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Scotland round-up: Increased DPEA work load, renewables record

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland this week: 20-26 September, 2014

Development plan surge increases DPEA workload

Scotland’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) handled an unprecedented number of development plans during 2013/14, says the organisation’s latest annual review.

The Planner

100 years of planning

An exhibition tracing 100 years of town planning has opened in the City of Edinburgh Council's Waverley Court to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

City of Edinburgh Council 

Scotland on track for another record year for renewables

Figures just released by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change show that Scotland’s renewable electricity generation in the first half of 2014 was 30 per cent higher compared to same period in 2013. This overall increase is primarily due to a 50 per cent increase in hydro generation and a 20 per cent increase in wind output.

Scottish government 

Results for year to 30 June 2014

Scotland’s latest Annual Population Survey, which provides headline estimates on employment, unemployment and economic activity in the country’s local labour markets, has been published

Scottish government 

Donald Trump golf clubhouse at Menie approved

Plans for a new clubhouse at Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf course at Menie have been approved.

BBC News 

Developers win Solwaybank wind farm appeal

Renewable energy firm RES has won its appeal against the refusal of plans for a 15-turbine wind farm at Solwaybank near the border with England originally refused by Dumfries and Galloway Council over seismic and radar concerns.

BBC News 

Wind farm will kill golden eagles, say protesters

Environmentalists have warned that a proposed 24-turbine wind farm earmarked for a site between Loch Rannoch and Loch Ericht could kill golden eagles and have an adverse effect on other wildlife.

The Scotsman 

Consultation on affordable housing plans to begin

The first in a series of public consultations on proposals for new affordable housing developments in Aberdeen has begun. The authority is leading on the development of 1,026 affordable homes on council-owned sites.

Aberdeen City Council