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Scotland round-up: Green light for commercial scale tidal energy project; Film fund generates £17.5m for economy

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 17 June-23 June, 2017

Planning more ‘vital’ than ever, says RTPI president

RTPI president Stephen Wilkinson has insisted that in these uncertain times, planning is more 'vital' than ever, and that planners are the 'catalysts for change'.

The Planner

Green light for commercial scale tidal energy project

A 30-turbine tidal park off the south-west coast of Islay has been approved by the devolved administration.

The Planner

RTPI elections open for nominations

Nominations for a number of RTPI board places, including for the 2019 president, are now open.

The Planner

Queen’s Speech: HS2 phase 2A bill announced

A bill to enable the next phase of High Speed 2 (HS2), between Birmingham and Crewe, has been announced in the Queen’s Speech.

The Planner

Complete the RTPI membership survey

RTPI members are being encouraged to take part in the Institute's all member survey.


The rural economy’s future

A new National Council of Rural Advisers has been announced by rural secretary Fergus Ewing. It aims to provide advice on the potential implications of Scotland leaving the EU as part of the UK and make recommendations on future policy and support.

Scottish Government

Film fund generates £17.5m for economy

A fund to incentivise film production in Scotland has generated £17.5 million for the economy – returning £10 for every pound spent, culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has claimed.

Scottish Government

Space flight bill could create ‘thriving hub’ in Scotland

Scottish secretary David Mundell has insisted that the space flight bill highlighted in the Queen’s Speech could see Scotland become “a thriving hub” for the space industry based around a spaceport north of the border.

The Scotsman

Robertson’s £40m Dundee Waterfront office set for approval

A £40 million mixed-use development involving 88 flats, a 150-bedroom hotel and offices looks set to be developed at one of the Dundee Waterfront’s most prominent sites.

Scottish Construction News

Community to buy out 3,000 acres in Sutherland

The final tranche of funding has been secured for a community buyout of 1,214 hectares of land in Sutherland.

BBC News

Printmakers to revamp former rubber factory in Edinburgh

The home of the former North British Rubber factory in Edinburgh is set to be transformed into a £12.3 million creative hub hosting a new centre of excellence for printmaking.

BBC News

Investment in Michelin factory

Investment totalling £16.5 million in Michelin’s Dundee facility will support additional premises and radical new manufacturing equipment, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Scottish Government

Scottish growth scheme

Companies looking for growth investment may be able to get support under a government funding programme with £200 million on offer.

Scottish Government

Queensferry Crossing to open to vehicles on August 30

The new Queensferry Crossing will open to traffic on August 30, ministers have announced. It will then close a few days later to allow 50,000 people to walk across the bridge before it becomes a motorway with no pedestrian access.

Herald Scotland

Plans to build 274 new homes in East Renfrewshire

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland is consulting on proposals for 274 new homes, 15 per cent affordable, on land to the south of Springfield Road in Barrhead which has been identified as a strategic development opportunity in the East Renfrewshire local development plan.

Build Scotland

Campaigners renew push for St Andrews rail link

Campaigners have launched a new report making the case for restoring St Andrews to the rail network.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh pension fund invests £46m in fracking

An environmental charity has called for local authorities to stop investing pension money into controversial fracking companies.

Edinburgh Evening News

Arran Coastal Way recognised as one of our greatest

A 65-mile-long circular route around the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s south-west coast has been added to the Scotland’s Great Trails network by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Publican to appeal after floating pub application rejected

A publican has said he will appeal a decision by Edinburgh City Council to reject plans for a floating bar on the Water of Leith.

Edinburgh Evening News

Aberdeenshire councillor suspended for lobbying on planning application

An Aberdeenshire councillor who lobbied colleagues about a proposal to build a wind turbine on his farm has been suspended from certain duties for six months.

Scottish Construction News

Station with three passengers faces closure

A train station in West Lothian that is only used by three passengers a week is being threatened with closure.

BBC News

New bid to create Gathering Place artwork for Inverness

A fresh effort is being made to create a piece of public art on the banks of the River Ness in Inverness.

BBC News

New south of Scotland enterprise agency to be created

A new enterprise agency is to be created to “meet the economic needs of communities” in the south of Scotland.

BBC News