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Scotland round-up: Go-ahead for new-build Edinburgh offices at World Heritage Site; Inverness hotel application submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 14 March-20 March, 2020

Go-ahead for new-build Edinburgh offices at World Heritage Site

A new-build office scheme at a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Old Town of Edinburgh, which will require the demolition of some existing buildings, has been given the go-ahead by the city council’s development management committee.

The Planner

Planners ready to support communities and businesses amid coronavirus outbreak

RTPI president Sue Manns has urged planners to remain calm and to continue to follow government advice as the UK works to bring the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) under control.

The Planner

Student accommodation approved in the capital

Developer S Harrison’s proposal to build a student accommodation complex providing 248 bedrooms in Edinburgh’s Gorgie Road has been given the green light by the city council.

Scottish Construction Now

Tweed trailblazer

Scottish Borders Council is considering contributing  £174,500 to fund development costs for an ambitious £20 million project to create a  world-class long-distance route based around the River Tweed involving a 100-mile shared-use trail  stretching from beyond the source of the river above Moffat to the river mouth at Berwick-upon-Tweed. It is suggested this could bring 375,000 visitors a year to the area.

Scottish Borders Council

Inverness hotel application

Plans lodged by Bricks Capital and KKA Architecture involving the demolition of the Ironworks arts and music venue in Inverness and its replacement with a 162-bed hotel have been submitted to the Highlands Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Sutherland spaceport opposition

Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s company Wildland Ltd has formally objected   to the planning application for Britain’s first vertical launch spaceport proposed for land within the Melness Crofting Estate on the A' Mhòine peninsula in Sutherland.

Glasgow Herald

Red squirrels surviving

A survey by conservation group Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels has found that Scotland’s red squirrel population remained stable last year.

BBC News

Estates in demand for their green credentials

Investors are eyeing Scottish estates not for their historic castles and countryside sporting opportunities, but for their “natural capital”, according to property consultant Strutt and Parker.

The Scotsman