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Scotland round-up: Masterplan submitted for redevelopment of former Fife paper mill; Fresh plans for Glasgow harbour

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 2 July-6 July, 2018

Masterplan submitted for redevelopment of former Fife paper mill into 850 homes

Proposals to build a major new housing development to transform the old Tullis Russell Paper Mill site between Glenrothes and Markinch have been submitted to Fife Council.

The Planner

£420m to be invested in smart construction

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark has announced a partnership between the government and the construction industry that includes a £420 million investment in ‘bytes and mortar smart construction’.

The Planner

Fresh plans for Glasgow harbour

Glasgow Harbour could be transformed into a shopping outlet and leisure space under £100 million plans submitted to the city council by the Peel Group, which also includes a cinema, restaurants and cafés.

Glasgow Herald

Rethink for India Quay project

Edinburgh City Council has changed its mind over the prospect of a £50 million 400-bedroom hotel on one of the city’s key brownfield sites – India Quay at Fountainbridge – and will move ahead instead with plans for workspace for tech firms and smaller businesses, as well as affordable housing.

Edinburgh Evening News

Scotland co-operates with Yokohama

Scotland has signed a joint declaration of cooperation with Yokohama City, the second largest city in Japan, in a deal which commits both parties to greater cooperation in education, sports, culture and marine industries.

Scottish Government

Port of Rosyth development

Agricultural trader Cefetra is planning to expand its Scottish business after signing a long-term contract with Forth Ports, which will see the Port of Rosyth become a deep-water facility.

The Scotsman

Cairngorms LDP progress

The Cairngorms National Park Authority has announced that it will hold a short consultation next month on a limited number of new site allocations as it finalises the Main Issues Report for its new local development plan.

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Dundee homes project

A planning application for the development of 130 houses and flats, which forms part of the regeneration of the Ellengowan estate in Dundee, has been submitted to submitted to the city council.

Scottish Housing News

Craigmillar housing

CCG and Cooper Cromar Architects have submitted plans for a new 136-home development in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh on behalf of Places for People.

Scottish Housing News

Mack demolition

Parts of the Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building are to be dismantled after it was ravaged by fire last month.

BBC News

Aberdeen bypass section opens

The first main section – a four-mile stretch between Parkhill and Blackdog – of the new £745 million Aberdeen bypass has opened.

BBC News

Less derelict land

Latest official figures for the total amount of derelict and urban vacant land in Scotland show it decreased by 844 hectares (7 per cent) between 2016 and 2017.

Scottish Government

MSPs probe green spending, land registers and transport measures

MSPs on three separate Holyrood committees are investigating environmental spending, the new-look land register and transport measures, including pavement parking bans and more local control over bus services.

Scottish Parliament   

Scottish turbines power up Nestlé

A new wind farm near Sanquhar, west of Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, was opened this week. It will meet half the energy needs of food giant Nestlé in the UK and Ireland.

BBC News

Waverely Mall expansion opposed over World Heritage views

The multimillion-pound expansion of Edinburgh’s Waverley Mall shopping centre is facing objections from conservation body the Cockburn Association over concerns that the scheme will spoil classic views of the city and its World Heritage Site.

The Scotsman

Student flats proposed for key capital retail site

Scotmid Co-operative has teamed up with developer and operator Structured House Group to jointly submit a planning application for a mixed-use proposal on the site of the existing Scotmid store at Gorgie Road in the capital that would see 152 student flats provided at the site.

Scottish Construction Now