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Scotland round-up: Haymarket gap development branded as ‘too bland’ by conservationists; Aberdeen housing projects update

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 20 July-26 July, 2019

Key Haymarket gap development branded as ‘too bland’ by conservationists

The Scottish capital’s leading heritage watchdog has branded the latest proposals to redevelop a key Haymarket site in the city centre as 'too bland' and 'out of character with the local area and with no reference or respect to the local context'.

The Planner

Aberdeen housing projects update

Developer Cognito Oak has submitted outline proposals for more than 500 new homes, 30 of which would be powered by hydrogen fuel cells, on land on the outskirts of Aberdeen at Bridge of Don to the east of the A92. Meanwhile, in a separate move, Stewart Milne Homes has unveiled proposals to build up to 200 properties to the east of Falkland Avenue in Cove, a suburb of the city.

BBC News and Scottish Construction Now

Homes plan for Kirkcaldy school site

Edinburgh-based developer Whiteburn Projects has announced proposals to convert a former school in Kirkcaldy to deliver around 100 new homes.

Scottish Housing News

Edinburgh Old Town proposals for Cowgate venue

Proposals have been lodged with the city council to transform an Edinburgh Old Town nightclub and festival venue on Cowgate into a boutique hotel and ceilidh hall.

Edinburgh Evening News

Kelso hotel extension

Proposals to expand the Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso have been submitted to Scottish Borders Council. They include 62 new bedrooms in a new wing for the B-listed property as well as accessible facilities in support of a further 60 woodland lodges.

Scottish Construction Now

Short-term lets concern

Scottish Land & Estates has warned the government that over-regulation of short-term lets could pose a risk to rural tourism, while CIH Scotland has voiced concern about how the administration’s latest proposals will be monitored and enforced.

Scottish Housing News

Inquiry into community engagement over land decisions

The Scottish Land Commission has launched a new survey about community engagement in decisions relating to land.

Scottish Land Commission    

Salmon farm inspection call

A petition demanding “emergency" inspections of all salmon farming operations has been delivered to Marine Scotland, which is responsible for licensing facilities.

BBC News

Historic listed Jedburgh building at risk

A prominent town centre category C listed building in Jedburgh may have to be demolished because it is crumbling.

BBC News

Dubai ruler revises family lodge plan

The billionaire ruler of Dubai has submitted new plans to build a lodge for family members at his estate at Inverinate in Wester Ross after locals objected to earlier proposals.

The Scotsman

Development decision times hold firm

Latest official planning statistics show that the average decision time for local developments in 2018/19 matched the figures for the previous year, which were the quickest average decision time since the start of this data collection in 2012/13. The average decision time for major developments was just over a week quicker than in the previous year.

Scottish Government

Livingston village makes progress

Developer Springfield Properties has submitted detailed proposals for the first 502 homes of a 2,500 home village at Gavieside Farm, Livingston, to West Lothian Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Balmedie housing development takes shape

Castlehill Housing Association’s plans for 220 homes to the south of Chapelwell and Balmedie have progressed following Aberdeenshire Council’s approval of planning in principle for the scheme.

Scottish Construction Now

More wildflower trails

Five new wildflower trails – specially designed to benefit Scotland’s vital pollinators – have opened at Scottish Natural Heritage nature reserves this year.

Scottish Natural Heritage