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Scotland round-up: Major West Lothian development unveiled; Edinburgh New Town development shapes up

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A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 12 September – 18 September 2020

RTPI launches guide to climate action tools

The RTPI has launched a guide for planners on how to reduce carbon emissions while also managing such climate impacts as flooding and overheating.

The Planner

Major housing development unveiled near Livingston in West Lothian

Ambitious proposals have been unveiled for a residential-led mixed-use development in West Lothian providing up to 2,000 new homes.

The Planner

Edinburgh New Town development shapes up

Developers Orion Capital Partners and Ediston have submitted detailed proposals for Edinburgh’s New Town Quarter, a mixed-use live/work development providing homes and commercial floor space on the northern edge of the New Town conservation area.

Scottish Construction Now

Pacific Quay proposals win Glasgow City Council support

Councillors have agreed that a vacant site at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay can be used for a £10 million development comprising flats and offices plus retail and café/restaurant space.

Scottish Housing News

Forres homes approved

Moray Council has approved a development of 84 private and 28 affordable homes on a 7.6-hectare site in Forres.

Scottish Housing News

Eigg brewery project

Proposals have been unveiled for Scotland’s first community-owned brewery, which is proposed for the Hebridean Isle of Eigg.

Glasgow Herald

Islands funding boost

Island communities will benefit from a £2 million programme, now open for bids, which will bankroll locally led green projects designed to help support their economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Scottish Government

Scottish Water green blueprint

More renewable energy schemes and further tree planting and peat bog restoration will help Scottish Water to reach net-zero by 2040, the organisation proposes in its latest green strategy.

BBC News

Glasgow synagogue listed

Langside Synagogue near Govanhill in Glasgow has been designated as a C-listed building by Historic Environment Scotland).

BBC News

Short-term lets regulation

Ministers are consulting on proposed new legislation for the regulation of short-term lets that includes a mandatory licensing scheme to ensure that all short-term lets are safe and address issues faced by neighbours. 

Scottish Government

Makeover for Speyside distillery

Moray Council has approved plans for the remodelling and rebuilding of Aberlour Distillery, which occupies a four-hectare site in the Speyside town. 

Scottish Government

Pioneering Borders buyout

The first of a string of historic community land buyouts in the Borders has been completed now that Newcastleton and District Community Trust has concluded its purchase of 304 hectares of land, known as Holm Hill, from the Duke of Buccleuch’s Borders Estate, after securing financial backing from the Scottish Land Fund. 

Scottish Government

Aberdeen LEZ consultation

Aberdeen City Council has begun consulting on plans for a low-emission zone in the centre of the city. This move came as the council announced a groundbreaking partnership with energy company BP to help the council reduce carbon emissions and become a climate positive city.

Scottish Government