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Scotland round-up: Fresh guidance on planning obligations published; Growth deal will see Ayrshire become leading centre of space activity

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 14 November-20 November, 2020

Fresh guidance on planning obligations and good neighbour agreements published

The Scottish Government has just published a revision of Circular 3/2012 which sets out the circumstances in which planning obligations and good neighbour agreements can be used and how they can be concluded efficiently.

The Planner

Growth deal will see Ayrshire become leading centre of aerospace and space activity

Ayrshire council leaders and the UK and Scottish governments have signed the Ayrshire Growth Deal, which will see £251 million invested in the region.

The Planner

Johnson sets out his 10 point plan for a green revolution

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a £12 billion, 10 point plan for a green recovery from Covid-19. It includes more offshore wind capacity, cleaner public transport and extensive carbon capture and storage.

The Planner

Glasgow green belt development panned

Proposals to release a 90 hectare green belt site at Summerston on the northern edge  of Glasgow for a neighbourhood delivering up to 1,000 new homes cannot be justified on environmental, traffic or housing grounds, a study has concluded.

Scottish Housing News

Queensferry housing proposed

CALA Homes (East) has submitted a planning application for 176 new homes, 44 of which would be affordable, on land made available after the completion of the Queensferry Crossing.

Scottish Housing News

Go-ahead for Pacific Quay hotel

Mosaic Architecture + Design, on behalf of developer Pacific Quay Developments, has been given the go-ahead by the city council to build a 150-bedroom hotel on the site of the former Glasgow Garden Festival at Pacific Quay on the banks of the River Clyde.

Glasgow Herald

Bathgate homes

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland has submitted detailed plans to West Lothian Council for 190 new homes at Sibbalds Wynd, in Bathgate.

Scottish Housing News

East coast power link-up scheme

Three of the UK’s largest energy firms have confirmed they are developing plans to deliver a project called the Eastern Link, which will involve installing sub-sea power cables down Scotland’s east coast starting at two points, Peterhead and Torness. It will transmit power generated from offshore windfarms in the North Sea to Selby and Hawthorn Point in north east England.


Moffat wind farm

Proposals for a 75-turbine onshore wind farm near Moffat have been submitted by developer Community Windpower for determination by ministers on account of the project’s scale.

BBC News

Millport flood protection project

Proposals for a £27.5 million flood protection scheme for Millport have been approved by North Ayrshire Council. The scheme would see an offshore breakwater connecting the small islands in Millport Bay, in addition to onshore flood walls and other protection along the Millport shoreline, built.

Scottish Construction Now

Inverness car wheels factory binned

Alvance Aluminium’s proposals to create a £120 million plant to manufacture car wheels at a Fort William smelter have been scrapped in favour of a new recycling and casting facility.

The Scotsman

High Blantyre castle’s hotel scheme

The owners of the listed Crossbasket Castle in High Blantyre, near Glasgow, have applied to develop a 40-bedroom hotel, restaurant and spa in  the castle’s extensive grounds.

Glasgow Live

Glasgow’s Kingston Bridge listed

Glasgow’s Kingston Bridge has been awarded a Category C listing for its special architectural and historic interest.

Scottish Construction Now

Scaled down hotel bid for sensitive Edinburgh site?

Developers behind a controversial luxury hotel proposed for Edinburgh's iconic Royal High School building, rejected by the Scottish Government last month after an appeal inquiry, have revealed they are to bring forward scaled-down proposals for the A-listed site.

The Scotsman

Aviva goes green in Perth

Insurance giant Aviva has unveiled one of the largest renewable installations of its kind in the UK at its site in Perth, where nearly 3,300 PV panels, combined with battery storage, provide vehicle charging facilities for 50 electric cars as well as allowing the offices to go off grid for up to five hours each day.

Glasgow Herald