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Scotland round-up: Key infrastructure funding boosts Ravenscraig development; Natural capital on the up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 6 April-12 April, 2019

Key infrastructure funding boosts Ravenscraig development

The councils involved in the Glasgow Region City Deal have agreed to expenditure of about £70 million on a package of crucial transport measures to improve the infrastructure serving the area around the Ravenscraig site in North Lanarkshire.

The Planner

Natural capital on the up

Scotland's natural capital – air, water and land – is now officially increasing for the first time and delivering stronger benefits to people and businesses across the country than in the previous two decades, Scottish Natural Heritage has reported.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Historic towns funding fillip

A £4.4 million funding boost for regeneration projects in Scotland’s historic heartlands of Inverkeithing, Hawick, Lochgilphead and Mauchline has been announced by Historic Environment Scotland.

Historic Environment Scotland

Edinburgh Marina makes progress

Edinburgh Marina has confirmed to The Planner that Marine Scotland has approved a licence that means work can start on the company’s 373-berth facility at Granton’s Western Harbour, some 3.2 kilometres from the heart of the capital.

Edinburgh Marina

Fife backs new housing for Guardbridge

A hundred affordable homes are set to be delivered in Guardbridge as part of the expansion of the Fife village approved by the planning authority. It will see developer Persimmon Homes North Scotland build 335 houses and flats on two fields on the western edge of the village between the A91 and Seggie Farm.

Scottish Housing News

Distilleries set for revamp

Plans to revamp the visitor experiences at Cardhu and Clynelish distilleries have been formally submitted to the relevant local authorities, Moray and the Highland Councils respectively, as part of the multimillion-pound Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky investment programme.

Scottish Construction Now

Islands Plan consultation

Public consultation has begun to help shape the country’s first national Islands Plan, a draft of which will be published later this year.

Scottish Government

Aberdeen block switches from hotel to homes

A developer with permission to convert a disused Aberdeen office block into a 105-bedroom hotel has won approval to turn the property into 46 flats instead.

Scottish Construction Now

Depopulation threat for Dumfries and Galloway?

Dumfries and Galloway, one of the largest regions in Scotland, faces the possibility of serious depopulation after 55 per cent of young people who took part in a poll said they intended to leave the area.

The Scotsman

MSPs probe empty homes

The extent of empty homes and how these can be brought back into use is to be investigated by Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee.

Scottish Parliament

More National Parks urged

Campaigners have renewed calls for more national parks to be created in Scotland as celebrations kicked off to mark 70 years since the passing of landmark legislation.

Glasgow Herald

Gorgie residents up in arms over student development

Residents in the Gorgie area of the capital remain fiercely opposed to revised proposals from retailer Scotmid to knock down its store in Gorgie Road and replace it with a new supermarket with 121 student flats above.

Edinburgh Evening News

Cockenzie land deal

East Lothian Council has reached agreement that less land at the former Cockenzie power station site will be used for onshore transmission works for an offshore wind farm and is now satisfied that most of the site will remain available for further development opportunities to boost the local economy.  

East Lothian Council

Landowner survey on community engagement

The Scottish Land Commission has begun a survey of landowners to explore how community engagement in decisions relating to land is currently undertaken.

Scottish Land Commission