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Scotland round-up: Masterplan consent for key Glasgow city centre development; Pioneering hydrogen heating initiative for Fife homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 16 May-22 May, 2020

Masterplan consent for key Glasgow city centre development

The city council has approved the masterplan for the £300 million regeneration of Candleriggs Square, one of Glasgow’s most high-profile city-centre sites.

The Planner

Higher emergency grants offered to heritage sector

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is welcoming applications for larger grants to cover emergency costs during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  

The Planner

Edinburgh zero-carbon quarter proposals

Developer Parabola has submitted a detailed planning application to Edinburgh City Council for the residential-led phase of the development of a new zero-carbon quarter of the city earmarked for 17.5 hectares of undeveloped land to south of the existing Edinburgh Park scheme. Proposals include 1,700 new homes – 25 per cent of which would be affordable, and more than 32,500 square metres of commercial floor space.

Scottish Construction Now

Pioneering hydrogen heating initiative for Fife homes

Three hundred homes in Levenmouth, Fife, have been lined up for what would be the world’s first 100 per cent green hydrogen-to-homes network for heating. The scheme, proposed by gas distribution network company SGN, would see hydrogen created from water by electrolysis, powered by an offshore wind turbine, then stored in tanks ready for use. Energy regulator Ofgem is considering whether to approve the initiative. 


Glasgow West End housing

KR Developments Residential Ltd has submitted proposals to build hundreds of flats – some with roof gardens – in four blocks at Beith Street on the site of the former Partick Central Station in Glasgow’s West End.

Scottish Housing News

Redevelopment of Glasgow’s listed Distillers’ House mooted

Proposals have been lodged for a £40 million residential-led mixed-use development of 182 flats on a Glasgow city centre site that includes the B-listed Distillers’ House.

Scottish Housing News

Corstorphine residential development

Artisan Real Estate has submitted a planning application to Edinburgh City Council for 126 flats earmarked for the site of the former Gylemuir Care Home, next to Gyle Park and close to the main A8 access route to the city at Corstorphine. 

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow commissions district regeneration blueprints

Glasgow City Council has appointed a multidisciplinary team, led by Glasgow-based Austin-Smith:Lord, to prepare the next round of regeneration frameworks for Cowcaddens, Townhead, the ‘Learning Quarter’ and the Merchant City districts.


Moray growth deal reassurance

Moray Council has received a firm commitment from both the UK and Scottish governments on the area’s proposed growth deal, which should see them investing £65 million in key projects.

Moray Council

Edinburgh brewery proposal

Scottish craft brewer and retailer Innis & Gunn has submitted an application for its new brewery at Heriot-Watt University’s Research Park to the west of Edinburgh.

Scottish Construction Now

South Lanarkshire castle visitor attraction scheme

Proposals have been unveiled to turn Gilbertfield Castle, near Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, into a visitor attraction as part of a scheme that would also involve 15 new homes. 

The Scotsman

East Lothian national development bid

East Lothian Council is pressing for an area of the county, which includes the planned exemplar new town at Blindwells and the former Cockenzie Power Station site, to be designated by ministers as a national development in the new National Planning Framework 4.

East Lothian Council

Hawick residential care home moves

Scottish Borders Council has unveiled proposals for a 60-bed residential care home in addition to 40 extra care housing units and 12 learning disability housing units on land south-east of Guthrie Drive in the Stirches area of Hawick.

BBC News

Screen project for Glasgow retail park

The city council has allowed plans to amalgamate and transform two units at a Glasgow retail park into a seven-screen cinema.

Scottish Construction Now

North Ayrshire’s pioneering local economy blueprint

North Ayrshire Council has published a blueprint to resurrect the local economy, courtesy of a pioneering so-called Community Wealth Building Strategy.

North Ayrshire Council