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Scotland round-up: Gas holder listings under challenge over blight; Single households on the up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 19 May-25 May, 2018

Stromness regeneration plan wins top RTPI award

The regeneration of Stromness has won the RTPI’s Silver Jubilee Cup at the 2018 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

Gas holder listings under challenge over blight in Scotland

Gas distribution company SGN has confirmed to The Planner it has appealed against the listing of six redundant gas holders by Historic Environment Scotland.

The Planner

Single households on the up

The number of Scottish households has increased to 2.46 million in 2017, according to the latest figures published by National Records of Scotland, which also show that at least 900,000 people are living alone.

Scottish Government

Report charts land value capture issues

A report written for the Scottish Land Commission by a team from Heriot-Watt University has charted the lessons learnt from previous UK attempts to capture land values to finance infrastructure for housing and other development.

Scottish Land Commission

Funding for Glasgow regeneration

The Scottish Government has awarded £5.5 million funding for the Clyde Gateway regeneration programme covering the east end of Glasgow and Rutherglen.

Scottish Government

Edinburgh flats scheme blocked

Controversial plans for a five-storey block of flats in Corstorphine have been refused by members of Edinburgh City Council – against the advice of officials.

Edinburgh Evening News

Speyside distillery development

Construction company Robertson has completed work on a flagship £140 million distillery and visitor centre on Speyside for The Macallan, one of the world’s leading luxury single malts.


Mixed success for biodiversity targets

Scottish Natural Heritage’s latest biodiversity progress report has highlighted positive results in terms of restoring threatened habitats, including river and peatland. But it acknowledges less success in meeting the challenges posed by pressures on nature arising from pollution, land-use change, the spread of invasive species and climate change.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Work starts on 562 new Glasgow homes

Work on a development of 562 new homes at a former power station site in Dalmarnock has been officially launched by Glasgow City Council.

Scottish Housing News

Leith distillery plan

Drinks company Crabbie’s has announced proposals to invest £7 million in a new distillery at Graham Street in Leith.

The Scotsman

Capital’s cycle-hire scheme delayed

Edinburgh's long-awaited cycle hire scheme will not now be launched until September – missing the Edinburgh Festival – its operator has revealed.

Edinburgh Evening News

Gold mine boost

Precious metals company Scotgold has hailed its successful £9 million fundraising initiative as a vote of confidence in its planned mine at Cononish in Argyll.

Glasgow Herald

Granton homeless project built

A village development providing 10 two-bedroom houses for homeless people in Edinburgh has been completed at a site in Granton in the capital.

BBC News

Hebridean whale trail moves

Sites on Scotland’s west coast deemed good for spotting whales and dolphins are being sought for a planned new Hebridean Whale Trail, which would be the first of its kind in the UK.

BBC News

South Uist nature reserve

A proposal from Scottish Natural Heritage for a South Uist community group to establish a new nature reserve within an active crofting estate has been approved by the Scottish administration.

Scottish Housing News

Fife coastal ferry feasibility study

A study is to examine the feasibility of a new ferry service linking some of the historic Fife coastal villages with Inchcolm, the island in the Firth of Forth.

The Scotsman

Tougher climate change target proposed

Scotland is to legislate for tougher action on climate change, with ministers proposing new laws that would require emissions to be cut by 90 per cent by 2050.

Scottish Government

Dundee jute mill conversion project

Proposals have been lodged with Dundee City Council for a £3.5 million renovation of one of the city’s historic jute mills, which would be converted into a mixed-use scheme including flats, a nursery school, bakery and space for an industrial tenant.

Scottish Construction Now