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Scotland round-up: Green light for new concert hall on Edinburgh World Heritage Site; Student tower for Glasgow’s George Street approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 20 November-26 November, 2021

Green light for new concert hall on Edinburgh World Heritage Site

Edinburgh’s first new concert hall for a century was granted planning permission this week for a location in the World Heritage area of the city centre.

The Planner

Tower for Glasgow’s George Street approved

A mixed-use development at Glasgow’s George Street has been approved by the city council. The proposals include a 20-storey tower that will now house 136 rental flats instead of student accommodation.

Scottish Housing News

Parliamentary probe for NPF4

The Scottish Parliament is calling for submissions on the content of the National Planning Framework 4, which for the first time this session will be subject to scrutiny by several committees, led by the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee.

Scottish Parliament

Short-terms lets legislation

Councils will be given powers to ensure that short-term lets are safe and meet the needs of their local communities under new legislation just laid before the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Government

Student development moves

A major government review into the future of dedicated accommodation for students in Scotland is likely to propose a minimum living standard as part of a new set of regulations for the sector, which would include affordability measures, according to a scoping study obtained by The Scotsman through a freedom of information request.

Scottish Housing News

Clydebank blueprint

A new blueprint for the development of Clydebank over the next 15 years has been drawn up by West Dunbartonshire Council following public consultation. It aims to establish a distinct town centre heart in the area between the canal and the railway station which would see residential-led development on the site of the former Playdrome, a new transportation hub incorporating Clydebank Central train station and the bus station and making the historic Co-op building the focal point of a new public square and marketplace.

West Dunbartonshire Council

Isle of Islay whisky project

Argyll and Bute Council has approved new whisky maturation warehouses for Ardnahoe Distillery on the Isle of Islay.

Glasgow Herald

Kirkintilloch masterplan

East Dunbartonshire Council is consulting on a draft masterplan for the Kirkintilloch Business Gateway area, which would include business investment, jobs, accommodation for older people, active travel initiatives and encourage the development of vacant and derelict land.

East Dunbartonshire Council

Fife gin visitor attraction

Guardbridge-based gin distiller Eden Mill has submitted plans to build a £4 million visitor attraction at its headquarters in the Fife village.

The Scotsman

Angus homes boost

Guild Homes has submitted proposals to Angus Council to double its residential development in West Turfbeg with another 245 new homes on land near the town bypass.

Scottish Housing News

Kilmarnock football pitch row

Sportscotland, the government’s sporting agency, is objecting  to Bellway Homes’ proposals  to build 58 new homes on a Kilmarnock football pitch.

Scottish Housing News

Prince’s Ayrshire classroom makes the grade

Prince Charles has been given the go-ahead to build an outdoor classroom for schoolchildren in the grounds of his Scottish stately home, Dumfries House, near Cumnock in Ayrshire.

Scottish Construction Now

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