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Scotland round-up: Large residential schemes make waves in Edinburgh; Fife approves strategy for 3,500 affordable homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 7 April-13 April, 2018

Large residential schemes make waves in Scottish capital

Applications for two major residential developments in central Edinburgh have been submitted to the city council.

The Planner

Landscape Institute calls for green belt review

Green belt policy should be addressing issues such as flood risk and air pollution, as well as biodiversity enhancement, according to the Landscape Institute.

The Planner

Deal agreed for £250m Glasgow regeneration project

An agreement between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and housebuilder Keepmoat Homes will see more than 800 homes delivered at the Sighthill Transformation Regeneration Area in the city.

The Planner

Lichfields to deliver masterplan near Edinburgh Airport

The transformation of land adjacent to Edinburgh Airport will see Lichfields’ Edinburgh office deliver the masterplan and permissions for the site.

The Planner (News in brief)

Scottish planning awards open for entries

The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2018 are now open for entries, the Scottish Government has announced.

The Planner (News in brief)

Fife approves strategy for 3,500 affordable homes

Fife Council has given final approval to its latest affordable housing programme, which will see 3,500 new affordable homes built in the area by 2022, including 1,500 council houses.

Scottish Construction Now

Loch Lomond leisure scheme in prospect

Controversial proposals for a £30 million leisure resort, including an indoor water park, spa and 60-bed hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond, are expected to be submitted for national park authority planning approval by the end of the month.

The Scotsman

Uist Gaelic centre project

A planning application for a £7 million Gaelic music, dance and cultural centre in Uist, has been submitted to the Western Isles Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Canal maintenance concerns

Major Scottish canals re-opened after decades of dereliction at a cost of £80 million could revert to ‘stagnant ditches’ because of lack of maintenance, boaters fear.

The Scotsman

Energy upgrade for Edinburgh’s listed Canongate development

Conservation charity Edinburgh World Heritage has launched an innovative new project to improve the energy efficiency of the post Second World War Canongate housing development, as well as undertaking vital conservation work on the architecturally important B-listed buildings in the capital’s Old Town.

Scottish Housing News

Tapping into Glasgow’s underground hot water source

Scientists believe a labyrinth of disused mines underneath Glasgow could hold the key to heating the city’s homes in future.

Glasgow Herald

Community backing for fish farms on Staffin

A remote island community has backed plans for two controversial organic salmon fish farms at a popular beauty spot on Staffin that could see more than 50 jobs created, and directly benefit the residents by £140,000 a year.

Glasgow Herald

MSPs concerned over new water treatment safety

Scottish Water chiefs are to face a grilling from MSPs over a new treatment system for drinking supplies amid concerns over the impact on public health.

The Scotsman

More national parks needed?

Proposals for two new national parks in the south of Scotland, and the possibility of a new Argyll and Islands National Park, will be discussed at a conference organised by the Scottish Campaign for National Parks due to be held in Stirling on 20 April.

Glasgow Herald

Sturgeon embroiled in power sector planning row

First minster Nicola Sturgeon, currently in China, is embroiled in a political and planning row over the administration’s decision to call-in proposals for an electricity sub-station needed for the proposed Inch Cape offshore wind farm, earmarked for a site off the Angus coast and which is owned by Red Rock Power, a subsidiary of China’s largest state-owned investment fund.

The Scotsman

Dracula castle in Aberdeenshire listed

Slains Castle, the Aberdeenshire landmark thought to have inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula, has been awarded listed status by Historic Environment Scotland.

Historic Environment Scotland

Cockenzie power station site proposed for cruise liner terminal

The site of the former Cockenzie power station, now owned by East Lothian Council, has been proposed as a new cruise liner terminal to attract thousands of tourists.

Edinburgh Evening News