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05/06/2020

Scotland round-up: Government issues new advice as planning faces ease in Covid-19 lockdown; Application lodged for carbon-neutral Perth West development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 30 May-5 June, 2020

Scottish Government issues new advice as planning faces ease in Covid-19 lockdown

Scottish planning minister Kevin Stewart and chief planner John McNairney have written to councils committing to publishing an interim position statement on the draft National Planning Framework (NPF) 4 this autumn.

The Planner

Application lodged for carbon-neutral Perth West development

The John Dewar Lamberkin Trust has submitted a planning application for the initial phases of its hugely ambitious mixed-use sustainable expansion of Perth.

The Planner

RTPI launches online conference

The RTPI has launched the Planner Live Online, a series of digital sessions that will highlight planning’s role in post-pandemic recovery.

The Planner

Guidance published for planner apprentices

The RTPI has launched a ‘comprehensive’ resource centre for planning apprentices aiming to gain chartered status.

The Planner

Rubislaw quarry scheme refusal appealed

Canadian real estate firm Carttera has confirmed to The Planner that it is appealing against the decision by Aberdeen City Council’s planning development management committee to reject its latest plans to develop hundreds of flats at Rubislaw Quarry. This second refusal was against the advice of officers, as was the earlier determination. 

Scottish Construction Now

Cowlairs mixed-use development

Outline proposals have been submitted for a major residential-led, mixed-use development of up to 300 new homes plus commercial units on derelict land at Cowlairs, just north of central Glasgow, the site of a former locomotive works.

Scottish Housing News

Stirling homes revealed

Developer Ashfied Land has unveiled proposals for a 400-home development on the outskirts of the village of Fallin, near Stirling.

Scottish Housing News

Broomielaw office block for Glasgow IFSD 

Detailed proposals from developer Soller Group for an 18,580-square metre office block at Carrick Square, in Glasgow’s burgeoning International Financial Services District at Broomielaw, have been submitted to the city council.

Scottish Construction Now

Museum of Flight appeals development grounding

National Museums of Scotland has appealed against East Lothian Council’s decision to reject development proposals for the Museum of Flight at East Fortune, which would require the removal of hundreds of trees so that airplanes could be moved to a new hangar.

Scottish Construction Now

Boost for Maybole restoration

A project to regenerate the historic market town of Maybole in Ayrshire has secured £7.5 million in funding for the town centre and key restoration projects over the next four years.

Scottish Housing News

Dairy firm moots Fife bioenergy project

Dairy firm Graham’s has submitted proposals for a bioenergy plant at its west Fife cheese-making facility at Cowdenbeath.

The Scotsman

Go-ahead for Edinburgh student scheme

Edinburgh City Council has approved plans for a student accommodation block housing more than140 students at a gap site on Montrose Terrace in Abbeyhill.

BBC News

Highland power line proposals

Energy company Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission has begun consulting on plans to replace and upgrade more than 161 kilometres of overhead power lines between Fort Augustus in the Highlands and Ardmore on Skye.

BBC News

Aberdeen rail station redevelopment

ScotRail has revealed plans for an £8 million revamp for Aberdeen railway station, which promises a new lounge area and ticket office as well as improved taxi and cycle parking facilities.

ScotRail

Kilmarnock partnership

The HALO Urban Regeneration Company and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre have announced a new partnership designed to bring ‘world-class smart homes of the future” to Kilmarnock.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow electric scooter trial proposed

A trial of electric scooters has been proposed in Glasgow. This could see the city council become the first in Scotland to allow them on streets. Other initiatives in prospect would create more space for walkers and cyclists in the city centre, including 15 miles of widened pavements and larger cycle lanes.

The Scotsman

East Lothian housing design SPG approved

East Lothian Council has approved new supplementary planning guidance (SPG) as part of its local development plan. It requires new housing developments to be as carbon-neutral as possible, and to consider biodiversity and the environment.

East Lothian Council

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