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Scotland round-up: Geo-thermal ‘gold mine’ mooted, appeal launched over rejected turbines

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 4 July-10 July, 2015

Geo-thermal ‘gold mine’ mooted for north-east Scotland

North-east Scotland could become a world leader in environmentally friendly heating, thanks to its abundance of granite, say researchers involved in a groundbreaking project. 

The Planner

Appeal lodged over rejected turbines between Lauder and Stow

An appeal has been lodged over plans for a wind farm in the hills between Lauder and Stow, which was unanimously rejected by members of Scottish Borders Council

BBC News

Protected areas scheme ‘threatens inshore fishing’

Scotland’s west coast inshore fishermen are claiming the viability of the industry is being threatened by the recently announced management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

The Scotsman

Festival to showcase Scotland’s architecture

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced £400,000 of funding to support the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Festival of Architecture, which is being held next year.

Scottish Government

Scottish winners at RTPI excellence awards

Work on National Planning Framework 3 and Scottish Planning Policy have been successful in two categories in the 2015 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence.

Scottish Government (see bottom of page)

Glasgow City plan UK's first purpose-built women’s stadium

Glasgow City Football Club is exploring plans to build the first purpose-built women’s football stadium in the UK.

BBC News

Edinburgh Trams: Tom Norris wants line extended

The former boss of Edinburgh Trams said he believes the line should be extended to Leith.

BBC News

Housing shortage blamed on planning delays

Efforts to increase the supply of new housing in Scotland are being held back by delays in the planning process, according to industry research.

The Scotsman

Scotland Bill falls short of Smith, Swinney tells CIPFA conference

Scotland’s finance minister John Swinney used his speech at today’s CIPFA conference to call for the Smith Commission’s agreements to be implemented in full in the upcoming Scotland Act.

Public Finance

Plans for six turbines near Glen Affric rejected

A planning appeal over proposals for a six-turbine wind farm near Glen Affric in the Highlands originally blocked by Highland Council has failed.

BBC News

Ewing describes wind power decision as ‘anti-business’

Energy minster Fergus Ewing has criticised the recent UK Government decision to end financial subsidies for onshore wind farms as ‘anti-business’ following a summit with the industry.

Scottish Government