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Scotland round-up: Key new island council legislation in prospect in Scotland; Sturgeon commits £10m to local climate change action

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 18 February-24 February, 2017

Key new island council legislation in prospect in Scotland

Legislation handing more powers to Scotland’s three island councils is expected to pass through the Scottish Parliament in May, following a four-year campaign for greater recognition of remote communities.

The Planner

Sturgeon commits £10m to local climate change action

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that 100 organisation across Scotland are to benefit from £10 million of funding to support local action to tackle climate change.

The Planner

Glasgow to benefit from housing fund

The Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council have committed to a £34 million funding package for housing improvements in Govanhill, south Glasgow.

The Planner

The EIA Regulations are changing – what does this mean for you?

What do you need to know about the forthcoming revised EIA regulations and how the stages of the development planning project process are likely to be affected? That's the topic of the latest webinar from The Planner.

The Planner

RTPI’s Planning Horizons launched in Hungarian

The RTPI’s forward-thinking, long-term policy series – Planning Horizons – was launched in the Hungarian language today (24 February) at a conference in Budapest.


Council to consider business case for Bowling redevelopment

Plans to redevelop a former oil terminal in West Dunbartonshire have moved forward this week. The £28 million project includes proposals for a major industrial and commercial development on 31 hectares of the former 75ha Exxon Mobil site in Bowling as well as a new A82 link road.

BBC News

Commitment to regeneration

Scotland’s largest regeneration project, Clyde Gateway, has been awarded a £1 million loan from the Scottish Government’s SPRUCE (Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres) fund.

Scottish Government

Craigpark Quarry near Ratho to be turned into surfing lake

Plans for a multimillion-pound artificial surfing lake on the outskirts of Edinburgh near Ratho have been unveiled.

BBC News

Planned £93m fish feed plant on Skye approved

Fish farming company Marine Harvest’s plan for a fish-feed factory on the site of an old quarry at Kyleakin on Skye has been approved by Highland councillors.

BBC News

Mallaig Harbour sets out plans for £90m upgrade

Proposals have been outlined for £90 million transformation of Mallaig Harbour in a bid to increase ferry services and accommodate larger vessels. The blueprint would also involve multi-use space for education and business.

The Scotsman

Areas of oil and gas off Scotland ‘may have been missed’

Geologists say there could be reserves of oil and gas in areas around Scotland's coast that have previously been dismissed.

BBC News

Royal High hotel developers in furious attack on officials

Developers behind controversial plans to turn Edinburgh’s former Royal High School into a luxury hotel have slammed critics of the project as they unveiled a revised and scaled-back proposal

The Scotsman

Hotel plan to create hundreds more jobs at BHS site

A hotel and rooftop restaurant promising “tremendous views” of the capital which is set to replace Edinburgh’s now-defunct BHS store is expected to create hundreds more jobs than originally forecast.

Herald Scotland

Work on £115m transformation of Glasgow street to begin

Work will start this summer on a major transformation of Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street that will see the creation of a tree-lined avenue in the pedestrian precinct.

Herald Scotland

Catalent Pharma Solutions plans up to 60 jobs in Bathgate

Pharmaceutical development company Catalent Pharma Solutions has announced plans to create up to 60 jobs as it expands its Bathgate facility in West Lothian.

BBC News

Scotland’s buses ‘in chaos’ as passenger total slumps

The union Unite says Scotland’s bus services are in chaos after official figures showed journeys had dropped by 80 million in eight years to a near record low. 

The Scotsman

Hundreds of new bike racks on their way to Edinburgh 

Hundreds of cycle racks are to be installed across the capital as part of a continuing effort to make life easier for those getting around on two wheels.

Edinburgh Evening News 

Aberdeenshire councillors recommend refusal of Dons stadium 

Aberdeen Football Club’s plan to build a £50 million stadium to the west of the city has been opposed by a group of Aberdeenshire Council members.

The Scotsman

Celtic FC unveils plans for hotel

Celtic Football Club has unveiled plans for a hotel and museum complex next to their stadium.

BBC News

Floating turbines project approved by councillors

A plan to two floating wind turbines off the north Caithness coast has been approved by Highland councillors.

BBC News

Council awards design contract for Govan-Partick bridge

Glasgow City Council has appointed global engineering consultancy CH2M Hill to undertake the design of a new pedestrian/cycle bridge between Govan and Partick.

Glasgow City Council

Aberdeen aims to lead the way in tackling air pollution

The first step towards creating so-called low emission zones in Aberdeen has been taken, with city councillors voting in favour of exploring the feasibility of creating zones throughout the city.

Aberdeen City Council

Firm in Donald Trump row aims to expand wind farm

Vattenfall, the power company behind the planned offshore wind farm near Aberdeen which outraged Donald Trump, has proposed a 16-turbine expansion of its Clashindarroch Wind Farm in Aberdeenshire – operational since 2015.

Herald Scotland

UK waste and recycling infrastructure ‘in limbo’ amid fall in planning applications (subscription) 

Planning applications for ‘green’ waste and recycling sites fall for second year running, according to data compiled by law firm EMW.

Business Green