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Scotland round-up: Green light for revised plans for Inverness suburb; Land Reform Act comes into force

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 25 June-1 July, 2016

Green light for revised Inverness suburb plans

Highland Council has backed revised plans for a new 1,800 home suburb to the east of Inverness, originally approved in 2010 but which has yet to climb off the drawing board.

The Planner

RTPI provides further guidance post European Union Referendum

The RTPI discusses the implications of the UK’s Leave vote for planning, and calls on politicians to rely on the expertise of planners.


Land Reform Act comes into force

The first parts of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act have come into force involving changes on the use of common good land, new business rates for shooting and deerstalking and measures surrounding deer management.

Scottish Government 

First stage in planning process for new Aberdeen FC stadium begins

Aberdeen FC has set the ball rolling on plans to relocate its home ground to the outskirts of the city in a move which will mean building a new stadium at Kingsford, between Westhill and Kingswells.

Press and Journal

Golf course dedicated to Arnold Palmer approved

Highland Council has approved plans for a second championship golf course, to be dedicated to US golfer Arnold Palmer, at Castle Stuart near Inverness.

BBC News

Lockerbie data centre planning extension explored

The team behind a long-running bid to build an internet data centre in southern Scotland is canvassing for a further time extension to its planning consent.

BBC News

£100m overhaul of Glasgow's west end and waterfront to begin within 18 months

Proposals to spend over £100 million on major projects for Glasgow’s Waterfront and west end have been confirmed, with work to begin within 18 months.

Herald Scotland

Homelessness and Housing Options statistics published

Homelessness applications and the number of people assessed as homeless or likely to become homeless within two months both reduced during 2015/16, according to official statistics just published by the administration.

Scottish Government 

City centre masterplan project for Broad Street moves ahead with part pedestrianisation

Major public realm enhancements are to be drawn up for Broad Street now that Aberdeen City Council has agreed to fund and progress the scheme.

Aberdeen City Council

Cycle superhighway set to be diverted after mass protests

A key section of a planned £6 million cycle “superhighway” in the capital could be mothballed amid pressure from local businesses.

Edinburgh News 

Edmonstone Estate plans set to be thrown out by council

Proposals for hundreds of new homes and a primary school on farmland to the south-east of Edinburgh are facing rejection as the scheme is considered contrary to the local development plan.

Edinburgh News

Ambitious plans for city region deal agreed by the City of Edinburgh Council

Edinburgh City Council has approved a report on the Edinburgh and the South East of Scotland City Region, which confirms the priorities for the proposed ‘city deal’ designed to accelerate growth in Scotland’s capital city and wider region.

City of Edinburgh Council

Brexit puts £2bn Edinburgh city deal ‘at risk’

Plans to boost investment in Edinburgh and the surrounding region under as part of a so-called ‘City Deal’ could be under threat as a result of Brexit, politicians have warned.

Edinburgh News

Guidance on householder permitted development rights 

The Scottish Government has published advice on what can be done without the need to submit a planning application.

Scottish Government

Glasgow's SECC sets goal of 'best event campus in Europe'

The owners of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow have unveiled plans to create "the best event campus in Europe". SECC has commissioned a feasibility study to establish "viable options" for upgrading and enhancing the campus, which includes the SSE Hydro arena.

BBC News

Wind farm project near Hawick taking shape

Plans for a 15-turbine wind farm development five miles south of Hawick have gone on public display.

BBC News 

Milton of Leys prison plan 'paused' as a new site is considered

Plans to build a new prison at Milton of Leys near Inverness are now in doubt as the Scottish Prison Service has agreed to look at a potential new site close to the Inverness Shopping Park development.

The Inverness Courier

Crown Estate in Scotland

The programme of work to secure devolved control of the Crown Estate in Scotland has continued with the launch of an eight week consultation seeking views on the interim management arrangements.

Scottish Government

Scottish National Gallery extension to go ahead after lottery grant

Work on a radical overhaul of the nation’s flagship gallery is set to get underway within months, after a project to extend the Scottish National Gallery and create a dramatic new entrance from Princes Street Gardens won the final backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Scotsman