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03/11/2017

Scotland round-up: Glasgow sets sights on nearly 10,000 new affordable homes; Golf plan ‘flaws’

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 28 October-3 November, 2017

Glasgow sets sights on nearly 10,000 new affordable homes

Glasgow councillors have signed off on proposals to spend more than £1 billion on nearly 10,000 new affordable homes over the next five years.

The Planner

Survey suggests increase in public support for renewable energy

There has been an increase in the level of public support for renewable energy in the UK, according to the government’s latest Public Attitudes Tracker results.

The Planner

Golf plan ‘flaws’

Conservationists have claimed that US developers’ proposals for a championship golf course at one of Scotland’s most prized wildlife sites are riddled with ‘embarrassing’ flaws, including the claim that English law, rather than Scottish, governs the application for Coul Links on the Sutherland coast.

Glasgow Herald

Stirling E-bike scheme
Scotland's first large-scale electric bike hire scheme will be launched next year in Stirling, economy secretary Keith Brown has announced.

The Scotsman

Inverness road link

Transport Scotland has published details of its preferred route for a new road in Inverness linking the A9 and A96 trunk roads.

BBC News

Filthy Glasgow

Glasgow has been named one of the UK’s most polluted cities, according to a World Health Organisation survey.

Glasgow Herald

Edinburgh castle redevelopment

The FM Group has secured funding to convert Dalnair Castle, a 19th century Scottish baronial mansion on the edge of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, into a residential scheme providing 10 luxury flats and eight mews properties.

Scottish Construction Now

Aberdeen FC stadium hope

Aberdeen Football Club has issued an update on its long-running stadium development saga, which insists its proposals for a new stadium and training facilities at Kingsford will be determined by councillors before the end of the year.

BBC News

Ugly affordable housing claim

Ugly affordable housing in rural Scotland is damaging tourism, according to a professor of architecture at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Scottish Construction Now

Green light for floating hotel

Plans for Scotland’s first floating hotel in heart of Leith have been approved by Edinburgh City Council members – by just one vote.

Edinburgh Evening News

Galloway turbine appeal

An appeal has been lodged against the refusal of proposals for a 10-turbine wind farm in Galloway which The Mountaineering Council of Scotland argued would form a ’ring of steel’ around Cairnsmore of Carsphairn.

BBC News

Concern over Aberdeen retail

Council and business leaders have vowed to turn around Union Street – once Aberdeen's  flagship shopping destination – following research which found a tenth of its prime retail space was empty.

BBC News

Clydeside marine hub mooted

Ambitious plans have been unveiled which could see a sprawling former oil refinery near Clydeside’s Erskine Bridge transformed into a leading marine technology hub.

The Scotsman

River water district heating

A pioneering district heating network has been proposed for the £250 million Queen’s Quay regeneration scheme in Clydebank, which would use water pumped from the river to warm new homes, businesses and public buildings.

The Scotsman

Uni development approved in Edinburgh

Architecture firm Sheppard Robson has received planning permission from Edinburgh City Council for a £19 million engineering, computer science and maths building at Heriot-Watt University.

Scottish Construction Now

Hawick flood scheme costs increase

The estimated cost of a flood protection scheme for 900 homes in Hawick has increased to more than £44 million.

BBC News

Aquaculture innovation strategy

Rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing has outlined plans to begin work to identify Scotland’s first so-called ‘aquaculture innovation sites’.

Scottish Government

New fees for coal mining sites

New regulations that support the introduction of a monitoring fee for surface coal mining sites will come into force on 1 January 2018, the administration has announced.

Scottish Government

Rothesay funding boost

More than £1 million of European funding will help restore the grade A listed Rothesay Pavilion on the Isle of Bute and help create new jobs, economy secretary Keith Brown has announced.

Scottish Government

Hamilton hotel project

Hamilton Park Racecourse has unveiled plans for a multimillion-pound hotel development, with a formal planning application made to South Lanarkshire Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Heritage appointment

Planning and development consultancy Turley has expanded its heritage service in Scotland with the appointment of its first full-time director, Catharine Kidd.

Turley

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