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21/08/2020

Scotland round-up: Major development for former Edinburgh airport runway land; Aberdeen city-region strategy signed-off

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 15 August-21 August, 2020

Major development for former Edinburgh airport runway land

A proposal for a major new housing and commercial development in Edinburgh on disused former runway land near the capital’s airport was lodged this week with the city council.

The Planner

Aberdeen city-region strategy signed-off

The Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan 2020, which sets the strategic framework for investment in jobs, homes and infrastructure for the city region over the next 20, years has been approved by ministers.

Scottish Government

Meadowbank mixed-residential scheme approved

St Margaret’s House in the capital’s Meadowbank area is set to become a mix of student housing and flats under proposals from Drum Property Group for 107 apartments’ and 377 student bedrooms approved by the city council.

Glasgow Herald

Aberdeen housing gets the go-ahead

Housebuilder Bancon Homes has obtained planning approval from Aberdeen City Council for 208 new homes, these being the next phase of development at Maidencraig South on the western edge of the granite city.

Scottish Construction Now

Dundee development approved

Avant Homes has been given the green light for a 120-home development on the outskirts of Dundee.

Scottish Housing News

Indecision over hotel for Glasgow’s Pacific Quay

Councillors have delayed a decision on proposals for a 150-bedroom hotel at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, which had been recommended for refusal by officials.

Scottish Construction Now

Peel bids to renew PIP for Clydeside project

Peel Group has submitted proposals to renew its planning in principle for a £100 million so-called “Lifestyle Outlet” development on land bordered by both the River Clyde and River Kelvin where shops, restaurants, bars, a 200-bedroom hotel, a 12-screen cinema, casino and a waterfront promenade are all proposed.

Scottish Construction Now

Sutherland spaceport lift-off confirmed

The Highlands Council has formally approved plans for Scotland’s first space port, which Highlands and Islands Enterprise wants to build on peatland near Tongue in Sutherland now ministers have decided not to intervene after the council signalled it would back the project.

BBC News

Ayr building blocks

South Ayrshire Council has begun consulting on proposals  to build 90 flats to replace three tower blocks at Riverside Place in Ayr.

Scottish Housing News

Inverness Campus initiative

Highlands & Islands Enterprise has submitted plans to the Highland Council for a new ‘modular village’ for business units at the Inverness Campus, which will target companies involved with the life science and technology sectors that are looking to collaborate with academic research bodies. 

Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Moray development moves

An aerospace centre of excellence will be established adjacent to RAF Lossiemouth and backed by £21 million funding from the Moray growth deal, the UK government’s minister for Scotland Iain Stewart has announced. In a separate development Moray Council has formally approved its latest local development plan

UK Government and Moray Council

Wanlockhead buyout backed

Residents of  Wanlockhead, Scotland's highest village, have voted in favour of plans for a community buyout of 1,600 hectares of land surrounding the settlement in Dumfries and Galloway currently owned by the Buccleuch group.

BBC News

NPF ideas outcome

The Scottish Government has published an independent analysis of the response to its call for ideas for the new National Planning Framework (NPF).

Scottish Government

Homes approved in North Berwick

East Lothian Council has approved full planning permission for a 250-home development in Whitecraig but rejected a care village project at Castleton Farm, North Berwick.

Scottish Housing News

Application to repurpose Edinburgh building submitted 

A City of Edinburgh Council project to repurpose the B-listed Powderhall Stables as artists’ studios and offices has progressed with the submission of a planning application for the late- Victorian landmark by Collective Architecture.

Scottish Construction Now

Council objects to peat plans

Dumfries and Galloway Council planning officers are objecting to proposals to extract peat from Lochwood Moss, Beattock, because of climate change issues.

BBC News

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