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Scotland round-up: Go-ahead for Elgin expansion; Scottish Government publishes draft housing vision

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 13 July-19 July, 2019

Go-ahead for Elgin expansion

The first phase of the proposed expansion of Elgin with a new neighbourhood on the northern flank of the town has been given the green light by Moray Council.

The Planner

Planning guidance lacks smart energy ambition

Greater national political clarity on the importance of smart energy and climate change is required through planning guidance or a ministerial statement, the RTPI has suggested.

The Planner

RTPI appoints diversity consultant

The RTPI has appointed a specialist diversity and inclusion consultant to draw up an action plan that aims to increase the diversity of the town planning profession.

The Planner

Draft housing vision published

A draft vision of how Scotland’s housing system should look and feel in 2040 has been published by the Scottish Government, ahead of a formal consultation in the autumn.

Scottish Government

Spaceport moves

Proposals for competing space ports at different locations in Scotland have ruffled feathers this week with news that larger rockets and more launches could be involved at the facility earmarked for the Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland. Conservationists have warned that plans to launch satellites into space from a site in North Uist threaten a 'pristine section of wild Atlantic coastline'.

Glasgow Herald and BBC News

Haymarket hotel extension

The owners of the Haymarket Hub hotel opposite Edinburgh Haymarket station have lodged plans to build 47 extra bedrooms as part of proposals for a nine-storey extension.

The Scotsman

Midlothian holiday homes

Waste management firm FCC Environment has unveiled proposals for a 60-lodge holiday park its Drummond Moor site in Midlothian, once a quarry, which is located to the south of the former Rosslynlee Hospital.

Scottish Construction Now

MSP lays into planning bill

Green MSP Andy Wightman has written an opinion piece arguing that the SNP and Conservatives have joined forces to pass a 'Tory-style planning bill' which failed to deliver anything meaningful in terms of community empowerment, indeed quite the reverse.

The Scotsman

Dyce council homes

First Endeavour LLP is set to deliver 283 new council homes at Wellheads Road in Dyce following an agreement with Aberdeen City Council.

Aberdeen City Council