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Scotland round-up: Green light for £65m Kilmarnock regeneration project; 2018 Budget set for approval

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 27 January-2 February, 2018

Green light for £65m Kilmarnock regeneration project

An ambitious £65 million urban regeneration scheme on the site of the former Johnnie Walker factory in Kilmarnock has received outline approval from East Ayrshire Council.

The Planner

RTPI celebrates reaching 25,000 members

The RTPI has announced that it has elected its 25,000th member, a major milestone for the institute.

The Planner

2018 Budget set for approval

Finance secretary Derek Mackay confirmed this week that he had reached an agreement that will make sure that the 2018 Budget will be passed by the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Government

Stirling refuses nearly 700 homes

Stirling Council has refused two applications, totalling nearly 700 homes, from Persimmon Homes to develop land to the east of Plean around Cushenquarter Farm because of concern over traffic safety and the impact on local schools and healthcare provision.

Stirling Council

Meadowbank redevelopment makes progress

Detailed planning consent for a new £45 million sports centre on the existing Meadowhall site, built for Edinburgh’s hosting of the 1970 Commonwealth Games, has been submitted to the city council alongside a masterplan for the development of surplus land adjacent to the new stadium.

Edinburgh City Council

Moray homes scheme succeeds on appeal

A government planning reporter has allowed on appeal proposals to build 22 affordable houses on the south side of the seaside village of Hopeman originally blocked by Moray Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Go-ahead for Lochaber car wheels factory

Highland Council has approved plans for a huge alloy car wheels factory on a brownfield site at Lochaber near Fort William as part of GFG Alliance’s expansion of its nearby aluminium smelter.

Highland Council

700 Inverurie homes recommended for approval

Proposals for more than 700 homes, community facilities and industrial development on the outskirts of Inverurie have been recommended for delegated approval by Aberdeenshire Council.

Scottish Housing News

Short-term letting ceiling mooted

This week’s report from the Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy has recommended further work on whether there should be a 90-day ceiling for short-term lets in any year before requiring change of use from domestic, and additional research on the community impact of increasing short-term lets particularly in the capital.

Scottish Government

Thumbs-up for Rannoch Moor hotel scheme

Highland councillors have approved redevelopment of the historic Kings House Hotel on Rannoch Moor.

BBC News

Strategy to boost Falkirk housing

Falkirk Council’s latest three-year housing strategy includes a council house building programme of 246 new units and a drive to buy back a similar number of homes sold under the Right-to-Buy legislation.

Scottish Housing News

Barratt homes boost

Plans to build 2,280 homes at 12 new sites across Scotland this year have been revealed by Barratt Developments.

BBC News

Developer promises car-charging provision as standard

Elgin-based developer Springfield Properties has committed to installing cabling for electric car-charging points as a standard feature of all its new-build homes.

BBC News

Row over former Edinburgh mill conversion

Canonmills residents have hit out at proposals to convert one of the capital’s few former mills into flats.

Edinburgh Evening News

Homes plan threatens capital speedway club

An outline planning application to build housing on the Armadale Stadium site, which is home to speedway team Edinburgh Monarchs, has raised a question mark over the future of sport at that location.

Edinburgh Evening News

Boost for Edinburgh’s ‘Bioquarter’

Edinburgh’s dedicated campus for health and life sciences, three miles south of the city centre, is to benefit from a five-year collaboration agreement involving the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and Edinburgh University.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh LEZ?

The capital is likely to secure Scotland’s second pollution-curbing low-emission zone (LEZ), according to council leader Adam McVey.

Edinburgh Evening News

Cleaner buses

Transport minister Humza Yousaf has announced £1.6 million for an initiative to retrofit older buses with technology to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions.

Scottish Government

The North Coast 500 plaudit

Popular Highland tourist route, The North Coast 500, has been named as among the best value for money tourism experiences on the planet by Travel Magazine.

The Scotsman

New Edinburgh rail station underused

Edinburgh Gateway, one of Scotland’s newest railway stations, has been branded a flop after attracting fewer than half of the estimated users in its first year.

Glasgow Herald

Glasgow lanes strategy approved

Glasgow City Council has approved the final version of a strategy that aims to make the best use of the 90 lanes in the heart of the city as part of the council's wider city centre strategy.

Glasgow City Council

Virgin Hotel earmarked for Auld Reekie

Tycoon Sir Richard Branson has announced Edinburgh as the location for the first Virgin Hotel outside the United States in a move which will see the historic India Buildings at the top of Victoria Street converted into a 225-room high-end hotel with multiple dining and drinking outlets, expected to open in 2020.

Edinburgh Evening News

Stirling wins affordable accolade

Stirling has been named as the most affordable city in the UK, according to a Bank of Scotland study.

The Scotsman

Campaign to amend Planning Bill to reverse clearances

Campaign group Community Land Scotland is lobbying to have the Planning Bill amended to give the government and local communities more powers to reverse the impact of the Scottish clearances.

BBC News