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Scotland round-up: Green light for hundreds of new homes for East Lothian; New homes for Bo’ness?

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 28 June-5 July, 2019

Green light for hundreds of new homes for East Lothian

East Lothian Council has approved a range of residential schemes that are set to deliver more than 950 homes.

The Planner

New homes for Bo’ness?

Developers AWG Property and Mactaggart & Mickel have submitted a planning application to Falkirk Council for a development of up to 225 new homes, 75 of which would be affordable, at Crawfield Road in Bo’ness.

Scottish Housing News

SEPA’s housing blueprint

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has published a new plan that sets out how it will regulate and work with the housing sector to improve environmental performance throughout the supply chain.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Tayside housing plans

Around £120 million is to be invested in the Tayside region after Stewart Milne Homes announced plans to deliver more than 350 new homes at developments in Arbroath, Ballumbie and Blairgowrie.

Scottish Construction Now

New trail links national parks

A 200-mile trail linking Scotland’s two national parks has been launched to encourage more tourists on foot, bikes and cars to the heart of Scotland.

The Scotsman

Glasgow Airport hotel approval

Proposals for a new 196-room five-storey hotel at Glasgow Airport have been given the go-ahead.

Glasgow Herald

Tartan power goes green

Scotland produced a record amount of renewable energy in the first three months of 2019, with enough power generated to supply almost nine out of 10 homes.

The National

Funding boost for Glasgow cruise ship project

The development of a £19 million cruise berthing and visitor centre at Greenock Ocean Terminal has been awarded funding of nearly £10 million from the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Scottish Construction Now

Hi-tech historic site protection

A new partnership to harness space and satellite technology to protect Scotland’s historic sites from climate change has been launched.

Historic Environment Scotland

Transport blueprint for south-west Scotland

Draft proposals for the future of transport in south-west Scotland have been published. They include enhanced rail services, development of the active travel network in the area, significant upgrades to the A75 and A77 to improve connectivity to the ports at Cairnryan, as well as improvements for the A76 and transport hubs in towns like Dumfries, Stranraer and Lockerbie.

Transport for Scotland

Menie sand dunes SSSI status review

The sand dunes at Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf resort look set to lose their status as a nationally important habitat designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

BBC News

Hotel proposed for Glasgow office block

A disused 12-storey office block in Glasgow city centre would be transformed into a four-star hotel under new plans lodged with the local authority.

Scottish Construction Now

Lerwick masterplan adopted

The Knab Masterplan has been formally adopted by Shetland Council as supplementary planning guidance which will assist in the redevelopment of the former Lerwick school site for housing.

7N Architects

Ayr high-rise set for demolition

South Ayrshire Council has decided to press ahead with plans to demolish three blocks of high-rise flats at Riverside Place in Ayr, replacing them with a new housing development on the site.

South Ayrshire Council

Kessock road bridge in line for listing

Historic Environment Scotland is consulting on proposals to list the Highlands’ Kessock road bridge, the first multi-cable-stayed bridge in the UK and largest crossing of its kind in Europe.

BBC News

Community sustainable development power

The Scottish Government is consulting on the secondary legislation required to implement Part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) 2016 Act which allows for a form of compulsory purchase where communities want to acquire land to achieve sustainable development

Scottish Government

Capital in tourist trouble

Edinburgh has been named alongside Amsterdam, Rome, Venice and Barcelona as one of the world's worst hotspots for ‘over-tourism’ by travel news website CNN Travel.

The Scotsman

Underground valley mapping initiative

New mapping has been carried out by the British Geological Survey of hidden underground valleys around Scotland which should help in locating heat sources and new water supplies for distilleries.

BBC News