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Scotland round-up: Green light for major development on Edinburgh’s western flank; Plans submitted for capital student scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 4 May-10 May, 2019

Green light for major development on Edinburgh’s western flank

A large mixed-use business-led development proposed for 36 hectares of mainly vacant land on the western flank of the capital near Edinburgh Airport received the thumbs up this week.

The Planner

Dense cities lead to ‘greater inequality’

Cities that are densely built with people living and working in close proximity are economically efficient but lead to higher levels of inequality, suggests an LSE report.

The Planner

Capital student scheme

Developer S Harrison has submitted a planning application to give a disused site in West Edinburgh a new lease of life as a student accommodation project providing 394 bedrooms, less than two weeks after unveiling proposals for a nearby site on Gorgie Road involving 269 student bedrooms.

Scottish Construction Now and S-Harrison

Wider Edinburgh LEZ?

Council chiefs are considering extending Edinburgh’s planned low-emission zone (LEZ) in the city centre across the entire capital.

Daily Record

Islay distillery move

Plans to bring an Islay distillery back into production nearly four decades after it was closed have been submitted to Argyll & Bute Council.

Glasgow Herald

House of Fraser whisky make-over

Proposals to transform one of the capital’s most prominent empty buildings, the former House of Fraser store on Princes Street, into a world-class whisky ‘experience’ have been approved by councillors.

The Scotsman

Midlothian snow sport centre moves

Councillors have agreed to invest £13.8 million in developing Midlothian Snowsports Centre into an all-year-round, multi-activity leisure facility with, potentially, the highest zipline in the UK while also deciding to market and sell the site earmarked for a hotel to generate more income.

Midlothian Council

Rail freight funding boost

Scottish rail freight is set to benefit from up to £25 million of ring-fenced funds to help strengthen the industry over the next five years and support the development and delivery of strategic rail freight projects to improve capacity and capability.

Scottish Government