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Scotland round-up: Free community engagement digital tool on offer; Falkirk housing proposals announced

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 16 October-22 October, 2021

Free community engagement digital tool on offer

As part of its work on community engagement, the Scottish Government’s digital planning team has negotiated a number of free subscriptions to an initiative called PlaceBuilder.

The Planner

Agreement signed between RTPI and BAME Planners Network

The RTPI and the BAME Planners Network have signed a memorandum of understanding that sets out how the institute will collaborate with the network over the next three years to ensure the profession is as diverse as the communities it represents.

The Planner

Falkirk housing proposals announced

Falkirk Council has announced ambitious new social housing proposals with an additional 1,600 homes planned over the next five years earmarked for sites including Denny, Bonnybridge, Banknock, Falkirk, Maddiston and Reddingmuirhead.

Scottish Housing News

Space strategy launched

Ministers have published a strategy to secure a £4 billion share of the global space market for the Scottish economy with plans to develop a network of satellite launch sites, pursue green technologies and build on existing strengths in data analysis and research.

Scottish Government

UNESCO trail up and running

The world’s first UNESCO trail, bringing together some of Scotland’s most iconic, diverse and culturally significant sites, has been launched.


Isle of Skye homes

Dualchas Architects has submitted proposals for 16 affordable homes at Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, including a possible four self-build plots.

Scottish Housing News

Net-zero Edinburgh housing

Detailed plans for a net-zero carbon housing development of 94 flats and 48 homes have been lodged with Edinburgh City Council by Cruden Building. It is a derelict brownfield site and a former care home, part of the £1.3 billion Granton Waterfront regeneration project.

Scottish Housing News

Dunbar retail park proposals

A new Scottish retail park in Dunbar is set for a £30 million investment with Lidl and B&M both lodging joint proposals to East Lothian Council, with the developer of the site – Hallhill Developments Limited – for 2,000-square-metre outlets alongside road infrastructure.

Glasgow Herald

Arbroath development

Scotia Homes has lodged detailed plans with Angus Council for 146 new homes, a quarter of which will be affordable, for a site on north-western edge of Arbroath.

Scottish Housing News

Forestry and Land Scotland corporate plan

Government agency Forestry and Land Scotland has published a draft corporate plan that sets out its priorities for the next three years.

Scottish Government

Remote pub buyout funding

The Old Forge in Knoydart, Scotland’s most remote pub, is one of eight community buyout projects which is to benefit from £1 million of new funding from the Scottish Land Fund.

Scottish Government

Glasgow feminist travel strategy

Glasgow City Council is considering a report that puts women at the heart of a safer city as the local authority rethinks its new travel strategy.

The Scotsman

Capital nuclear bunker project

Proposals to transform the Barnton Quarry Nuclear Bunker into a tourist attraction have been submitted to Edinburgh City Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Island community grants

People living in Scotland’s island-based communities are benefiting from a new £2 million fund that is providing grants for projects to support employment, community resilience, and health and wellbeing.

Scottish Government

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