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Scotland round-up: Landowner's charter, wind farms ruining views

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning stories in Scotland this week:13-18 September, 2014

Landowner's charter launched

A new “landowners charter” setting out a commitment to the principles and responsibilities of modern ownership has been launched by Scottish Land & Estates (SL&E).

The Planner

Wind farm near Ben Wyvis refused planning consent

Highland Council has refused planning permission for a 14-turbine wind farm about eight kilometres south west of Ben Wyvis, a Munro in Ross-shire. Developer PI Renewables wants to build the facility on the slopes of Carn Gorm, a hill near the mountain.

BBC News 

Wind turbines ‘ruin views in most of Scotland’

A map claiming to show that wind farms are visible from at least 60 per cent of Scotland has been drawn up by leading environment campaign group the John Muir Trust. Purple areas on the map represent areas where 125 metre high wind turbines are visible at a maximum distance of about 18 miles.

The Scotsman 

Edinburgh tram passengers at 1.5m in 100 days

Edinburgh’s trams have carried more than 1.5 million passengers in their first 100 days of operation – putting them on track to hit their first-year targets.

The Scotsman

Have your say on shaping Aberdeen city centre

The first in a series of public consultations designed to help shape a masterplan which will regenerate Aberdeen city centre is due shortly.

Aberdeen City Council website 

Quartermile chief changes hotel plan to more flats

Plans for a boutique hotel on the site of the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary have been ditched in favour of luxury flats by the developer behind the city’s massive Quartermile urban regeneration scheme.

The Scotsman 

Pentland Firth tidal energy project moves forward

The world’s largest tidal energy project – planned for Scottish waters – is making waves. Developer Atlantis has signed a 25-year seabed lease for the multi-million pound MeyGen scheme, which will be built in the Pentland Firth between Orkney and the Scottish mainland.MeyGen has also announced it has signed a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with energy firm SmartestEnergy.

BBC News