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Scotland round-up: Go-ahead for Aberdeen hospital complex redevelopment; Lack of planning resources puts new Scottish infrastructure at risk

Words: Roger Milne

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

Go-ahead for Aberdeen hospital complex redevelopment

The iconic Woolmanhill Hospital complex in Aberdeen has been sold by NHS Grampian to local property developer CAF Properties.

The Planner

Lack of planning resources puts new Scottish infrastructure at risk

RTPI Scotland has warned that large-scale infrastructure projects in Scotland are at risk if the planning system is not adequately resourced.

The Planner

20 organisations take part in RTPI shadowing initiative

Local authorities and organisations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland responded to the RTPI’s call to offer young planners the opportunity to find out what it is like to be a chief planning officer.

The Planner

Edinburgh Haymarket project makes progress

Edinburgh-based property developer Qmile Group has been appointed by fund manager M&G Real Estate to deliver its £300 million Haymarket mixed-use development in the Scottish capital.

Scottish Construction Now

Aberdeen bypass finally open

The much-delayed and significantly over-budget Aberdeen bypass, known as the AWPR project, was finally opened to traffic along its entire 58-kilometre length this week.

BBC News

Green light for Glasgow hotel

Glasgow will become home to Scotland’s first Maldron Hotel after Northern Ireland-based construction company McAleer & Rushe secured planning permission to develop a 300-bed hotel on Renfrew Street in the city centre.

The Scotsman

Dundee LDP adopted

Dundee’s replacement local development plan, which covers the next 10 years and allocates housing sites for 2,605 new homes over the next five, was formally adopted this week by the city council.

Dundee City Council

Glen Etive hydro plans approved

Seven hydro power plants are set to be built in a Scottish glen where Braveheart and James Bond’s Skyfall were filmed – despite hundreds of objections.

The Scotsman

Inverness wood panel plant development

Wood panel producer Norbord is pumping £35 million into the second phase of development at its Inverness factory, which will fund the construction of a second wood room, a heat plant and a dryer at its production mill in Morayhill.

The Scotsman

Glasgow bike village initiative

Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council has been shortlisted for a £2 million grant to create Glasgow’s first dedicated cycling village.

Scottish Housing News

Port of Dundee project

Aberdeen-based John Lawrie Group has reached an agreement with Forth Ports to develop a £5 million decommissioning and metal recovery facility at the Port of Dundee.

Scottish Construction Now

Safety fears dog Dundee homes

Proposals for a 130-home development at Ellengowan Drive in Dundee have been held up while the government considers objections from the Health and Safety Executive over the scheme’s proximity to industrial sites that pose a safety risk.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow publishes revised economic SPG

Glasgow City Council has approved revised supplementary planning guidance on economic development as part of City Development Plan. It recognises a shift towards a knowledge economy in the city and a more flexible approach that may allow other, non-traditional business and industry uses to be promoted within certain economic development areas.

Glasgow City Council

Scapa Flow designation move

A century on from the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow on Orkney, a consultation has been launched about the designation of the site as a Historic Marine Protected Area.

Historic Environment Scotland