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Scotland round-up: Glasgow and Clyde Valley city deal projects gather momentum; £6m Rubislaw Quarry plan to honour late developer

Words: Roger Milne
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A round up of planning news in Scotland: 15 August-21 August, 2015

Glasgow and Clyde Valley city deal projects gather momentum

The Glasgow and the Clyde Valley City Deal cabinet has approved the first stage of funding for some £918 million worth of infrastructure projects in the area.

The Planner

Final report published for Planning for Infrastructure Research Project

A research report published this week by the Scottish Government highlights best practice as well as current challenges for the delivery of infrastructure and the role planners should play.

Scottish Government

Scotland’s Changing Population

National Records of Scotland (NRS) has published the Registrar General’s latest annual review of demographic trends, which highlights the challenges of a population that is ageing and increasing.

Scottish Government

New renewable projects facing ‘uncertain future’

Tens of thousands of solar energy schemes and small wind projects are powering Scotland’s homes and businesses, according to new data.

The Scotsman

Longannet power station to close in March

Scotland's last coal-fired power station, Longannet in Fife, is to close on 31 March next year, owner Scottish Power has announced. The company has also said it is abandoning plans to build a new gas-fired power station at Cockenzie in East Lothian.

BBC News

Retailers call for action as shopper numbers fall

Retailers have called for action from “government at all levels” to stem a drop in shoppers and a rise in the number of vacant shops in Scotland.

BBC News

Two new Dundee Waterfront projects get under way

The latest stage of the £1 billion transformation of Dundee’s waterfront is getting under way now contracts worth more than £400,000 are approved for works at Slessor Gardens and at the rear of the Caird Hall, as well as the replacement of dock gates at Camperdown Dock.

BBC News

£6m Rubislaw Quarry plan to honour late developer

A developer has vowed to turn one of Europe’s biggest man-made holes - Rubislaw quarry in Aberdeen - into a major tourist attraction in memory of his business partner, who died after being diagnosed with cancer.

The Scotsman

Key director role filled

Paul Lawrence has been named as the preferred candidate for the role of executive director of place at the City of Edinburgh Council, a role which includes responsibility for the capital’s planning service. Lawrence is currently Corporate Director, Place, at Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

City of Edinburgh Council

Dredging banned in Wester Ross Marine Protected Area

All forms of dredging have been banned in an area of seabed off the west Highlands coast, the Scottish government has said.

BBC News

Aberdeen councillors dismiss deal on 3,000-homes scheme

City councillors have refused a developer’s bid to have planning conditions changed on a 3,000-homes scheme in Aberdeen. The Stewart Milne Group, part of the consoutium involved, wanted to negotiate an individual section 75 agreement for the provision of schools and roads because the consortium as a whole could not agree a combined agreement. After taking legal advice, officers recommended that this would be acceptable, but members decided otherwise.

The Press and Journal

Wind farms planned near Duns, Leswalt and Glenluce

Mixed fortunes for three wind farms proposed in the south of Scotland.

BBC News

Making things last

Scotland’s environment secretary Richard Lochhead has launched a consultation on creating a more circular economy in Scotland. This would involve using resources more efficiently, creating new markets and improving resilience, cutting waste and carbon emissions and finding lower-cost ways to access key goods.

Scottish Government