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Scotland round-up: Islands boosted by greater powers; Ageing households on the up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 7 July-13 July, 2018

Scottish islands boosted by greater powers

New legislation has been enacted which will confer greater powers on the councils in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

The Planner

‘Setback’ for planning apprenticeship degree

The Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group has received confirmation that its appeal to overturn the decision by the Institute for Apprenticeships not to approve the Level 7 Chartered Town Planner Apprentice Standard has been rejected.

The Planner

Ageing households on the up

Latest statistics published by the National Records of Scotland suggested that the number of households in Scotland is projected to rise by 317,000 between 2016 and 2041, with households headed by someone aged 70 or over expected to increase by 58 per cent, compared with an increase of just 2 per cent for those under 70.

Scottish Government

Fracking fracas

SNP ministers have been accused of an ‘erratic and nonsensical’ approach to fracking after extending a key exploration licence despite previously claiming to have banned the process in Scotland.

Glasgow Herald

Affordable housing boosted by EIB funding

Wheatley Group has unveiled £185 million of new funding from the European Investment Bank to help build and improve thousands of affordable homes across Scotland.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow deprivation tally

Glasgow has the 10 most deprived areas in Britain, a new study has found.

Glasgow Herald

Tartan Angel of the North touted

Scotland’s answer to the Angel of the North could be built near the Forth bridges, under a businessman’s plans to revive Edinburgh’s neglected waterfront.

The Scotsman

Revitalising initiative for Hawick and Galashiels

A year-long pilot project is being proposed to try to 'revitalise and reinvigorate' two Borders town centres: Hawick and Galashiels

BBC News

Ayrshire wind farm approved

Developer E.ON has welcomed approval for a scaled-down wind farm near the Southern Upland Way, near Carsphairn in East Ayrshire.

BBC News

Edinburgh West End projects

Proposals to transform an office block in the West End of the capital into a new 157-room hotel complex have been submitted to the city council as the owners of the former House of Fraser store in the same area reveal the property is likely to become offices.

Edinburgh Evening News and The Scotsman

Dundee rail station and mixed-use developments

Dundee’s new £38 million railway station officially opened its doors for the first time this week, as proposals emerged for a mixed-use flat-led scheme in the city centre.

Dundee City Council and Scottish Housing News

Bird life back in Outer Hebrides following mink purge

Terns, waders, divers and ducks are ‘flocking back’ to their native Outer Hebrides, following the success of a complex and challenging 17-year programme led by Scottish Natural Heritage to eradicate the American mink and its devastating effect on native wildlife.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Regional policy post-Brexit

The Highlands & Islands European Partnership has launched a position paper exploring the options for regional policy once access to EU structural funds comes to an end.

The Highland Council

Dundee names new director of city development

Dundee City Council has announced the appointment of Robin Presswood, from Fife Council, as its new executive director of city development.

Dundee City Council