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Scotland round-up: Fracking moratorium announced, £4m to transform empty properties

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 24 January - 30 January, 2015

Fracking moratorium is declared

Energy minister Fergus Ewing has announced a moratorium on granting consents for unconventional oil and gas developments in Scotland - a move that includes fracking – while further research and public consultation is carried out. 

The Planner 

Report: Proposed community right to acquire 'abandoned' land in Scotland should be dropped

Plans to give Scottish communities the right to acquire land that has been "abandoned or neglected" are unclear, and should be replaced with a reference to land that has been "wholly or mainly neglected", according to report from the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.


Green light given for beauty spot hydro plan

A controversial £5 million 1.4 megawatt hydroelectric scheme at one of Scotland’s most protected natural beauty spots has been given the go-ahead.

The Scotsman 

New wind farm opens in north east Scotland

Swedish-based Vattenfall’s second operating wind farm in Scotland - an 18-turbine scheme at Huntly - has begun generating electricity for the first time.

The Scotsman 

£4 million to transform empty properties

Empty shops and properties in Scotland’s town centres could be transformed into affordable housing thanks to a new £4 million fund designed to boost the supply of housing in Scotland’s urban and rural towns.

Scottish Government 

Historic Environment Scotland Board chair announced

Culture minister Fiona Hyslop has announced the first chair – Jane Ryder OBE - and board members of Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

Scottish Government 

New £75m women's prison scrapped

Plans for a new £75m women's jail in Inverclyde have been scrapped, confirms Scottish minister.

BBC News 

City leaders say Aberdeen needs Marischal Square development

Proposals for the redevelopment of Aberdeen’s Marischal Square have got the thumbs-up from local residents following a consultation exercise.

Aberdeen City Council 

Dundee householder consultation

Dundee City Council has begun consulting on draft supplementary guidance for householders considering extensions, fitting dormers or building a garage as well as a range of common domestic developments.

Dundee City Council 

New Dunbartonshire section of John Muir Way opens

Scottish Natural Heritage has announced it has finished upgrading an 800-metre stretch of the upland section of the John Muir Way between Balloch and Helensburgh.

Scottish Natural Heritage