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Scotland round-up: Key milestone for north-east Scotland LDPs; Scotland’s heat network initiative

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 29 February-6 March, 2020

Key milestone for north-east Scotland LDPs 

Development plan-making in north-east Scotland reached a significant stage this week with both Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council formally endorsing their respective latest local development plans (LDP).

The Planner

Scotland’s heat network initiative

Scotland is set to be the first country in the UK to legislate on the development of heat networks to help meet climate change targets and tackle fuel poverty.

The Planner

Urban dwellers ‘want more investment in cycling’

Residents of major urban areas in the UK want more investment in cycling and walking, according to a report spearheaded by national charity Sustrans.

The Planner

Gorbals development plans submitted

Urban Union has submitted proposals for the third phase of a development in the Gorbals area of Glasgow that involves 349 dwellings, a mixed-use ground floor along the site’s primary edge, and the final section of a civic park for the neighbourhood.

Scottish Housing News

Capital housing for Gorgie Road

Kiltane Developments has submitted plans to Edinburgh City Council to replace warehousing at a backlands site off the capital’s Gorgie Road with 217 student beds and 59 flats.

Scottish Housing News

Distillery developments

Proposals for Scotland’s most northerly mainland whisky distillery, located at John O’Groats, have received the green light and close to £200,000 in funding. Separately, plans to build a distillery at Port Ellen on the Isle of Islay moved a step closer after Elixir Distillers submitted a revised application to Argyll & Bute Council.  

The Scotsman and Scottish Construction Now

Green light for Forth Bridge project

Councillors have approved plans for a Forth Bridge visitor centre and bridge walk.

BBC News

Borders land deal agreed

The Buccleuch Estate, one of Scotland’s biggest landowners, has agreed a “historic” transfer deal involving a Borders village. It will see a sports pitch, golf course and show fields passed to a community trust in Newcastleton.

BBC News

Funding for Mull homes

Funding of more than £770,000 has been awarded to the Mull and Iona Community Trust to build family homes for social rent in Ulva Ferry on the Island of Mull.

Scottish Housing News

Manufacturing centre gets the go-ahead

Renfrewshire Council has granted its approval for a £65 million manufacturing centre of expertise next to Glasgow Airport. It will include a skills academy and industry-led research and development facilities.

BBC News

Tunnel to Northern Ireland not bridge, says SoS

The UK government is investigating the possibility of digging a tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland, Scottish secretary Alister Jack has confirmed to MSPs.

BBC News