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Scotland round-up: Masterplan submitted for 1,000-home development at St Andrews; ‘More ambition’ required in Scotland planning bill

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 17 February-23 February, 2018

Masterplan submitted for 1,000-home development at St Andrews

A masterplan has been submitted to Fife Council for a major development to the west of St Andrews, designed to provide more than 1,000 new homes, 30 per cent of which will be affordable housing.

The Planner

‘More ambition’ required in Scotland planning bill

The Scottish Government must be ‘more ambitious’ in its plan to involve local communities earlier on in the planning process, according to the Scottish Alliance for People and Places.

The Planner

Go-ahead for Perthshire housing

A masterplan for a residential scheme of up to 650 new homes on the southern edge of the Perthshire village of Luncarty has been approved by Perth and Kinross Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Appeal lodged over Laurencekirk homes refusal

Developer Barratt North Homes has appealed Aberdeenshire Council’s decision to reject proposals for 247 new homes at a site in Laurencekirk.

Scottish Housing News

Budget makes the grade

The Scottish Government's tax and spending plans for the next year have passed their final parliamentary hurdle after the minority SNP government struck a deal with the Scottish Greens last month that gave them enough support to pass the budget.

BBC News

Green light for urban village at Hamilton campus

Proposals to transform the University of the West of Scotland’s site in Hamilton into an ‘urban village’, complete with 365 homes and a five-storey hotel, have been given the go-ahead.

Scottish Construction Now

Stornoway port infrastructure moves

Planning consultancy Barton Willmore has been appointed by Stornoway Port Authority to support the development of a deep-water port on the Isle of Lewis and, separately, a new marina at Newton as part of a 20-year masterplan.

Scottish Construction Now

SEPA rates business sites highly

Environmental performance among Scottish regulated businesses and other organisations has achieved a six-year high, with 91.7 per cent of sites recorded as ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’ or ‘Broadly Compliant’, according to results published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

Capital top for inward investment

Edinburgh is the most attractive city in the UK for inward investment but will need to invest heavily in areas such as affordable housing to avoid being overtaken by other major centres, according to a report from global consultancy Arcadis.

The Scotsman

Dundee college to convert to flats

The city council has granted planning permission for the conversion of a former Dundee college building into a mix of 135 build-to-rent and serviced flats.  

Scottish Housing News

BrewDog moots hotel in home town

Scottish brewer BrewDog has announced plans for a craft beer hotel as part of expansion plans for its Aberdeenshire headquarters in Ellon.

BBC News

Funding for rail link initiatives

From April this year, community-led initiatives will be able to tap into a £2 million government fund to develop options to improve local rail connections.

Scottish Government

Capital cycling captures 10 per cent of transport budget

Cycling provision in the capital is set to be boosted after it was allocated 10 per cent of the city council’s overall transport budget for the next 12 months.

Edinburgh Evening News

Dundee waterfront project surfaces

A mixed-use scheme providing offices, a hotel and leisure facilities could be developed on a prominent site at Dundee Waterfront under proposals unveiled by Keppie Design and submitted to the city council.

Scottish Construction Now

Upland birds in decline, says report

More than half of Scotland’s upland birds, including the curlew and lapwing, have suffered a 'significant long-term decline', according to official statistics published by Scottish Natural heritage.

The Scotsman

Nightclub mooted near historic Robert the Bruce site

Plans have been lodged to create a nightclub near the spot in Dumfries where Robert the Bruce began his bid for the throne of Scotland.

BBC News

Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre redevelopment boosted

Glasgow City Council has approved additional grant funding of £1 million for the £19.4 million Citizens Theatre redevelopment project, bringing the total of financial support for the project from the council to £5 million.

Glasgow City Council