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Scotland round-up: Glasgow waterfront developments make progress; Key parliamentary date for planning bill

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 1 June-7 June, 2019

Glasgow waterfront developments make progress

Proposals to underpin the transformation of Glasgow’s Custom House Quay with millions of pounds of city deal funding is making significant progress, the city council was told this week.

The Planner

Key parliamentary date for planning bill

Final parliamentary consideration, the stage 3 debate, on the Planning (Scotland) Bill has been scheduled for 18 June.

Scottish Parliament

Michelin makeover proposals for Dundee

A ‘flagship’ innovation centre will be created on the site of the Michelin factory at Baldovie in Dundee, partners pledged this week in a move that should see a new future for the plant focused on sustainable mobility and low-carbon energy.

Dundee City Council

Masterplan move for new Aberdeen civic quarter

Aberdeen City Council has begun preparatory work on a masterplan for a new residential-led civic quarter in Queen Street in the heart of the city.

Scottish Housing News

Dundee developments update

Plans to convert a former Dundee college building into build to rent and serviced flats have been shelved because of a lack of funding, while proposals have been submitted to turn the A-listed House of Gray, a derelict former orphanage, into flats and new-build homes.

Scottish Construction Now

Glaswegians to have a say on new-look George Square

Public consultation on a radical revamp of Glasgow’s George Square is on the cards.

Glasgow Herald

Uig blueprint

The Uig Development Brief has been approved as statutory supplementary guidance to the Highland Council’s development plan, which will guide the physical development and transformation of the area over the next 20 years. It includes a major upgrade of Uig Harbour.

The Highland Council

Granite city housing approved

The city council has given planning permission for more than 330 new homes to be delivered across two Aberdeen schemes that involve the redevelopment of a former fire station and, separately, a site on the western outskirts of Countesswells.

Scottish Construction Now

Orkney pitches for green power

Orkney Islands Council is supporting a pioneering multi-partner £28.5 million renewable energy project designed to create a ‘smart energy island’ with domestic batteries for homes, larger batteries for businesses and public buildings, vehicle-to-grid chargers, electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cells, and smart heating systems.

Orkney Islands Council

MSPs urge clearer climate change strategy

MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee have called for a clearer strategy on how the country will combat climate change.

Scottish Parliament

Miles more footpaths

More than 100 miles of new and improved paths will be created across Scotland as part of a scheme to boost outdoor access.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Enterprise agency for south of Scotland

Southern Scotland is to get its own enterprise agency next year after MSPs passed the legislation needed to establish the new organisation, called South of Scotland Enterprise. It will operate across the local authority areas of Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Holyrood Magazine

Proposal for flats in Glasgow submitted

Housing association Home Group has submitted proposals for 252 mid-market flats for rent on land at the former Bellgrove Meat Market in Glasgow, a 1.5-hectare brownfield site.

Scottish Housing News

Celtic FC plans to redevelop training ground

Celtic Football Club has unveiled ambitious plans to redevelop its training centre at Barrowfield in the East End of Glasgow with new facilities, including what would be one of the largest indoor football arenas in the country.

Celtic Football Club