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Scotland round-up: Major housing scheme proposed for Central Belt site near Glasgow; Scotland sees increase in affordable housing approvals

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 9 June-15 June, 2018

Major housing scheme proposed for Central Belt site near Glasgow

Proposals for a landmark development involving 2,600 new homes set around a country park, together with a hotel, a care home, health centres and retail, leisure and community facilities, have been submitted to North Lanarkshire Council.

The Planner

Transport bill proposes powers for LEZs and improved bus services

The Scottish Government has published the legislation that will underpin the creation of council-developed and ministerial-approved low emission zones (LEZs).

The Planner

Scotland sees increase in affordable housing approvals

Statistics suggest that 11,677 affordable homes were approved in Scotland in 2017/18 – a 14 per cent increase on the previous year.

The Planner

Rise in students on RTPI-accredited planning courses

The number of students across the world studying an RTPI-accredited course grew by 8 per cent in 2017/18 to 4,138.

The Planner

RTPI elects new Fellow

Susan Bridge is the newest Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute following her election in June.


Approval for 250 new homes in Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Council has approved plans for up to 250 homes on the western edge of the capital.

Edinburgh Evening News

First-of-a-kind retirement development proposed for Newton Mearns

Proposals have been unveiled for what is being billed as Scotland’s first dedicated luxury retirement development involving 214 flats, a care home and 38 cottages, on the outskirts of Glasgow at Newton Mearns.

The Scotsman

Mixed-use project mooted for Glasgow city centre

New plans for a mixed-use development at the gateway to Glasgow’s Merchant City area in the city centre have been submitted to the local authority by the locally based Structured House Group, which is proposing private rented flats as well as office and retail floorspace for start-ups.

Scottish Construction Now

Climate change target success

Scotland has met its annual climate change target for the third consecutive year, new figures show.

Scottish Government

Glasgow jobs drive

Glasgow City Council, the country’s biggest local authority, is to embark on a major recruitment drive targeting planners, surveyors and building control staff to ensure that it has the resources required to handle the billions of pounds of investment expected to be made in the city soon.

Glasgow Herald

Travelodge hunting for 20 new sites

Hotel chain Travelodge is looking for a further 20 sites across Scotland, with locations including Aviemore, East Kilbride, Falkirk, Loch Lomond and St Andrews in its sights.

The Scotsman

Regulators act over Mossmorran chemical complex and Blantyre recycling plant

Scotland’s green and safety regulators have announced a joint investigation into complaints about activities at ExxonMobil’s Mossmorran chemical complex as the former, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, acts over odour issues at a recycling plant at Blantyre.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Wildcat and red squirrel under threat

Two of the country’s most iconic native mammals – the Scottish wildcat and red squirrel – have been named in a list of British animals facing a serious risk of extinction.

The Scotsman

Robroyston housing scheme

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland and partner Caledonian Properties Ltd are consulting on outline proposals for a 300-home development at Robroyston, Glasgow.

Scottish Construction Now

Fountainbridge hotel and hospitality school fury

Community groups have hit out at proposals to build a hotel and hospitality school at a site already earmarked in the capital for business space.

Edinburgh Evening News

Granite City bids for 5G trial

Aberdeen City Council is bidding to play a leading role in the UK-wide roll-out of 5G connectivity by trialling the technology as part of a £200 million UK government initiative.

Aberdeen City Council

Axe poised over remote Sutherland rail station

A remote Highland railway station near Helmsdale in Sutherland, which has just 76 passengers a year, could be the first to be closed in Scotland for more than 30 years under plans to speed up journeys on the line.

The Scotsman

299-flat scheme recommended for approval

Aberdeen City Council planners have recommended that proposals by a Canadian company to build a 299-flat development at historic Rubislaw Quarry should be approved.

The Scotsman

More turbines proposed for Crystal Rig wind farm

Developer Fred Olsen Renewables has applied to the Scottish Government to add a further 11 turbines to its Crystal Rig array of 91 in the Lammermuir Hills, which straddles the boundary between the Scottish Borders and East Lothian councils.

BBC News

Glasgow LEZ moves

Older cars will be banned from Glasgow city centre in four years’ time after councillors agreed to extend a low emission zone to all vehicles.

BBC News

Electric bike funding

Two new funds worth a total of £1.3 million have been announced to encourage more people to start using electric bicycles, particularly for shorter journeys.

Scottish Government