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Scotland round-up: Household formation in Scotland continues to rise faster than the population; TAYplan strategic development plan submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 4 June-10 June, 2016

Household formation in Scotland continues to rise faster than the population

The number of households in Scotland has continued to increase, although the rate of growth is slowing down compared with the position before the economic downturn.

The Planner

TAYplan strategic development plan submitted

A strategic development plan for much of central Scotland has been submitted to ministers for approval. The TAYplan covers the area administered by four local authorities: Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross and North East Fife. The strategy covers the period up 2036.

Dundee City Council

Glasgow city region City Deal steps up a gear

A £1.13 billion jobs and infrastructure programme has taken a major step forward now that the eight councils involved in the Glasgow City Region have agreed to develop a manifesto for economic development and growth.

Glasgow City Council

Trams enjoy a passenger boom in their second year

Edinburgh’s tram line has seen a 9 per cent boom in passengers in its second 12 months of operation.

The Scotsman

Scotland’s largest solar farm formally opened

Scotland’s largest solar farm, a 13 megawatt scheme on 30 hectares of land at Errol Estate in Perthshire, has been officially switched on.

BBC News 

Glasgow University expansion will transform city’s West End

The University of Glasgow has submitted detailed plans to expand its campus by redeveloping a five-hectare acre site formerly occupied by the Western Infirmary.

The Scotsman

Weather impacts on Queensferry crossing

The administration has confirmed that the new Queensferry Crossing will not be opening in December this year as once expected and is not now likely to be completed until May 2017. Bad weather has been blamed.

Scottish Government

Dundee set for multimillion-pound housing boost

More than £10 million of investment could see up to 150 affordable new homes being built in Dundee over the next two years.

Dundee City Council

Edinburgh airport consultation launched on flight paths

Edinburgh Airport has launched a major consultation into proposed new flight paths. It said new flight paths would allow it to maintain safe and sustainable growth without affecting punctuality.

BBC News

Calls for full inquiry into council’s deal with developers for North Kelvin Meadow

Ministers are facing calls for a more comprehensive public inquiry into a controversial housing plan on the site of a wood adopted by families in Glasgow. A government reporter has been appointed to examine whether Glasgow City Council can go ahead with its plans to sell the site to developers to build 90 new homes.

Herald Scotland 

New tidal turbines in Forth set to revolutionise energy sector

A pioneering new green power device set to be launched in the Firth of Forth this week that, it is said, could revolutionise the emerging marine energy sector.

The Scotsman 

Firm to appeal after Arbroath Abbey wind turbine plan rejected

Bairds Malt has launched an appeal over the refusal of planning permission by Angus Council for a wind turbine, which objectors claim would ruin the view of Arbroath Abbey.

The Scotsman 

New plans for Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens

Aberdeen City Council has signalled plans to spend millions refurbishing historic Union Terrace Gardens three years after snubbing an oil tycoon’s £50 million donation.

The Scotsman

Windy Edge wind farm appeal succeeds

A wind farm south of Hawick rejected by Scottish Borders Council on landscape grounds has been approved on appeal.

BBC News

New £22.3m third Don crossing opens in Aberdeen

The delayed £23 million third Don crossing in Aberdeen has finally opened.

BBC News