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Scotland round-up: Fracking and shale gas consultation starts in Scotland; Payday lending controls set to come into force

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 28 January-3 February, 2017

Fracking and shale gas consultation starts in Scotland

The Scottish Government has begun consulting on the future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland, including on hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, and coal bed methane extraction.

The Planner

Draft national policy statement for Heathrow expansion published

The government has published a draft Airports National Policy Statement for the expansion of Heathrow Airport, which has gone out to consultation across the UK.

The Planner

RTPI: Health guidance should stress need to reduce air pollution

Measures to reduce air pollution should be encouraged over those that avoid it, says the RTPI.

The Planner

'Planning could play key role in tackling climate change'

Planning could be central to delivering the Scottish climate change strategy, Craig McLaren, RTPI Scotland Director told a parliamentary committee today reviewing the draft Climate Change Plan.


Payday lending controls set to come into force (pdf)

New controls on payday lending and betting shops come into force next week. The Town and Country Planning (Miscellaneous Amendment and Transitional Savings) Order 2016 is currently before Parliament.


Edinburgh Airport changes could mean less noise for 25,000 people

The operator of Edinburgh Airport has launched the second phase of its consultation on proposed changes to flight paths, with the claim its preferred options would reduce the number of people that aircraft fly over by nearly 25,000 and cut the noise impact for thousands.

Edinburgh Evening News

Number of households projected to increase

The latest official statistics from the National Records of Scotland suggest that the number of households is projected to continue to increase, rising by 345,000 between 2014 and 2039.

Sottish Government

Edinburgh reveals ideas for a city vision

Edinburgh should be a city full of opportunity and innovation with no barriers to achievement, according to the initial findings of a city-wide campaign.

City of Edinburgh Council

Reston and East Linton station reopening proposals supported

Two councils have agreed to support Scottish Government proposals to deliver the reopening of two stations in their area.

BBC News

Fresh plans to turn area into vibrant community

Revised plans for a new neighbourhood, including shops and a children’s day nursery at Inverness, have been submitted by developer Tulloch Homes.

The Inverness Courier

SSE shelves Beauly-Kintore powerline upgrade

Power company SSE has shelved plans to upgrade the powerline between Beauly in the Highlands and Kintore in Aberdeenshire, after the National Grid said the project was not needed at this time.

BBC News

Student flat plan ‘stabs Mackintosh in the front’

A former director of the Glasgow School of Art has said a proposed new development near the world-famous Mackintosh Building would be like “stabbing Mackintosh in the front”.

Herald Scotland

Ayrshire buildings to be repaired

Just under £2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund will go to halt deterioration and repair historic buildings in Maybole, Ayrshire, with up to 75 properties, shopfronts and public spaces getting improvements.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Anger as Commons Speaker John Bercow lobbies for tennis centre plan

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has come under fire for lobbying Scottish ministers over Judy Murray's plans for a tennis centre, hotel and new housing near Dunblane.

Herald Scotland

Leith’s ‘Banana Flats’ awarded A-list heritage status

Leith’s “Banana Flats”, which were immortalised in Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting, have been given A-listed status.

The Scotsman

Extension to Kype Muir wind farm gets go-ahead

Banks Renewables proposals for an extension of its Kype Muir wind farm in South Lanarkshire has been approved by the Scottish Government.

Banks Renewables

Borders Railway tourist impact revealed

New data has suggested a “significant improvement” in tourism levels after the opening of the Borders Railway.

BBC News

EU on track to meet renewable energy targets – but UK lags behind 

The European Union is on track to meet its renewable energy targets but the UK is one of only three member states to become more dependent on imported energy in the last decade.

The Guardian

Glasgow bike hire scheme to double in size

The number of cycles in Glasgow’s bike hire scheme is set to double from autumn this year.

Herald Scotland