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Scotland round-up: Scottish Government commits £420m to flooding strategy; Improvements in annual planning performance

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 16 July-22 July, 2016

Scottish Government commits £420m to flooding strategy

More than 10,000 households are to benefit from a 10-year strategy to protect homes at risk of flooding, at a cost of £420 million.

The Planner 

Confidence drops in UK commercial property market – report

The UK commercial property market has seen a significant drop in investor demand and confidence following the vote to leave the European Union.

The Planner 

RTPI: Is planning reform heading in the right or wrong direction?

The RTPI is seeking the views of its members on the impact of recent planning reforms to the UK’s planning systems and on their work.

The Planner

Improvements in annual planning performance

Planning minister Kevin Stewart has welcomed the latest statistics on major planning applications, which show decision times at their fastest since 2012/13. But he has warned that further improvements in application handling times are needed.

Scottish Government

New shared office for SNH and SEPA in Newton Stewart

A new shared office in Newton Stewart has been officially opened for Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Scottish Natural Heritage

New bathing water classifications to be displayed at Scotland’s beaches this season

Around 80 per cent of Scotland’s bathing waters have been confirmed as achieving the new, much stricter, European water quality standards.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency 

6,000 sign petition against Roseburn cycle path

A petition against the controversial Roseburn cycle path plans between Roseburn and Leith has attracted 6,000 signatures ahead of a crunch meeting next month.

Edinburgh Evening News

Donald Trump given go-ahead for Aberdeen hotel expansion

US presidential candidate Donald Trump has been given the go-ahead to extend the boutique hotel at the heart of one of his flagship Scottish golf courses in Aberdeenshire.

The Scotsman 

Highland golf course plan could be scrapped – because of a rare fly

Plans for a world-class golf course in the Dornoch Firth area are hanging in the balance because of a rare fly that only breeds in the dunes where the course is set to be created.

The Scotsman

Aberdeen football stadium opponents defiant over abuse

A group opposed to Aberdeen FC’s plans to build a new stadium on the outskirts of the city has faced online abuse and weedkiller.

BBC News 

Carbuncle film explores Scotland’s ‘most dismal’ towns

A new documentary film examining the legacy of Denny campaigners who requested the Plook of Plinth award to highlight the Stirlingshire town’s stalled regeneration has been screened at the Edinburgh Fringe Film Festival.

The Scotsman 

Savills calls for ‘significant changes’ in planning system to meet housing requirement

The time periods proposed by the Scottish Government for the new version of local development plans and the provision of homes in rural areas are still areas of concern despite some positives moves to change the planning system, warns Savills.

Scottish Housing News 

Glenmuckloch opencast mine hydro energy scheme supported

Dumfries and Galloway Council has given its support to a hydro energy scheme as part of the redevelopment of an opencast coal mine site.

BBC News

Cost of Edinburgh trams inquiry rises to £3.7m

The inquiry into the Edinburgh trams project has cost more than £3.7 million so far, according to figures from Transport Scotland.

Edinburgh Evening News

£50m revamp planned for Princes Street BHS

The former BHS site on Edinburgh’s Princes Street is set to be redeveloped with a scheme offering a hotel, new shops and a roof-top restaurant.

Edinburgh Evening News 

Vattenfall to invest £300m in Aberdeen offshore wind farm

Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has confirmed that it will press ahead with a £300m 11-turbine wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen.

BBC News