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Scotland round-up: Green bonds proposed in bid to raise £1bn for biodiversity; Capital’s Granton Waterfront project makes progress

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 23 May-29 May, 2020

Green bonds proposed in bid to raise £1bn for biodiversity in Scotland 

A report that proposes a series of measures to ‘unlock’ £1 billion of new investment for nature conservation in Scotland has been published by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The Planner

Capital’s Granton Waterfront project makes progress

Contracts were due to be signed this week for the first phase of the projected £1.3 billion redevelopment of the Granton Waterfront. When complete,it is set to deliver 3,500 new homes for the capital with at least 35 per cent of them classed affordable.

The Scotsman

West Edinburgh housing approved

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland has secured detailed approval from the City of Edinburgh Council for the provision of 250 new homes, 25 per cent of which will be affordable, on land off Maybury Road on the outskirts of West Edinburgh.

Scottish Housing News

Moray LDP makes the grade

The government has approved Moray Council’s replacement local development plan, a blueprint covering the next 15 years. 

Moray Council

Aberdeen quarry development backed

Revised proposals from Canadian real estate firm Carttera to develop hundreds of flats at Aberdeen’s Rubislaw Quarry have been recommended for approval.

Scottish Housing News

Makeover planned for Glasgow’s Rottenrow Gardens

The University of Strathclyde has submitted proposals to re-landscape the area around the Rottenrow Gardens, once the location of the former Royal Maternity Hospital. Work would also see the neighbourhood pedestrianised.

Glasgow Herald

Taskforce established to shape city

A taskforce has been established  to create an Edinburgh Architecture Centre that brings together the city’s architects, planners, heritage bodies, city leaders and the general public in an initiative like ventures in Hamburg, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

The Scotsman

More homes for Govanhill former bus depot site?

Link Group has teamed up with Govanhill Housing Association on new proposals to complete  the redevelopment of the former Larkfield bus depot site in Glasgow with 121 affordable homes.

Scottish Housing News

Update on latest Culloden conflict

National Trust Scotland is objecting to proposals lodged with the Highland Council for the change of use of a former equestrian centre at Faebuie, near the Culloden battlefield, into a holiday attraction providing 13 lodges and a 100-seater restaurant.

Glasgow Herald

Holiday centre mooted for Beauly castle

Stagecoach Group co-founder Dame Ann Gloag has submitted plans to Highland Council to turn part of her Beaufort Castle estate near Beauly into an outdoor holiday centre with 50 bespoke holiday lodges. These would be arranged around a courtyard housing a café and a camping wash house.

Scottish Construction Now

Housing development proposed for Aberdeen 

Developers have proposed a housing-led mixed-use scheme at Milltimber, Aberdeen which would see 99 new homes and 2,000 square metres of retail floorspace constructed.

Scottish Housing News

‘Horseshoe’ flats lined up near Ibrox Stadium

Merchant Homes has revealed plans for 160 flats, arranged in two four-storey blocks with a distinctive horseshoe design, to be located on a former greyhound racing track near the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow,

Scottish Construction Now

Stirling office scheme

Stirling Development Agency has submitted plans for a £25 million three-storey office development on the outskirts of Raploch in the Kildean Business Park.

Scottish Construction Now

New flats and shops for Inverness city centre

The Highland Council has approved proposals to redevelop the B-listed former Arnotts store on Union Street in Inverness city centre into 53 flats and six new shops.

Press & Journal

Finnieston ‘glass house’ roof revealed

Proposals have surfaced for the construction of a £1 million ‘glass house’ over a section of Argyle Street at Finnieston in Glasgow’s West End, which would allow adjacent bars and restaurants to re-open under social distancing measures. 

Glasgow Herald