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Scotland round-up: Glasgow waterfront project plans submitted; Waverley station taskforce chosen

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 11 August-17 August, 2018

Glasgow waterfront project plans submitted

Drum Property Group has submitted £30 million proposals for the next phase of development for Pacific Quay waterfront to Glasgow City Council.

The Planner

High street job losses deliver £1.5bn blow to economy

About 25,000 jobs disappeared from the UK’s high streets in the first seven months of 2018, with a further 8,300 jobs under threat at suppliers.

The Planner

Waverley station taskforce chosen

Network Rail has announced that a team of engineers, architects and urban planners led by consultants Arup is to help shape the long-term future of Edinburgh’s Waverley Station.

Edinburgh Evening News

East Renfrewshire new homes

East Renfrewshire Council has granted detailed planning consent to Taylor Wimpey West Scotland for 137 new homes in Neilston.

Scottish Construction Now

Borders Council consents Innerleithen scheme

Plans to redevelop the grounds of the former Caerlee Mill in Innerleithen into 44 new-build houses and flats have been granted planning consent by Scottish Borders Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Housing poll highlights dissatisfaction

One in three homes in Scotland do not meet people’s expectations of what a good home should be, according to research published by Shelter Scotland.

Scottish Housing News

Aberdeen bypass progress

The long-awaited Aberdeen bypass took a step closer to completion this week with the opening of the most northerly stretch of the £745 million project – between Balmedie and Tippertie.

The Scotsman

Vehicle-free George Square?

Glasgow City Council is looking at permanently pedestrianising George Square.

BBC News

Mountain hare fears

The number of mountain hares on moorland in the eastern Highlands is at less than 1 per cent of their levels in the 1950s, according to research, which has set alarm bells ringing at Scottish Natural Heritage.

BBC News

Stornoway deep water port bid

Stornoway Port Authority is seeking bids for one of the biggest projects ever undertaken in the Hebrides, which involves ambitious plans to develop a deep-water facility as part of a 20-year masterplan.

Stornoway Port Authority

Nairn homes approved

Springfield Properties has been given the green light by Highland Council to build 115 new homes in Nairn, 29 of which would be affordable.

BBC News

Capital mulls workplace parking levy

Edinburgh could become the first local authority area in Scotland to charge companies for allowing employees to park at work now that councillors are considering a workplace parking levy as part of a campaign to cut congestion and air pollution.

The Scotsman

Electric car leaders

Scotland is continuing to lead the way when it comes to buying electric cars, with six of the country’s regions listed in the UK top 20 for used electric and hybrid sales. Argyll and Bute came second in the whole of the UK.

Glasgow Herald

Glenfinnan Harry Potter viaduct paring plan

Plans have been submitted for a new car park in Glenfinnan to cater for tourists who visit the viaduct location featured in the Harry Potter films.

BBC News

E-bikes for Glasgow cycle hire scheme

Next Bike UK, the company that manages Glasgow’s citywide cycle hire scheme, is planning to add electric bikes to its service.

The Scotsman