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Scotland round-up: Greens’ bill tackles second homes; government publishes annual appeals review

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 21 July-27 July, 2018

More homes recommended for south-east Scotland regional strategy

South-east Scotland’s latest draft regional plan should be amended with higher housing targets, say the three planning reporters who examined the blueprint that covers the capital and its hinterland.

The Planner

Greens publish planning bill changes to curb second homes

As promised the Lothian MSP Andy Wightman has published proposed amendments to the government’s Planning Bill, which would mean that changing a property from a sole or main residence to either a short-term let or a holiday home would require planning permission.

Scottish Green Party

Barclay’s Glasgow office campus scheme

Drum Property Group has agreed a multimillion-pound deal with Barclays to develop a new state-of-the art campus headquarters for the bank at Drum’s Buchanan Wharf development in Glasgow which will nearly double the company’s workforce in Scotland and initially involve some 44,000 square metres of commercial floorspace.

BBC News

Appeals performance review

The Planning and Environmental Appeals Division’s latest annual review of its performance has just been published by the government.

BBC News

Trump Organisation submits latest proposals for Aberdeenshire’s golf resort

The Trump Organisation has submitted its proposals for the second phase of the development of its Aberdeenshire golf resort, which includes 500 new homes, 50 cottages, a sports centre as well as retail and equestrian facilities.

The Scotsman

Infrastructure delays

More than 40 major infrastructure projects in Scotland have been affected by delays or increasing budgets, according to new analysis by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

Scottish Construction Now

Faster decision times

Both local and major development decisions were quicker in 2017/18, according to the latest official statistics.

Scottish Government

Cap for capital’s Airbnbs?

Edinburgh City Council is to lobby the government for a “licensing regime” that would potentially cap the number of Airbnb properties in the capital.

Edinburgh Evening News

Bird blight threatens Highland spaceport

Proposals to site a spaceport in the Highlands could be grounded because of birds, conservationists have warned.

Glasgow Herald

Glasgow ruled out as home for new Channel 4 HQ

Glasgow has missed the final cut to be the home of Channel 4's new headquarters but is still in the running for one of two smaller ‘creative hubs'.

Glasgow Herald

Appeal overturns Cowie homes development refusal

Taylor Wimpey East’s proposals for up to 433 new homes at a site on the western edge of Cowie refused by Stirling Council last year after a row over education contributions have been approved on appeal.

Scottish Housing News

Dundee jute mill conversion allowed

A B-Listed former Dundee jute mill is to be transformed into a 39-flat complex following approval by the city council.

Scottish Housing News

Greenock hospital site earmarked for housing

Link Group Ltd, in partnership with Oak Tree Housing Association, has confirmed proposals to build 198 new homes on the site of the former Ravenscraig Hospital in Greenock.

Scottish Housing News

Plans submitted for two new housing developments in Ardersier

Springfield Properties has submitted plans for 133 homes across two new developments in the coastal village of Ardersier, 16 kilometres east of Inverness on the Moray Firth.

Scottish Construction Now

Dumfries town centre initiative backed

Hundreds of people have signed up to a community bid to revive the fortunes of Dumfries town centre.

BBC News

Galloway coastal path wins funding

Funding has been secured to establish a coastal path taking in the clifftop scenery of Scotland’s most southerly tip in Galloway.

BBC News