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Scotland round-up: Low-carbon infrastructure investment must increase; Plans to extend Edinburgh air pollution zone

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 22 August-28 August, 2015

Report urges 20 per cent more spend on low-carbon infrastructure

Investment in low-carbon infrastructure must rise by at least 20 per cent if Scotland is to meet its climate change targets, according to a report.

The Planner

Results from 2014 Scottish Household Survey announced

Most people in Scotland rate their neighbourhood as a good place to live, have access to the internet and engaged in some type of cultural activity in 2014, according to the wide-ranging 2014 Scottish Household Survey just published by the government.

Scottish Government 

Plans to extend Edinburgh’s air pollution zone

Plans to extend Edinburgh’s city centre air pollution zone by 3.5 km to the south and west of the city have been announced by the council.

BBC News

Councillors back hotel plan for near Ben Nevis

A new five-star luxury hotel could be built near Ben Nevis. A master plan for an area around Leanachan Forest also proposes suggests cabins, yurts and camping pods. Leanachan Forest lies between Spean Bridge and Fort William.

BBC News

Longannet power station taskforce makes new recovery plan

The newly formed Longannet taskforce will draw up an economic recovery plan to support workers, businesses and communities affected by the closure of the power plant in Fife. This will include proposals for the regeneration of the area.

BBC News

Pentland Hills park expansion opposition advised

Scottish Borders Council is being advised to oppose proposals to extend the Pentland Hills Regional Park into the Borders and South Lanarkshire.

BBC News 

Dubai prince plans four helipads at Highlands estate

One of the world’s richest men, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, is seeking to build four helicopter landing pads on his remote Highlands estate.

The Scotsman

Malcolm Fraser Architects goes into liquidation

Award-winning Edinburgh-based Malcolm Fraser Architects is in the hands of liquidators after its owner admitted he could not make the practice pay.

The Scotsman

£3m funding for Inverness announced

UK Scottish secretary David Mundell has confirmed £3 million of funding for Inverness during a meeting with Highland Council.

BBC News

Old Course Rusacks Hotel extension gets green light

Macdonald Hotels has been granted planning permission for a 44-suite extension to its Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews, overlooking the 18th green at the Old Course.

BBC News 

Carnoustie Dibble Tree set to be protected

A willow tree that is more than 200 years old is to be safeguarded by a tree preservation order - after an 18-year battle by residents in Angus.

BBC News

Findrassie masterplan approved by Moray councillors

Moray councillors have approved a master plan covering 112 hectares of land and proposing around 1,500 new homes and employment activities in a major northward expansion of Elgin over the next two decades.

The Moray Council

Council blocks demolition of Earthy restaurant

Edinburgh city councillors have rejected a developer’s bid to demolish a popular restaurant to make way for a “bland” block of flats at Canonmills Bridge.

The Scotsman