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Scotland round-up: Major development planning times worsen significantly; World’s first floating wind farm takes shape

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 22 July-28 July, 2017

Major development planning times worsen significantly

Planning decision times for major developments in Scotland have reached a nadir. Official figures released this week have suggested they are the slowest on average since records began five years ago.

The Planner

RTPI announces 2017 research awards shortlist

The RTPI has published the shortlist for the 2017 Awards for Research Excellence, with 17 research projects competing across five categories.

The Planner

Brexit will hit southern UK cities hardest – report

Cities that are successful and have large high-skilled service sectors, mainly located in the south of England, will be hit the hardest by Brexit, whether it is ‘hard’ or ‘soft’.

The Planner

Leading role for local authorities in UK plan to improve air quality

The UK Government has published its plan to tackle roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations and improve air quality, giving local authorities a leading role.

The Planner

World’s first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The world’s first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland.

BBC News

Communities to benefit from new historic building regeneration grant

The Architectural Heritage Fund is expanding its grant-giving programme and has launched a new Scottish Community Development Grant that funds historic building regeneration projects in communities.

Scottish Construction Now

Ministers overturn East Dunbartonshire green belt housing plan refusal

A decision by East Dunbartonshire Council to reject a 57-home development on a green belt site at Milton of Campsie has been overturned on appeal.

Scottish Housing News

Revised hotel plans at Perthshire castle approved

Perth and Kinross Council has approved revised plans to transform historic Taymouth Castle near Kenmore into a five-star luxury facility.

Scottish Construction Now

194 new homes planned for Craigmillar town centre

Architects have submitted plans for the construction of 194 new homes at Craigmillar town centre on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council’s 21st Century Homes house building programme.

Scottish Housing News

£1.2m for affordable housing in Fort William

At least 200 new affordable homes will be built in Fort William, following the award of a £1.2 million grant from the Scottish Government to Lochaber Housing Association.

Scottish Government

Boost for bees and butterflies

A new strategy, which includes the restoration and creation of flower-rich habitats and greater use of green urban infrastructures like roof-top gardens, has been launched to make Scotland a more pollinator-friendly place. 

Scottish Government

Cairngorms landowner accused of blocking access to trail

Campaigners have accused a landowner in the Highlands of preventing the public from accessing an estate in the Cairngorms.

The Scotsman

Affordable homes planned at old Ballater school site

Grampian Housing Association has unveiled plans to transform the site of a C-listed former Aberdeenshire school in Ballater into affordable homes.

Scottish Housing News

Moray wind farm ‘will bring £530m to Scottish economy’

Research into a £2.6 billion offshore wind farm in Moray estimates that it will bring £530 million to the Scottish economy.

Herald Scotland

People and communities fund

Organisations across Scotland supporting hundreds of community-led projects are to receive £8.6 million in funding for the year 2017/18.

Scottish Government

Hotel and student accommodation plans unveiled for landmark Glasgow buildings

Two of Glasgow’s iconic buildings are proposed for new uses under a £100 million project that would see the Metropolitan Tower converted to create a 640-bedroom hotel while the Charles Oakley Building is turned into student accommodation providing 400 bedrooms in shared flats.

Scottish Construction Now

Plans to turn historic St Andrew Square’s venue into new hotel

Buchan House, a grade A listed building in the heart of the capital could be given a new lease of life under proposals to transform it into a 72-room hotel.

Edinburgh Evening News