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15/07/2016

Scotland round-up: IT task force to improve information management in development planning; £250m farmland village in pipeline for west of capital

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 9 July-15 July, 2016

IT task force to improve information management in development planning

The Scottish Government has confirmed that it will appoint an IT task force to improve information management in development planning and development management.

The Planner

New PM announces communities secretary in cabinet reshuffle

The UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed new communities, transport and energy secretaries in a cabinet reshuffle.

The Planner

Highlanders back plans for largest community buyout in Scottish history

What would be the country’s largest-ever community buyout has been proposed for some 48,560 hectares of land in Lochaber currently owned by aluminum smelter operator Rio Tinto.

Press and Journal 

£250m farmland village in pipeline for west of capital

Ambitious plans are being drawn up to create a new village on farmland to the west of Edinburgh, it has emerged.

Edinburgh Evening News 

Wind farm decisions

The government has approved two new wind farms in the Scottish Borders but refused a third.

Scottish Government

Tourism figures published

Domestic tourists spent more than £200 million in visits to Scotland in the last year, an increase of 8 per cent on the previous year, according to the latest statistics.

Scottish Government

Edinburgh regeneration application submitted

The first phase of Edinburgh’s £200 million India Quay development has now been submitted for detailed planning consent.

Herald Scotland 

Rangers legend Ally McCoist in bid to build £1m mansion

Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist has applied to Renfrewshire Council to demolish a dilapidated house on his street and build a £1 million mansion in its place.

Herald Scotland 

Largest community land buyout in the works to save Lochaber smelter

The largest community land buyout in Scotland is being planned for the Highlands and could help to safeguard the future of a vital metal works that has brought prosperity to the area.

The Times 

£13m affordable homes plan for Aberdeen gets go-ahead

Plans for a large affordable housing development are to go ahead with a £13 million investment.

Evening Express

156 new homes will be built on the outskirts of Cumnock

A major housing development is going ahead on the outskirts of Cumnock — a year after a proposal for 299 homes was knocked back.

Cumnock Chronicle 

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