes are being brought back into use every month, thanks to specialist staff in local authorities.

Scottish Parliament and Scottish Housing News

Culloden safeguarding foray

The National Trust for Scotland is looking into UNESCO World Heritage status for Culloden, the site of the last pitched battle fought on British soil, in a bid to protect it from unsympathetic development.

BBC News

Glasgow hotel moves

Ministers have decided to not call in the development of a 20-storey, 204-bedoom hotel complete with a sky bar overlooking the River Clyde in Glasgow. In a separate development, Bloc Hotels announced that it has acquired Dale House on 21 West George Street from Legal & General, which has planning permission for a seven-storey hotel and retail development.

Scottish Construction Now

Capital brewery funding bid

Craft brewer Innis & Gunn has launched a £3 million equity crowdfunding drive to make up the remaining part of the £20 million package to develop its proposed new Edinburgh brewery.

Glasgow Herald

Fife tourist strategy pushes digital

Fife Council and its local tourist association have launched a 10-year strategy to make the area one of the strongest digital tourist destinations in Scotland by 2029.

Fife Tourism Partnership

Police investigating Iron Age building crime

Police are investigating after an unauthorised excavation was reported at a protected Iron Age structure in the Outer Hebrides.

The Scotsman

World’s oldest post office goes on sale

The world's oldest post office, a property in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, which has been in continuous service since 1712, is up for sale.

BBC News

Barratt Developments eyes up nearly 4,000 new homes

Barratt Developments (Scotland) has acquired 16 new sites with four more in the pipeline, which the housebuilder says will allow it to deliver nearly 4,000 new homes.

Glasgow Herald

Langholm regeneration blueprint

A group of traders and residents has drawn up a regeneration strategy designed to improve the economic fortunes of the borders town of Langholm, which has lost 1,000 jobs over the past two decades.

BBC News