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Scotland round-up: Five cities targeted for hundreds of family homes to rent; Bold climate target law passed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 21 September-27 September, 2019

Five cities targeted for hundreds of family homes to rent

Hundreds of new family homes for rent look set to be built across Scotland, thanks to a partnership deal struck between two property companies to target five cities – Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness, Perth and Stirling.

The Planner

Climate crisis challenge won’t be met without coherent urban planning

Failing to adopt a ‘more joined-up’ approach to planning the UK’s towns and cities will make it impossible to meet the challenges of climate change, population growth and environmental risks.

The Planner

Bold climate target law passed

MSPs have approved landmark legislation that commits Scotland to becoming a net-zero society by 2045, five years before the rest of the UK. The move coincided with the administration publishing the country’s latest climate change adaptation strategy.

Scottish Government

Major Leith build-to-rent scheme approved

Edinburgh City Council has approved an £80 million, 338-flat build-to-rent project on a brownfield site at Ocean Drive on the edge of Leith’s Albert Dock.

Scottish Construction Now

New homes boost

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has welcomed a 15 per cent increase in Scotland’s supply of new housing following the publication of new figures. They showed that more than 22,000 homes became available in the past year – nearly 3,000 more than during the previous year.

Scottish Government

2,000 empty homes in Aberdeen

A report has disclosed that more than 2,000 homes are lying empty in Aberdeen.

Scottish Housing News

Green heating fund opens

A £30 million fund to create low-carbon heating infrastructure for buildings is now open for applications.

Scottish Government

Forth Bridge project unveiled

Visitors will be able to walk along the top of the Forth Bridge rail crossing if proposals from Network Rail are approved for the scheme, which includes a visitor hub.

BBC News

North Uist spaceport ruffles feathers

Proposals to launch satellites into space from a site at Scolpaig on North Uist have received almost 600 objections.

BBC News

Corncrake crisis

The future of one of Scotland’s rarest birds – the corncrake – is looking increasingly grim as the latest surveys suggest the population has crashed by a third in the past five years.

The Scotsman

Green light for Trump development in Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council has approved the Trump organisation’s proposals for a new village of 500 ‘upmarket’ homes, 50 holiday lodges and community facilities near Balmedie at its golf resort at Menie. The council also gave the thumbs up to a second golf course at the resort.

The Scotsman

National Investment Bank progress

The legislation establishing the Scottish National Investment Bank has completed its stage one passage through the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Government

Cash boost for Argyll spaceport

The former top-secret Machrihanish air base in Argyll has been awarded nearly £500,000 to develop its spaceport plans.

The Scotsman