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13/12/2019

Scotland round-up: Major Edinburgh New Town development unveiled; Aberdeen residential quarter shapes up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 7 December-13 December, 2019

Major Edinburgh New Town development unveiled

Ambitious proposals for one of Edinburgh’s largest development projects for more than a decade have been unveiled.

The Planner

General election 2019: Conservatives win with a majority of 79

Boris Johnson will continue as the UK prime minister after the Conservative Party won 365 seats in the general election, a majority of 79.

The Planner

Aberdeen residential quarter shapes up

Councillors have approved a development programme for a residential quarter in Aberdeen’s Queen Street, which is designed to provide more than 300 homes and incorporates a civic hub, cultural assets, enhanced heritage features and high-quality public realm.

Scottish Housing News

Greenock housing project

Proposals have been submitted to Inverclyde Council by developers to demolish part of the Oak Mall in Greenock and build 123 new flats.

Scottish Construction Now

Moray to scrap cap on development contributions

A decision to scrap the cap on the amount developers contribute towards infrastructure improvements was agreed by Moray councillors and will come into force next summer with the adoption of the new local development plan.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow’s Egyptian Halls at risk

The Egyptian Halls on Glasgow’s Union Street have been named among Europe's most at-risk buildings amid fears that the property, vacant for 40 years and covered in scaffolding for 10 years, could soon be beyond repair.

BBC News

Inverurie housing arrested

Proposals by Police Scotland to build flats on the grounds of an Inverurie police station have been refused by Aberdeenshire Council over the design of the scheme, which would have meant the destruction of an area of ancient woodland.

Scottish Housing News

Planning obligations review under way

The Law Society of Scotland’s Planning Law sub-committee has begun a consultation on planning obligations, the results of which will be fed into the Scottish Government’s own review of the topic.

The Law Society of Scotland

Montane planting on Loch Ness

A new 284-hectare area of woodland that is being established on Carn na Caorach hill near Loch Ness by conservation charity Trees for Life will have 100,000 native trees specially adapted to living in harsh, high-altitude conditions, reminiscent of the country’s lost Caledonian Forest.

The Scotsman

Falkirk tops planning awards

Falkirk Council’s entry about the Carron Dams local nature reserve at Stenhousemuir was both the overall winner and the people’s choice winner in the 2019 Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning, full details of which can be found in a recent planning and architecture division blog.

Scottish Government

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