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Scotland round-up: Leith housing scheme lives to fight another day; Dumbarton regeneration has created over 700 jobs

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 4 November-10 November, 2017

Leith housing scheme lives to fight another day despite thumbs-down from officials

A controversial major housing-led mixed-use scheme proposed for a key brownfield site in Edinburgh, recommended for refusal by officials, has won a stay of execution.

The Planner

Rail feasibility studies

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that feasibility studies have been commissioned to identify options for improvements, including new stations, on the east and west coast rail corridors south of Dunbar towards Newcastle and between Glasgow and Carstairs.

Scottish Government

Dumbarton regeneration

Dumbarton’s privately funded Lomondgate regeneration project has created 718 full-time equivalent jobs and generated £365 million for the local economy since it launched a decade ago, according to an economic assessment compiled by consultants Peter Brett Associates.        

Glasgow Herald

Funding boost for East Ayrshire transformation

A group behind plans to transform the former mining heartland of East Ayrshire, a 250-square kilometre area currently scarred by bings and spoil heaps, is in line to receive a £2.56 million National Lottery funding boost.

BBC News

Fort William car wheel factory proposals

A full application for a 31,300-square metre factory making alloy car wheels and employing 400 people at a site next to the existing aluminium smelter at Lochaber, near Fort William, has been submitted to Highland Council by GFG Alliance.

GFG Alliance

South Ayrshire housing strategy

South Ayrshire Council is to work with partners to build approximately 1,000 new social houses over the next five years, according to its latest Strategic Housing Investment Plan.

South Ayrshire Council

New Culloden planning skirmish

Battle lines have been drawn once again over land at Culloden after a developer returned with a fresh plan to develop the site at Viewhill Farm with 16 new homes.

The Scotsman

Green groups oppose Sutherland golf project

A group of six conservation organisations has formally lodged a joint objection to a proposed luxury golf course development to be located on the Coul Links in Sutherland.

The Scotsman

Trump course status review

The special scientific status of the area where Donald Trump built his golf course in Aberdeenshire is under review, it has emerged.

BBC News

Hawick wind farm blown away by councillors

Plans for a 12-turbine wind farm near the site of an ancient hill fort close to Hawick in the Borders have been rejected by councillors against the advice of officials.

BBC News

Second time lucky for Borders waste scheme

Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee has approved amended proposals for a waste transfer station near Galashiels after previously rejecting its own council’s £5.5 million project.

BBC News

Community project funding boost

Communities across the central belt can bring environmental and health benefits to their areas by bidding for a share of a fund worth up to £400,000 designed to bankroll projects promoting active travel, woodland planting, community growing and restoring land.

Scottish Government

Aberdeen transport plans published

Two reports that look at improving road and rail transport links north of Aberdeen have been published and are under consideration by local politicians.


Revised proposals for hotel near Glencoe

Revised plans have been drawn up as part of a proposed refurbishment of a landmark hotel on Rannoch Moor near Glen Coe following widespread objections to the project.

BBC News

Spend more on walking and cycling support, urge Greens

The Scottish government should dedicate at least 10 per cent of its transport budget on walking and cycling, Green MSPs have urged.

The Scotsman

Affordable housing funding success

More than £15 million for affordable housing projects across the country has been raised through an innovative funding scheme, which is supporting the development of more than 200 homes for social rent, the administration has highlighted.  

Scottish Government

Top design award for Dunfermline scheme

The Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries has scooped the UK’s richest architecture prize – the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2017.

Scottish Construction Now

Leave of absence for top planner in capital

Edinburgh City Council has confirmed that its planning committee chairman Lewis Ritchie has taken a ‘leave of absence’ from his duties for health reasons.

The Scotsman

Skye forestry asset transfer

A community organisation in Skye has become the first to acquire land under a new government-backed scheme to transfer publicly owned forestry assets to the benefit of local communities.

Scottish Government

Fewer North Lanarkshire homes

The developer behind the landmark EuroPark project in North Lanarkshire, earmarked for a site off the M8, has scaled back the housing plans.

Scottish Housing News

2,500 new affordable homes for the Highlands

Highland Council has pledged to approve 500 affordable housing units each year for the next five years.

Scottish Housing News

Argyll and Bute affordable homes drive

Argyll and Bute Council has revealed plans to build more than 760 new affordable homes in the next five years.

Scottish Housing News

Self-build loan fund

A new £4 million self-build loan fund offering financial backing to people who want to build their own homes will be available from next year, housing minister Kevin Stewart has confirmed following a successful pilot in the Highlands.

Scottish Government

Marine centre torpedoed

Plans to transform the Scottish Seabird Centre’s existing premises into a £6.2 million national marine centre have been rejected by East Lothian Council because the project would have a detrimental impact on the local area.

Scottish Construction Now

‘In demand’ Edinburgh needs more expansion and infrastructure investment

A report by property agent Savills has suggested that Scotland's capital must develop beyond its boundaries to meet expected tourism and commerce growth – though it admits findings are contingent on a ‘soft’ Brexit.

Edinburgh Business Forum