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Scotland round-up: Major redevelopment scheme earmarked for Greenock; Capital’s urban ‘creep’ revealed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 12 October-18 October, 2019

Major redevelopment scheme earmarked for Greenock

Redevelopment plans for a large part of the former IBM site at Spango Valley, Greenock, are due to go on display next week.

The Planner

RTPI announces winner of learning partner award

The City of Edinburgh Council has won the RTPI’s Learning Partner Award for 2019.

The Planner

Environment Bill launched in Parliament

The UK Government has introduced a bill to Parliament that aims to tackle the ‘biggest environmental priorities of our time’.

The Planner

Capital’s urban ‘creep’ revealed

An area of Edinburgh the size of nine football pitches is being lost each year to urban ‘creep’, according to a study carried out by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to determine the flooding problems caused when green spaces and gardens are ‘lost’ because of paving or home extensions.

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Arran depopulation initiative

Rural campaigners on Arran have launched the first bid in Scotland to build homes specifically for local workers to halt a population drain that threatens their island community.

Glasgow Herald

Funding boost for affordable housing

Swan Group, the affordable housing developer, has secured a funding package worth £50 million to assist it to build more than 3,000 homes north of the border.

Glasgow Herald

Dundee jute mill conversion rethink

Proposals to transform a B-listed jute mill in Dundee into modern flats are being amended following concerns voiced by Historic Environment Scotland.

Scottish Housing News

Aberdeen churches sell-off?

Almost half of Aberdeen’s churches are being considered for sale as part of a ‘once in a generation’ review undertaken by the Church of Scotland.

BBC News

Lichfields quantifies local value of Edinburgh school development

Housebuilder Cala Homes (East) has welcomed a report by consultant Lichfields that its redevelopment of the former Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh for housing would deliver an economic boost of more than £45 million to the local area.

The Scotsman

Fund boosts active travel schemes

A new walking and cycling route in the north of Glasgow, the regeneration of Ayr town centre and green infrastructure travel links in Aberdeen are some of the active travel projects that will benefit from a £27 million scheme bankrolled by the government to encourage walking and cycling.

Scottish Government

Creative industries statement

Ministers have published a statement on their priorities for the creative industries in Scotland.

Scottish Government

Report on community-led design initiatives

An 81-page report evaluating community-led design initiatives funded by the administration’s charrette programme and its ‘Making Places’ initiative is now available.

Scottish Government

Turbine moves at two Scottish Borders wind farms

Some of the tallest onshore wind turbines ever built in the UK are being proposed for a site near Langholm in the Scottish Borders. Meanwhile, in a related but separate development, the energy company behind a wind farm project near Peebles already approved by the government wants to reduce the number of turbines but increase their height.

BBC News

Hawick facelifts

Six run-down properties in Hawick town centre are first in line for facelifts under a £1.5 million regeneration scheme. It follows on from similar initiatives in Selkirk and Jedburgh.

The Scotsman

North Lanarkshire approves nearly 1,400 new homes

North Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee has approved two large housing projects this week – a 750-home scheme at Muirhead and a proposal for 638 new homes at Holytown, near Motherwell.

North Lanarkshire Council

More lighthouses to be listed?

Historic Environment Scotland has announced that it will undertake a review of listed and unlisted lighthouses owned by the Northern Lighthouse Board before possibly listing more of the landmarks.

Historic Environment Scotland

Latest East Dunbartonshire LDP makes progress

East Dunbartonshire Council has started consulting on its main issues report, a key document as the local authority progresses its revised local development plan (LDP).

East Dunbartonshire Council