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Scotland round-up: Major business park at Elgin takes shape; Scottish Power warns over survival of Scotland's onshore wind

Words: Roger Milne
A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 29 October-4 November, 2016

Major business park at Elgin takes shape

Moray Council has approved a strategic framework for the development of a 30-hectare business park to the east of Elgin, adjoining the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness strategic route.

The Planner

Aberdeen City Council launches and prices a bond issue of £370m

Aberdeen City Council has launched a bond issue worth £370 million that will help secure investment in the city to deliver its ambitious capital and infrastructure programme. 

Aberdeen City Council

Scottish Power warns over survival of Scotland's onshore wind

One of Scotland's biggest energy companies has warned that onshore wind development north of the Border will come to a standstill if the UK government does not offer an urgent commitment to its future.

BBC News

Committee to scrutinise Scottish Government’s broadband and forestry spending

The Scottish Government’s financial commitment to delivery of superfast broadband access to all Scottish premises by 2021 and the implications of the decrease in Forestry Commission budgets are under scrutiny by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee.

Scottish Parliament

Segregated cycle routes on road to success

A new national taskforce is being set up to develop cycling infrastructure

Scottish Government

Dundee’s V&A passes major construction milestone as upper floor complete

The V&A’s ambitious £80 million Dundee museum project has reached a major milestone with completion of the upper floor reveals for the first time an extensive public area which will house galleries, learning spaces and a restaurant.

The Scotsman

Remote St Kilda military site to be redeveloped

New military facilities are to be built on the uninhabited island of Hirta in the remote St Kilda archipelago.

BBC News

Free WiFi for city centre in time for Christmas

Free WiFi will be in place across Edinburgh city centre by late November, city chiefs have promised – paving the way for high-speed internet access 24 hours a day in time for Christmas.

Edinburgh Evening News

New bowling centre planned for Stranraer waterfront 

An international six-rink indoor bowling centre is to be built as part of the proposed £50 million Stranraer Waterfront development.

The Galloway Gazette

Former fabrication yard at Ardersier sold for £5m

A former oil and gas industry fabrication yard at Ardersier near Inverness which has permission to be used for offshore wind farm development has been sold.
BBC News

Kilrubie wind farm appeal dropped

An energy company has dropped its planning appeal over refusal of its proposed wind farm at Eddleston near Peebles in the Scottish Borders in light of approval for 18 turbines at a nearby site.

BBC News

Groups join forces to call for changes to planning system over ‘loss of confidence’

Two of East Lothian’s conservation watchdogs have joined forces to call for changes to the planning system, which is “letting down communities”.

East Lothian Courier

Plans to bring 11,000 new homes in £1bn investment 

An ambitious plan to bring 11,000 new homes to North Lanarkshire over the next decade will boost the economy by £1 billion, it has been announced.

Daily Record

Feasibility study on 2,000 new houses launched 

Aberdeen City Council has agreed to take forward a feasibility study to build 2,000 new council houses in the city by 2022.

Scottish Housing News

Developers downsize Royal High hotel plan

Plans to turn the old Royal High School into a hotel have been scaled back by developers in a bid to win planning permission following the rejection of original proposals for the A-listed Calton Hill building last year.

BBC News

Glasgow Academy science block wins best new Scottish building award

A new science and technology block that was constructed for a private school in Glasgow has been awarded the Best Building in Scotland prize for 2016 awarded by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

BBC News