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Scotland round-up: Forth Bridge closer to being World Heritage Site, capital developers given cultural ‘call to action’

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 23 May-29 May, 2015

Forth Bridge moves closer to designation as a World Heritage site

The iconic Forth Bridge is a step closer to becoming Scotland’s sixth World Heritage Site.

The Planner

Scotland in danger of economic decline under Smith Commission proposals - report 

The Smith Commission proposals “involve serious flaws” and could leave Scotland in danger of economic decline and in a situation like Greece, according to a new report. 

The Planner

RTPI seeks partner for housing project

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is seeking a partner to undertake research on the spatial implications of housing development in a number of the UK’s fastest-growing city-regions. 

The Planner

World Town Planning Day conference abstracts called for

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is calling for abstracts for the World Town Planning Day Online Conference 2015.

The Planner

Capital developers given cultural ‘call to action’

Major developments in Scotland’s capital will be told to incorporate cultural elements in their proposals in future under a drive to make sure planning policy boosts Edinburgh’s artistic scene.

The Scotsman

Dumfries and Galloway overhead power line plans revealed

Scottish Power Energy Networks has unveiled a major project to modernise the overhead power line network stretching from Ayrshire across Dumfries and Galloway and across the Border into Cumbria.

BBC News

Housing development sails off with top award

The Sailmaker Apartments scheme in Leith, built by the City of Edinburgh Council and its partners, has won a top award for affordable housing.

City of Edinburgh Council

Scottish Borders map of film locations unveiled

Some 20 of the most memorable locations in the Scottish Borders captured on the silver screen have been identified in a new “movie map” to promote the region’s growing status as a film-making hub.

The Scotsman 

Rural development approval

Scotland’s new rural development programme, which will involve spending £1.3 billion up to the end of the decade, has been formally approved by the European Union.

Scottish Government

Fund to strengthen communities

Enterprising community groups delivering economic and regeneration benefits to their areas by refurbishing disused buildings, developing renewable energy projects and creating jobs opportunities will receive a share of an additional £668,000 investment.

Scottish Government

Edinburgh Trams reach 5 million passenger mark

Edinburgh Trams carried nearly five million people in its first year, beating expectations and boosting the case for taking the line to Leith and beyond, say transport leaders.

The Scotsman

Climate ready Scotland

Flood defences, transport planning and specialist training for emergency services are just some of the adaptation measures being taken in Scotland to help people and communities cope with climate change, according to the annual progress report submitted by the government to the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Government