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Scotland round-up: Green light for key west Dunbartonshire city deal project; Go-ahead for St Andrews student flats

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 9 January-15 January, 2021

Green light for key west Dunbartonshire city deal project

Proposals for major industrial and commercial development at ExxonMobil’s former Esso site in Bowling were granted planning permission in principle by West Dunbartonshire Council this week.

The Planner

Go-ahead for St Andrews student flats

Fife Council has approved a flats complex providing accommodation for 681 students at Albany Park in St Andrews.

BBC News

Helensburgh golf course housing project

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland and Helensburgh Golf Club have unveiled proposals to reconfigure the facility, replace the clubhouse and build up to 300 new homes on land occupied by the club.

Scottish Housing News

Ayrshire Racecourse homes submitted

South Ayrshire Council has submitted an application to build 160 new homes on land beside Ayrshire Racecourse.

Scottish Housing News

Edinburgh New Town hotel

Morgan McDonnell Architecture has lodged proposals to redevelop a B-listed townhouse in Edinburgh’s New Town as a 67-bed hotel. Under this scheme elements of the Georgian-era buildings at number 12 and 14 Picardy Place will be partially demolished and rebuilt.

Scottish Construction Now

Gilmerton residential development

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, along with its development partner BL Chesser Ltd, has revealed proposals for about 150 new homes on land at Highfield in the Edinburgh suburb of Gilmerton adjacent to the Drum estate.

Scottish Construction Now

Dalkeith Passivhaus scheme approved

A new council flat complex in Dalkeith town centre designed to be built to Passivhaus standards has been given consent by Midlothian Council.

BBC News

Falkirk distillery restoration rethink

A project to restore the historic B-listed Rosebank Distillery in Falkirk has been revised because of the partial collapse of a bonded warehouse on the site.

Scottish Construction Now

Firth of Forth rail tunnel proposed

A new rail tunnel under the Firth of Forth is at the heart of a £22 billion “rail revolution” initiative proposed by the Scottish Greens.

Glasgow Herald

Central Scotland care home venture

CG (Scotland) Ltd and the Morrison Community Care Group have unveiled a new joint venture to develop a number of luxury care homes across central Scotland.

Scottish Construction Now

Revised Calton Hill hotel plea

Urbanist Hotels and Duddingston House Properties, the developers behind a controversial bid to turn one of Edinburgh’s most prominent landmarks into a luxury hotel, have pleaded with councillors to be given another chance to bring forward scaled-back plans for the site, the former Royal School on Calton Hill. Previous proposals were rejected by the Scottish Government in October.

The Scotsman

Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall lined up as film and TV hub

Glasgow City Council has revealed proposals to locate a major new television and film studio hub inside the city’s historic Kelvin Hall with financial support of £7.9 million from the Scottish Government.

Glasgow City Council

Bridge block threat to cycle and walkways

The potential conversion of old railway lines into cycle and walking routes is being frustrated by plans by a UK Government agency to block off more than 20 disused bridges in Scotland, claim environmental campaigners.

The Scotsman