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Scotland round-up: Makeover mooted for listed Edinburgh Royal Infirmary; £525m Loudoun Castle transformation plans rejected

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 29 April-5 May, 2017

Makeover mooted for listed Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

The University of Edinburgh has filed a change of use and restoration application to transform the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary into a major educational hub.

The Planner

£525m Loudoun Castle transformation plans rejected

Plans to transform the abandoned and derelict Loudoun Castle theme park into a £525 million holiday and leisure destination have been rejected by East Ayrshire Council, although the door has been left open for future approval.

Scottish Construction Now

Planning fees regulations published

The regulations allowing the government to press ahead with its proposed hike in planning fees have been published. They have been laid before Parliament and subject to scrutiny should come into force on 1 June.


Peebles housing bid for hundreds of homes

Plans have been submitted for a development of 200-new homes at the Borders town of Peebles. A quarter of the development would be affordable housing.

BBC News

100-berth marina for yachting hotspot sparks jobs fear

Fears have been raised that a £3 million marina plan for one of the West Highlands’ yachting hotspots could triple in size, threatening jobs at existing operations.

Herald Scotland

Link Group’s Dunbeg ‘masterplan’ of 600 affordable homes approved

Argyll and Bute Council has approved Link Group Ltd’s masterplan designed to transform the Dunbeg Corridor area into a family-orientated, sustainable rural development of 600 new homes.

Scottish Housing News

£8.35m to support urban regeneration in Glasgow

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has announced investment of £8.35 million from the government’s SPRUCE fund to support the refurbishment of vacant office space in central Glasgow.

Scottish Government

Community buyout of Bellfield Street site approved

Portobello residents are celebrating after the government gave the final go-ahead for the community buyout of the former Old Parish Church and Halls in Bellfield Street, which will now become a multi-purpose community hub for the Edinburgh district.

Edinburgh Evening News

500 homes and cinema green-lit

Aberdeenshire Council has approved the masterplan for a major development at the village of Blackdog on the outskirts of Aberdeen, which involves 500 new homes and a six-screen cinema.

Press and Journal

Plans for new hotel in Aviemore approved

Proposals for a new hotel on the derelict site at the entrance to Aviemore have been given the go-ahead by  the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

BBC News

Revised hotel to retain façade of Dundee furniture building

Plans have been submitted to build a hotel and student halls at a B-listed art deco former Dundee furniture store in Barrack Street.

Scottish Construction Now

Planning consent for combined gas peaking and battery storage plant in Fife

Environmental planning consultancy Atmos Consulting has secured planning permission for a 20MW gas peaking and battery storage plant in Glenrothes.

Scottish Construction Now

New campaign to turn old Royal High School into world-class concert hall

A nationwide campaign to turn one of Edinburgh’s most prominent landmarks into a music school and performing arts venue has been launched – months before the fate of a rival hotel scheme is decided.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh ranked second in the world for quality of life

Edinburgh has been ranked second in a global quality of life survey – behind Wellington in New Zealand.

Edinburgh Evening News