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Scotland round-up: Loch Lomond resort plans tweaked; MSPs warned Scotland planning bill is ‘unworkable’

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 20 April-26 April, 2019

Loch Lomond resort plans tweaked

The developers behind controversial proposals for a £30 million holiday resort on Loch Lomond at Balloch have submitted revisions to the masterplan for the scheme – now renamed Lomond Banks – to the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

The Planner

MSPs warned Scotland planning bill is ‘unworkable’

RTPI Scotland has urged MSPs to drop ‘unfunded additional duties’ in the Planning (Scotland) Bill ahead of its stage 3 debate.

The Planner

Crowdfunding initiative awarded RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup

Plymouth City Council’s pioneering community infrastructure initiative, one which embraces crowdfunding technology, has taken the top prize at this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

Thumbs up for Edinburgh concert hall

The first concert hall in Edinburgh for more than 100 years is set to be built now that councillors have approved the £45 million project.

Edinburgh Evening News

Glasgow infrastructure initiative

A revised Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) scheme that could pave the way for the enabling infrastructure necessary to kick-start new development in Glasgow city centre has been approved by the city council. It will be used in the development of grade A office space and other uses in a scheme earmarked for the former Queen Street Station car park on North Hanover Street.

Glasgow City Council

Dunoon developments

Ambitious proposals are taking shape to revitalise the fading resort of Dunoon on the Firth of Clyde with mountain biking, a zip-wire, an alpine coaster and a cable car.

Glasgow Herald

Arran affordable homes bid

Campaigners on the island of Arran are hoping to be the first community organisation in Scotland to use government funds to build dozens of affordable homes for local workers.

Scottish Housing News

Capital planners back floating hotels

Proposals to allow five boats to be used as floating hotels on Edinburgh’s Union Canal look set to be approved by the city council, whose planners are backing the project despite considerable local opposition.

Edinburgh Evening News    

Forth bridges look to boost visitors

A new ‘Welcome Hub’, a viewing platform 100 metres in the sky and virtual reality tours are among the ideas in a new 10-year strategy to boost visitor numbers at the iconic Forth bridges.

Edinburgh Evening News

Island tunnels mooted

A Western Isles MP has suggested a way to permanently connect Scotland’s islands to the mainland and each other – by building a network of road tunnels.

Glasgow Herald

Capital contributions

The government is consulting on correspondence from Edinburgh City Council on its supplementary guidance on developer contributions and infrastructure delivery.

Scottish Government

Moths in decline

Moth numbers have declined over the past 25 years while their distribution has increased, shows the latest research from Scottish Natural Heritage.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Glasgow housing scheme

Plans have been unveiled for a development of around 350 new homes in Robroyston, Glasgow. They have been proposed by Taylor Wimpey West Scotland along with its development partner Caledonian Properties Ltd.

Scottish Housing News

Infrastructure initiatives

The Scottish Futures Trust, the government’s independent centre of infrastructure expertise, has published its latest five-year corporate and business plan setting out how it will prioritise bringing public and private sector partners together, with a focus on infrastructure and innovative financing to unlock the potential of places and assets.

Scottish Futures Trust

More Scots

Scotland’s population has continued to increase and now stands at a record high of 5.44 million, according to statistics published by the National Records of Scotland.

Scottish Government

Green light for Islay distillery revamp

Diageo's Islay whisky distillery visitor centre project has got the go ahead from Argyll and Bute Council.

Glasgow Herald