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Scotland round-up: Greater Glasgow councils agree on new economic blueprint; Master builders say 50,000 new homes should be ‘diverse mix’

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 11 February-17 February, 2017

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The Planner

Greater Glasgow councils agree on new economic blueprint

Eight Scottish councils have together launched an ambitious joint economic action plan.

The Planner

Right to Build task force is launched

A Right to Build expert task force that aims to help 80 organisations across the UK deliver more homes over the next three years has been launched.

The Planner

Shopping centres in fresh row over £100 million plan to expand Aberdeen business park

The planning wrangle involving Aberdeen’s largest shopping centres and a proposed out-of-town retail complex has been reignited this week following publication of an updated retail impact assessment of the controversial Prime Four Business Park project.

Evening Express

Half of Portobello residents object to new homes plan

Nearly 300 objections have been lodged in response to house builder Barratt’s proposals for almost 500 homes in the Portobello area of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Evening News

Memorandum of Understanding is signed with South Korean city of Mokpo

Aberdeen City Council has signed a memorandum of understanding with the South Korean city of Mokpo. The focus will be on renewable energy, marine engineering and higher education links.

Aberdeen City Council

Master builders say 50,000 new homes should be ‘diverse mix’

Master builders have called for a “diverse mix of new homes” to be built as the Scottish Government lays the groundwork for 50,000 new houses in five years.

Herald Scotland

Tree planting ‘threatening’ Scotland’s grand vistas

Scotland's “dramatic open views and vistas” are under threat from the government’s plans to increase woodland cover from 17 to 25 per cent by 2050, according to mountaineers and gamekeepers.

BBC News

Cairngorms used in trial of new mapping technique

A new technique used to map habitats in Sweden has been tried out in the Scottish Highlands by Scottish Natural Heritage. Under scrutiny has been the use of false colour infrared stereo aerial imagery interpretation.

BBC News

Leading architects look into new future for Prestwick's own Broadway

One of Scotland’s top architectural firms is to lead an investigation into how to revitalise a historic cinema – the disused Broadway Cinema in Prestwick, south Ayrshire.

Herald Scotland

Places, people and planning: easy-read guide

The administration has published short guide on the future of the Scottish planning system highlighting the latest proposals for change now out for consultation.

Scottish Government

Scottish Land Fund awards

The Scottish Government’s Scottish Land Fund has awarded 11 projects a total of £2.1 million to allow local groups to purchase land for community ownership.

Scottish Government

Cabinet secretary opens new Raith junction

The new Raith Underpass, at Junction 5 of the M74, has been officially opened. The project aims to improve the heavily congested junction near Hamilton in South Lanarkshire.

Scottish Government

Council approves west end university development

A £1 billion extension to the University of Glasgow's Gilmourhill campus on the site of the old Western Infirmary has been given the green light, paving the way for work to begin in the spring.

BBC News

Council to develop proposal for £30million TIF scheme

Glasgow City Council has approved a proposal to develop a £30 million Tax Incremental Finance scheme to support the development of an innovation district in the city centre.

Glasgow City Council