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Scotland round-up: Fort William residential scheme approved; Planning (Scotland) Bill - The final hurdle

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 8 June-14 June, 2019

Fort William residential scheme approved

Highland Council has approved in principle a new residential development of 325 new homes on land on the edge of Fort William. Detailed permission has also been granted for the first phase, which involves 176 properties.

The Planner

Planning (Scotland) Bill: The final hurdle

A total of 223 amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill have been tabled ahead of stage 3 in the Scottish Parliament next week. Here, The Planner looks at just a few of them.

The Planner

UK Government vows to meet its 2050 climate change target

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged the UK to eradicating its net contribution to climate change by 2050.

The Planner

MMC offers the potential to deliver homes the UK needs

The planning system is ‘too rigid’ to support modern methods of construction (MMC) to create the homes the nation needs, says a report by construction consultant Arup.

The Planner

Revised Haymarket gap site proposals

Revised development proposals for the Haymarket gap site between Dalry Road and Morrison Street in the capital which involve three office blocks, two hotels and a new public space have been submitted to Edinburgh City Council by developer Qmile Group.

Edinburgh Evening News

North Uist spaceport project

Proposals for a vertical launch commercial spaceport at Scolpaig, on the north-west coast of North Uist, have been unveiled by a development consortium led by Western Isles Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, which has agreed to invest around £1 million to purchase land for the project.

Western Isles Council/Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Surge in new-build completions

Latest official quarterly housing statistics show there were 20,255 new-build homes completed across all sectors over the year ending December 2018, an increase of 15 per cent on the previous year and the highest number of annual completions since 2008.

Scottish Government

High street homes analysis published

Nearly 60 per cent of Scottish high street properties are residential – one of the highest levels in the UK – according to an analysis of Britain’s high streets.

The Scotsman

Paisley affordable homes

Social housing provider Sanctuary Group has submitted a planning application for 131 affordable homes on vacant land in Glenburn, Paisley.

Scottish Housing News

Cambuslang construction begins

Demolition work is now under way at the East Whitlawburn Regeneration Project in Cambuslang on the south-eastern outskirts of Glasgow to make way for 330 new private and rented homes.

Scottish Housing News

Funding for Lanarkshire estate buyout

A historic Lanarkshire estate dating back to the 17th century, which borders the M8, is set to be bought by the community, thanks to a grant from the Scottish Land Fund – one of eight just announced.

Scottish Housing News

Whitelee wind farm battery backed

Scottish ministers have rubber-stamped South Lanarkshire Council’s approval for a huge purpose-built battery project at Scottish Power’s Whitelee facility – the UK’s largest onshore wind farm.

Scottish Power

Empty homes boost

A record number of privately owned empty homes in Scotland – 1,128 properties – were brought back into use with help from local councils last year, according to the latest annual report of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership.

Scottish Housing News    

Council bus powers vote

Scottish councils could soon be able to run their own buses after MSPs voted to amend the government’s transport bill to allow local authorities to run bus services directly or through an arm’s-length company.

The Scotsman

New partnership for Orkney World Heritage site

A new partnership to shape the future direction of Orkney’s World Heritage site has been unveiled. It brings together Historic Environment Scotland, Orkney Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which have all signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance the visitor experience for tourists and local people. The first phase will see over £300,000 spent on improved car parking facilities and the network of paths linking the Neolithic monuments.

Historic Environment Scotland

Barclays behind Kilmarnock economic initiative

Barclays has announced the launch of a three-year economic growth initiative in Kilmarnock designed to support business growth, skills and training in the East Ayrshire town.

BBC News

Short-term lets probe

The Scottish Government has commissioned housing and regeneration consultant Indigo House to undertake research into the positive and negative impacts of short-term lets.

Scottish Housing News

Cinema proposed for Edinburgh’s Gyle Centre revamp

Proposals have been submitted to the city council for a new cinema as part of a revamp of the Gyle Centre in Edinburgh.

BBC News

River park proposals for Glasgow’s St Enoch district

Glasgow City Council has begun consulting on proposals for the regeneration of the St Enoch district in the city centre as a lively waterfront district with more night-time economy activity and the creation of a river park along both banks of the Clyde.

Glasgow City Council    

Prestwick Airport up for sale

Prestwick Airport has been offered for sale by the Scottish Government – six years after it bought it for £1 to avert its closure.

The Scotsman