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Scotland round-up: Land legislation consultation, Aberdeen bypass

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 29 November-5 December, 2014

Radical land legislation consultation launched

Under government proposals now out for consultation companies would not be allowed to own land in Scotland unless they are registered within the European Union.

The Planner 

Aberdeen bypass to finish early

The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty will be completed ahead of schedule in winter 2017, says Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities.

Aberdeen City Council 

£1bn Dundee revamp ‘will mirror ‘70s oil boom’

The £1 billion project to overhaul Dundee’s waterfront is being touted as the city’s equivalent of the 1970s oil boom for Aberdeen.

The Scotsman 

Zero Waste project moves forward with plan to process household rubbish

The preferred bidder to build a state-of-the-art resource for processing household rubbish at a site next to the Millerhill Marshalling Yard in Midlothian has been announced by Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian.

The City of Edinburgh Council 

Unite gets approval for Aberdeen student project

Student accommodation specialist Unite has received planning approval for its £20 million project involving the redevelopment of a listed former school to provide accommodation for nearly 400 students.

The Scotsman 

Hundreds more affordable homes planned

The Scottish Government is investing £25 million next year in charitable bonds that could lead to up to 450 affordable homes being built, social justice secretary Alex Neil has confirmed.

Scottish Government 

Unesco City award for Dundee

Dundee has been named the UK's first City of Design by UNESCO.

BBC News 

Four in 10 empty shops in Scotland vacant for years

Nearly 40 per cent of empty shops in Scotland have been vacant for more than three years, reveals an investigation into the country’s retail industry.

The Scotsman 

Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2013-2014

Scotland's chief statistician has published an update of the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2013-2014 with the latest available settlement population figures and drive-time estimates. 

Scottish Government 

MSP feels heat after climate change targets missed

The Scottish government’s progress in living up to its ambitious climate change legislation has come under fire from MSPs after annual targets were repeatedly missed.

The Scotsman 

Superfast subsea links ready to revolutionise way of life on Scottish Islands

Digital Scotland is celebrating the completion of a once-in-a-generation subsea telecoms project which brings faster fibre broadband another step closer for many of Scotland’s most remote communities.

Scottish Government 

£177m Scottish incinerator plant gets green light

Environmental company Viridor’s new £177 million energy-from-waste plant at a site near Dunbar has been given the stamp of approval.

The Scotsman 

University of Aberdeen floats £100m energy centre plans

Proposals for a £100 million energy research centre have been announced by the University of Aberdeen.

BBC News