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Scotland round-up: Major development mooted for Edinburgh Airport; Clock ticking on capital deal

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 8 July-14 July, 2017

Major development mooted for Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport has announced moves to close its secondary crosswind runway and promote commercial and residential development on the 35-hectare site adjacent to the A8 and Gogar roundabout.

The Planner

Parliamentarians warn of Brexit disaster for homes and infrastructure

Brexit could prove disastrous for delivering new homes and infrastructure unless the construction industry can draw on EU workers while training the UK’s domestic workforce, MPs have claimed.

The Planner

RTPI elections open for nominations

Nominations for a number of RTPI board places, including for the General Assembly and the Board of Trustees, are now open.

The Planner

RTPI looking for volunteers

The RTPI is recruiting RTPI dialogue members for its accreditation boards, as well as chairs and representatives for its partnership and accreditation boards.

RTPI website

Clock ticking on capital deal

UK government delays over signing off the Edinburgh and South East City Region Deal could cost the Scottish economy millions of pounds of investment, economy secretary Keith Brown has claimed.

Scottish Government

£1 billion new homes boost from Edinburgh City Deal

Leaders of the five political groups on Edinburgh City Council have met to agree their city deal package proposals, including a boost for housing numbers.

Edinburgh Evening News

£90m Clyde Waterfront regeneration to create 12,400 jobs 

More than 12,000 jobs are expected to be created under two Glasgow projects that aim to regenerate the Clyde Waterfront by building another road bridge, business developments and hundreds of homes.

Herald Scotland

Lerwick Harbour’s £16.5m Mair’s Pier expansion opens

A £16.5 million expansion to Lerwick Harbour, named Mair's Pier, has officially opened to service port users and will be used by the fishing industry, offshore and cruise sectors.

BBC News

Music school plan for Edinburgh’s Old Royal High would ‘risk’ building

Developers who want to redevelop one of Edinburgh’s most prominent landmarks into a luxury hotel have upped their criticism of a rival plan to convert the complex into a music school and concert venue.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh in danger of ‘losing its soul’ to tourism, say experts

Experts have claimed that tourism activity in the city centre is posing a serious threat to the ‘authenticity’ of the Edinburgh World Heritage site.

The Scotsman

£280m spent transforming vacant derelict land in Glasgow

Over the past five years around £280 million has been spent transforming large areas of vacant derelict land in Glasgow into new housing developments delivering nearly 2,000 new homes, the council has highlighted.

Glasgow City Council

Green light for £34.5m community campus in Cumbernauld

An agreement has been reached to develop a new £34.5 million high school combined with a theatre and arts venue in Cumbernauld.

Scottish Construction Now

Rejected Ormiston plans for 120 new homes now approved

Councillors in East Lothian have waved through plans for 120 new homes in Ormiston, 30 of which will be affordable, following a successful appeal.

Scottish Housing News

Contractor appointed for anchor development at Ayr’s Riverside Block

Plans to kick-start the regeneration of an historic part of Ayr town centre have taken a major step forward with the appointment of a contractor and design team to develop new office accommodation at the Riverside Block.

Scottish Construction Now

East Ayrshire affordable housing development approved

East Ayrshire Council has granted planning consent for a revised housing development at Hayhill.

Scottish Housing News

£1.9m for Elgin Business Park

Proposals for a business park on the eastern outskirts of Elgin have taken a leap forward now that Highlands and Islands Enterprise has announced £1.9 million funding for the site’s infrastructure.

The Northern Scot

New CEO for Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Natural Heritage has announced the appointment of Francesca Osowska OBE as its new chief executive.

Scottish Natural Heritage