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Scotland round-up: McNairney clarifies housing and planning policy status; £30m funding for town centre and regeneration projects

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 5 September-11 September, 2020

McNairney clarifies housing and planning policy status

Scotland’s chief planner has written to all planning authorities to stress that no decisions have yet been taken in respect of housing and planning policy – the subject of a consultation due to end next month (9 October).

The Planner

£30m funding for town centre and regeneration projects

All of Scotland’s 32 local authorities and more than 25 individual community regeneration projects will receive a share of £30 million of new investment for regeneration and town centres, ministers announced this week.

Scottish Government

Inverness redevelopment moves

The proposed £12.5 million mixed-use redevelopment at the former Arnotts department store site in Inverness city centre – designed to restore listed buildings and provide six new shops and bar/restaurants as well as 53 flats – is set to make significant progress once key funding is confirmed by the government.

Scottish Construction Now

Replace car parking with car-sharing projects?

Councils should consider replacing private parking spaces to allow room for car-sharing schemes to help with Scotland’s green recovery, proposes transport charity CoMoUK. 

Glasgow Herald

Glasgow considers charging for pre-application advice

Glasgow City Council, the country’s biggest local authority, is proposing to introduce fees for pre-application planning advice in a move that should see it fall into line with over a third of planning authorities.

Glasgow Herald

Ministers unveil green investment portfolio

The government has published its first so-called Green Investment Portfolio of 10 low-carbon, eco-friendly and recycling investment opportunities with a total price tag of £1.16 billion.

Scottish Government

Offshore wind base for Eyemouth harbour

Scottish Borders Council has approved proposals for a maintenance base at Eyemouth harbour, which will help service the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm due to be located off the Fife coast.

BBC News

E-sports imitative for Dundee waterfront

A 4,000-capacity multipurpose digital arena focusing on the burgeoning esports market is under consideration for a prominent site to the east of Slessor Gardens at the Dundee Waterfront development. 

Scottish Construction Now

Glasgow job centre flats conversion blocked

Glasgow City Council has rejected a project from Spectrum Properties to convert a former Bridgeton job centre into 49 flats.

Scottish Construction Now

Funding approved for Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh project

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has secured £50 million of funding from the government for its Biomes project, which will safeguard its Heritage glasshouse, enhance research facilities and create new green jobs.

Scottish Construction Now

Power line upgrade proposed across Dumfries and Galloway

SP Energy Networks has applied to the government to upgrade about 30 miles of its power line network between Kendoon and Tongland in Dumfries and Galloway.

BBC News

Dunbar development

The first steps in the delivery of a low-carbon community at the DunBear Park project in Dunbar have been taken now that promoter Hallhill Developments has submitted proposals to East Lothian Council for roads, footpaths and essential infrastructure, together with a renewable energy strategy. 

Scottish Housing News

River Dee restoration scheme

Beltie Burn near Torphins, an artificially straightened tributary of the River Dee, is set to become a two-kilometre stretch of river corridor with 10 hectares of floodplain where wildlife can thrive, thanks to a pioneering restoration project under way in Aberdeenshire.

The Scotsman

Langholm nature reserve funding

A charity’s bid to purchase part of Langholm Moor from Buccleuch Estates to develop a new national nature reserve has been boosted by a £1 million capital investment from South of Scotland Enterprise.

Scottish Housing News

Replacement for Glasgow’s Barlinnie Prison shapes up

Proposals to build a replacement for Glasgow’s Barlinnie Prison on derelict land at Provanmill have obtained planning permission in principle from the city council.

Scottish Construction Now

Major new school earmarked for Musselburgh

Consultation starts next week on the design of the proposed Wallyford High School, a £46 million secondary school at Musselburgh, Edinburgh.

BBC News

Millport flood protection project

North Ayrshire Council’s cabinet has confirmed its support for a £27.5 million flood protection scheme for Millport, which will involve an offshore breakwater connecting the small islands in Millport Bay, in addition to onshore flood walls and other protection along the shoreline.

Scottish Construction Now

Approval for Perth Prison vegan restaurant

A fine-dining vegan restaurant staffed by former offenders has been given the go-ahead inside the grounds of Perth Prison by Perth and Kinross Council as part of a prisoner rehabilitation scheme.

BBC News