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Scotland round-up: Major housing scheme proposed at Bonnyrigg; Errol Airfield housing scheme submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 7 March-13 March, 2020

Major housing scheme proposed at Bonnyrigg

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland has applied to Midlothian Council for planning permission in principle for a major residential development of about 1,000 new homes at Dalhousie Chesters, Bonnyrigg.

The Planner

Budget 2020: ‘Changed mindset’ behind new devolution deals and local growth funding

A 'changed mindset' that will see a greater focus on the UK's nations, towns and cities beyond London and England is behind pledges of new deals and growth funding in the Budget.

The Planner

Budget 2020: Government vows to increase tree planting and establish carbon storage sites

The government will plant enough trees to ‘cover an area the size of Birmingham’ and establish a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Infrastructure Fund to establish CCS in at least two UK sites, according to chancellor Rishi Sunak, as he outlined his first Budget.

The Planner

Errol Airfield housing scheme submitted

Developer Morris Leslie Ltd has submitted fresh plans to Perth and Kinross Council to build 240 homes near Errol Airfield, along with commercial units, open space, play areas and infrastructure to connect the development to the wider area.

Scottish Housing News

Boom in new-build starts

Housing and planning minister Kevin Stewart has welcomed a 24 per cent increase in new-build home starts across all sectors over the 12 months up to September 2019. This is highlighted in the latest official quarterly statistics on new housebuilding and affordable housing supply published this week.

Scottish Government News

Dalmarnock homes deal

Springfield Properties has signed an agreement totalling £18.2 million with the West of Scotland Housing Association to develop 114 affordable homes and two commercial units in Dalmarnock.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow Pacific Quay project

Developer Surplus Property Solutions has unveiled outline proposals for a mixed-use scheme providing commercial, retail and café/restaurant space at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay for land at Festival Gate, beside the Village hotel.

Scottish Construction Now

Port of Leith studio progress

A company led by Sean Connery's son Jason, has won the tender to run a large-scale film and TV studio space in Edinburgh's Port of Leith. It will provide five sound stages and 2,508 square metres of flexible production office space in the ‘big blue shed’ building, three miles from the centre of Edinburgh, which once housed wave power firm Pelamis before it went bust.

BBC News

Dundee residential scheme

Barratt North Scotland has unveiled proposals to build 230 homes at the former James Keiller Buildings in Dundee’s Mains Loan, the site where jam and marmalade under the same branding were made.

Scottish Housing News

Aberdeen cable-car attraction

Backers of a proposal to build a cable-car attraction from Aberdeen’s new harbour to the city centre are hoping to raise £15,000 to fund a feasibility study.

Glasgow Herald

Aberdeen University Business School move

The University of Aberdeen has lodged a planning application to create a new home for its Business School at the site of the currently empty Johnston Halls, which will undergo a major refurbishment.

Scottish Construction Now

Shetland spaceport

Shetland Space Centre has lodged a planning application notice with Shetland Islands Council for a spaceport at Unst.

Scottish Construction Now

Rural mobile coverage black spots

Rural areas of Scotland will continue to suffer from patchy internet coverage despite the UK’s four largest mobile networks agreeing a £1 billion deal to ‘end poor rural mobile coverage’.

Glasgow Herald

Capital cinema complex

Edinburgh Filmhouse has unveiled proposals to build a £50 million carbon-neutral, 11-storey cinema complex at Festival Square in the capital’s West End.

Glasgow Herald

Ayrshire tourism funding

North Ayrshire Council has been awarded £400,000 to develop tourism across Ayrshire’s island and coastal destinations.

Scottish Government

Edinburgh hotel projects approved

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre has been given the go-ahead for a 362-bedroom four-star hotel and hotel school project in the capital’s Haymarket development.

Scottish Construction Now

Build to Rent scheme proposed for Glasgow canalside site

Proposals for a major Build to Rent development providing 203 flats, in a 20-storey tower and another with 13 floors, have been unveiled for a canalside site near Speirs Wharf in Glasgow.

Scottish Construction Now

Cairngorm funicular move

A planning application has been submitted for repairs to the Cairngorm funicular, the UK's highest railway, which has been closed since September 2018 because of structural problems.

BBC News