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Scotland round-up: Leith scheme revised to include less housing; RTPI Scotland helps found new alliance to lobby for planning

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 23 September-29 September, 2017

Leith scheme revised to include less housing

The Leith area of the Scottish capital has been earmarked for more than 300 new homes as part of a revised scheme.

The Planner

RTPI Scotland helps found new alliance to lobby for planning

RTPI Scotland has become a founding member of a new group to lobby ministers, MSPs and officials on behalf of the planning sector.

The Planner

Energy firm calls for onshore wind to meet demand from electric cars

Politicians must support the development of onshore wind farms in Scotland to meet the anticipated massive growth in electric cars – and to hit carbon reduction targets.

The Planner

Scottish household survey published

A third of adult Scots now live alone, according to the latest Scottish Household Survey, which also highlighted that 83 per cent of the population live in urban areas.

Scottish Government

Delivering houses for Angus

More than 600 new homes will be built by Angus Council and local housing associations in the county over the next five years, with the support of a £25 million Scottish Government funding package.

Angus Council

Scotland plans for new wave of Scandi-style wooden homes

A new generation of Scandinavian-style wooden homes is being planned for Scotland as the government presses on with its plan to plant up to 26.5 million more trees every year.

The Scotsman

CAA suspends Edinburgh Airport flight path review

A Civil Aviation Authority review of proposed changes to Edinburgh Airport's flight paths has been halted.

BBC News

Thenue to give new lease of life to historic Glasgow building

An iconic Glasgow building is to be transformed into new homes for rent in a £9.3 million housing boost for the east end.

Scottish Housing News

Gilston Hill wind farm site faces second rejection

Councillors have been advised to refuse plans for a wind farm on the same site on land north-west of Gilston Farm, near Heriot, the Borders, as an earlier scheme previously rejected by the Scottish Government.

BBC News

One of Scotland’s rarest plant threatens to derail new fish farm

A controversial fish farm planned for the Sound of Jura faces being sunk after one of Scotland’s rarest plants was found on the seabed.

Herald Scotland

Hebridean community of Ulva bids for right to buy island

A small Hebridean community is calling on the Scottish Government to give people a chance to buy Ulva, an island off the west coast of Mull.

The Scotsman

Secret government report suggests £3bn A9 upgrade will harm rail freight

The plan to make the A9 between Perth and Inverness dual carriageway will damage prospects for moving freight from road to rail, according to an expert study for the administration.

Herald Scotland

Recycling for the future

Projects that are increasing recycling rates, reducing emissions, and reusing resources are to receive a share of £8.4 million funding from the government.

Scottish Government

Building round-up

Two huge poultry buildings, which could house 64,000 hens between them, have been recommended for approval in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Construction Now

Making more of Scotland’s land

The devolved administration has published what it claims is a ‘world first’ statement on land rights and responsibilities.

Scottish Government

Support for housing

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has announced £90,000 to support pilot projects to assist people wanting to build their own homes with a new Challenge Fund.

Scottish Government

Scotland set for record year of renewable electricity generation

Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable electricity generation, suggest official figures from the UK Government.

The Scotsman