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Scotland round-up: Hamilton growth area benefits from city deal funding; Glasgow business scheme expansion plan

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 18 August-24 August, 2018

Hamilton growth area benefits from city deal funding

Ambitious proposals for 1,800 new homes in Hamilton are set to climb off the drawing board thanks to funding from the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal.

The Planner

Glasgow business scheme expansion plan

The Scottish asset manager that runs Glasgow’s Skypark business complex on behalf of Hermes has revealed the investment company is drawing up plans to expand the facility by nearly half.

Glasgow Herald

Record film and TV activity

Creative Scotland has announced a new £3 million fund for television production as it reports a total of £95 million spent on film and TV production in Scotland last year – the highest amount since records began a decade ago.

BBC News

Campaign to restore Mackintosh villas in Springburn

Campaigners are fighting to have a pair of iconic A-listed villas in Springburn, Glasgow, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh restored to their former glory after years of neglect.

Glasgow Herald

Persimmon house completions on the up

Housebuilder Persimmon expects to nearly double the number of new home completions it makes in Scotland this year compared to last, achieving 2,000 by year-end.

Glasgow Herald

Ayrshire eco-homes proposed

Rowallan Castle Estate, near Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, has unveiled plans for the development of up to 66 eco-houses.

Glasgow Herald

Corstorphine flats appeal

Developer Dandara is appealing Edinburgh City Council’s refusal of its revised proposals for flats in a five-storey block at Corstorphine.

Edinburgh Evening News

Scotland Gas Networks plans facility at Robroyston

Scotland Gas Networks has submitted plans to develop offices, a workshop, depot and training facility on vacant land near Robroyston, Glasgow.

Scottish Construction Now

Edinburgh tourist tax support

Support for a tourist tax is growing, the capital’s council chiefs have claimed as Airbnb and Virgin Hotels both said they were happy to operate such a levy.

The Scotsman

Vertical gallery okayed for Highlands botanical garden

The Highland Council has given the green light to proposals for a ‘vertical gallery’ and bird hide in Inverewe Garden, a 19th-century botanical garden in north-west Scotland

Architects Journal

State of the art waste plant opens in Livingston

A family-run waste disposal company has opened the UK’s largest plant designed specifically to recycle construction, demolition and excavation waste at Livingston.

The Scotsman

Top tidal turbine

A flagship tidal energy turbine has generated more electricity in its first year than Scotland's entire wave and tidal sector produced before it.

BBC News

Highland developer contributions scheme

Planning guidance approved by the Highland Council has updated the financial contributions that new developments will be required to make towards facilities including schools, roads and the provision of affordable housing.  

The Highland Council

Latest data zone population estimates

Figures published this week by the National Records of Scotland have provided the latest mid-2017 population estimates for Scotland's small areas, known as data zones.

Scottish Government

Capital’s new concert hall design revealed

Sir David Chipperfield, the architect behind Edinburgh’s first new concert hall in more than a century, has revealed that the 1,000-capacity auditorium will have a rooftop dome, glass-covered walkway and outdoor terraces.

The Scotsman

1970s Edinburgh office block slated for hotel conversion

A 1970s office building in the West Coates area of Edinburgh could be converted into a 157-bedroom hotel under proposals just unveiled.

Scottish Construction Now

Aviemore hospital project

NHS Highland has submitted a planning application for a new community hospital in Aviemore, on land south of the former call centre in the Technology Park.

Scottish Construction Now

Glasgow replacement pedestrian bridge opens

Subtle safety features have been included in the new £1.5 million Polamdie bridge, just opened over the Clyde beside Glasgow Green in the city's east end. Its 60-year-old predecessor closed in 2015 when its condition became dangerous.

The Scotsman