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Scotland round-up: Glasgow publishes blueprint to double city centre population; New community for South Queensferry

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 16 November-22 November, 2019

Glasgow publishes blueprint to double city centre population

A blueprint that proposes how Glasgow’s city centre population will double in size over the next 15 years has been approved by councillors for public consultation, which starts next week.

The Planner

General election 2019: Greens promise a planning system supportive of renewable energy and the Passivhaus standard

The Green Party vows to ‘transform’ the planning system so that it enables news homes to be built to Passivhaus standard, supports an increase in renewable energy generation, and encourages the rewilding of spaces to create habitats for wildlife.

The Planner

General election 2019: Lib Dems prioritise the environment and increasing the use of renewable energy

A target of generating 80 per cent of the UK’s electricity through renewables, restoring the natural environment and scrapping permitted development feature in the Liberal Democrat Party’s manifesto.

The Planner

General election 2019: Labour promises 100,000 new council houses a year by 2024 and a Green Industrial Revolution

The Labour Party calls its ‘manifesto of hope’, published ahead of the general election on 12 December, the ‘most radical and ambitious plan to transform our country in decades’ and promises ‘a green transformation’ of the economy.

The Planner

New community for South Queensferry

Housebuilder CALA is working up a detailed masterplan for a new community on the western edge of South Queensferry. It will involve around 700 new homes, 25 per cent of which will be affordable, on land earmarked for growth in the capital’s local development plan.

Scottish Housing News

New homes for Glasgow’s East End

Wheatley Group has joined Home Group in planning to develop 254 new homes near the former Meat Market site in Glasgow’s East End.

Scottish Housing News

Monkton residential development

Housebuilder Barratt Homes has submitted a planning application to South Ayrshire Council for a residential development of approximately 300 homes in Monkton.

Scottish Construction Now

National Manufacturing Centre project progresses

Strathclyde University has submitted a planning application to Renfrewshire Council for the £65 million National Manufacturing Institute Scotland project, which is set to be built near Glasgow Airport.

The Scotsman

Stirling Council bids to deliver 1,000 affordable homes

Stirling Council has approved a new £112 million housing investment plan to deliver nearly 1,000 affordable homes across its area.

Stirling Council

Wildcat reintroduction initiative

Wildcats are to be reintroduced in Scotland after experts declared the iconic native species “functionally extinct” in the wild earlier this year.

The Scotsman

Third bridge over the River Tay

Perth & Kinross Council has submitted for planning a £118 million project to deliver a third crossing over the River Tay connecting the A9 with land north of Scone.

Scottish Construction Now

New homes for Porthleven

Stewart Milne Homes has unveiled proposals for 175 new houses at Porthleven, Aberdeenshire, 46 of which would be affordable.

Scottish Housing News

Borders Railway extension downgraded

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has interrupted the momentum being built up by the campaign to extend the Borders Railway from Tweedbank into England after warning that there are “big, complex issues” to look at before the project can climb off the drawing board.

The Scotsman

Peat bog plea

WWF Scotland has called for more government investment to protect peat bogs after publishing a study concluding that a massive wildfire affecting 5,700 hectares of blanket bog in the Caithness Flow Country in May doubled Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions during the six days it burnt.

BBC News

Stranraer water sports study

A study assessing Stranraer's potential as a major marine leisure destination has been launched. It will examine the feasibility of a water sports activity centre overlooking Loch Ryan.

BBC News

Dunbar bear sculpture commemorates John Muir

A  five-metre-high steel sculpture of a bear in tribute to conservationist John Muir has been unveiled in Dunbar, East Lothian.

BBC News

New moniker for nature agency

The country’s national nature agency, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), will ‘rebrand’ to ‘NatureScot’ from 1 May 2020 as part of plans to adapt the organisation to meet current environment challenges.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Hunt for new Edinburgh live music venue

London-based Electric Group, the firm behind Electric Brixton and SWX in Bristol, is on the hunt for premises in Edinburgh to turn into a 1,200-capacity live music venue. It is open to considering  cinemas, bingo halls, nightclubs and even former churches providing the building can offer the required floor space.

Edinburgh Evening News