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Scotland round-up: Key change mooted to Scottish planning policy; Two Scottish growth deals get £50m

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 18 July-24 July, 2020

Key change mooted to Scottish planning policy

The Scottish Government has begun consulting on proposals to clarify certain parts of the Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) in respect of planning for housing.

The Planner

Two Scottish growth deals get £50m

Falkirk and the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland will separately benefit from up to £50 million of Scottish Government investment as part of regional growth deals.

The Planner

Slight decline in Scottish planning decisions

Scottish planning authorities decided 26,585 local development applications in 2019/20 – 789 fewer than the previous year.

The Planner

Stirling’s Craigforth Campus proposals make waves

The redevelopment of Craigforth Campus, a 50-hectare site on the edge of Stirling that is home to a Prudential Insurance office complex, is shaping up now that the Ambassador Group has proposed a new purpose-built office building on the north side of the campus. The masterplan prepared for the whole site includes a hotel, a distillery, residential development and leisure and retail activities.

Scottish Construction Now

Revised St Andrews student development 

Fife Council has received revised proposals for new student accommodation at Albany Park in St Andrews, which would mean 748 new bedrooms rather than the 1,000 announced last year.

Scottish Housing News

Green light for Govan Old Church initiative

Glasgow City Council has granted planning permission for a project to extend the Govan Old Church to use the A-listed building as an events venue and public space.

Scottish Construction Now

Go-ahead for Glasgow Passivhaus project

West of Scotland Housing Association has received the go-ahead from Glasgow City Council for its landmark Passivhaus social housing development in the city’s East End involving 36 flats.

Scottish Housing News

Princes Street hotel proposal

Edinburgh’s Princes Street looks set for another luxury hotel, thanks to an ambitious £50 million plan to redevelop the Debenhams store as a four-star hotel with a spa and rooftop bar as well as a city centre ‘hub’ with space for local businesses.

The Scotsman

Pioneering hydrogen plant for Kintyre?

Engineering company Wood has drawn up plans for a hydrogen plant at the Machrihanish airfield on the Kintyre Peninsula that could be used to produce what is billed as green hydrogen from water.

Glasgow Herald

Planning obligations review

The government has commissioned a team from the London School of Economics, University of Sheffield, Stefano Smith Planning, and Rettie & Co to undertake a review of the effectiveness of existing mechanisms (such as planning obligations) for securing contributions from developers towards infrastructure.

Scottish Housing News

Hopetoun Estate distillery scheme submitted

Proposals have been submitted for a new distillery on the historic Hopetoun Estate near the capital. The site is next to Midhope Castle, a 16th-century tower house that features in the hit TV series Outlander

Glasgow Herald

Regional land use partnership report

The Scottish Land Commission has published an interim report that will form the basis of advice to ministers on the creation of new regional land use partnerships.

Scottish Land Commission