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Scotland round-up: Key Aberdeenshire residential project takes shape; Floating wind farms to the fore

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 18 March-24 March, 2016

Key Aberdeenshire residential project takes shape

Proposals for a £150 million housing and retail development at Blackdog, in Aberdeenshire, have made significant progress.

The Planner

£23m for hydrogen cars

The government has announced a £23 million fund aimed at accelerating the take-up of hydrogen vehicles and roll out of more cutting-edge infrastructure.

The Planner

Floating wind farms to the fore

A floating demonstration wind farm off the Caithness coast near Dounreay has been given the green light by the Scottish Government.

Scottish Government

Moor wind farm approval advised near Grantshouse

A council is being advised to approve plans for eight wind turbines on moorland in the Borders.

BBC News

£7.3m in funding for new green infrastructure projects

Scottish Natural Heritage has awarded £3 million to five projects that aim to improve local green space in some of the most deprived areas in Scotland.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Artworks plan for Princes St Gardens makeover

A vast public art trail would be created in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle under plans put forward by the trust spearheading efforts to transform Princes Street Gardens.

The Scotsman

Building plans secure £10m in lottery funding

Ten communities are to share lottery funding of more than £10 million for a range of “innovative and ambitious” projects. Schemes in East Lothian, Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Bute, Fife, Edinburgh, Glasgow and South Lanarkshire will benefit.

BBC News

Residents continue to be satisfied with life in the capital

The City of Edinburgh Council’s annual study, the largest of its kind in the UK, has suggested that 94 per cent  of the 5,226 respondents are satisfied with the city as a place to live.

The City of Edinburgh Council

Superfast broadband extended

Increased superfast broadband coverage for homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dumfries and Galloway, Perth and Kinross, Scottish Borders and Stirling has been announced.

Scottish Government

First building confirmed for Magenta business park

Work is set to start at Magenta, Glasgow’s new satellite business district, after project costs for the development’s first building were approved by the board of Clyde Gateway.

The Scotsman

Campaigners call on Trump rival to rethink Highland course

Conservationists have called for a rethink of plans by a US billionaire to turn “an irreplaceable natural jewel” in the Highlands – the 18-hole course at Coul Links in Sutherland – into a world-class championship golf course.

The Scotsman

£40m residential conversion planned for former Scottish Power HQ

Detailed plans have been lodged for a £40 million conversion of the former Scottish Power headquarters in Cathcart, Glasgow.

Scottish Construction Now