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Scotland round-up: Milestone for major Edinburgh mixed-use scheme; SNP puts the case for renewable energy and green transport in election manifesto

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 23 November-29 November, 2019

Milestone for major Edinburgh mixed-use scheme

Edinburgh City Council’s flagship project, the £170 million regeneration of the former Fountainbridge brewery site, clocked up a key milestone this week.

The Planner

General election 2019: SNP puts the case for renewable energy and green transport in election manifesto

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is committed to bringing to the market a £3 billion portfolio of projects, including renewables, waste and construction; planting 60 million trees; and reducing emissions from Scotland’s railways to zero by 2035.

The Planner

RTPI: Planners ‘crucial’ to building council homes

Planners’ skills such as plan-making and facilitating public engagement have a key role to play as local authorities look to build more housing.

The Planner

News report: Is UK planning leaving children behind?

A newly published RTPI report finds that the UK’s planning systems make little accommodation for children and young people. Jack Osgerby and Simon Wicks report.

The Planner

Capital conversion

Anders Holch Povlsen, the Danish billionaire owner of the category A Princes Street building in Edinburgh that has been the iconic home to the Jenner’s department store for more than 180 years, has unveiled proposals to restore its façade and the property into a hotel and rooftop restaurant.

Scottish Construction Now

Glasgow hotel projects

Two more major hotel projects have surfaced in Glasgow:

  1. Caledon Property Group has applied to the city council to demolish the former Royal Bank of Scotland building on Trongate and replace it with a 12-storey, 157-room aparthotel rising to 12 storeys.
  2. Mosaic Architecture + Design has submitted a planning application with Iceni Projects for the construction of a 150-bedroom Holiday Inn hotel on the former Glasgow Garden Festival site at Pacific Quay.

Scottish Construction Now and Glasgow Herald

Onshore wind farm moves

Scottish Power has begun plans for a major expansion of onshore wind farm projects across Scotland in anticipation of a UK government U-turn on support for wind power projects.

The Guardian

Capital campaigners

Scotland’s pre-eminent historian, Sir Tom Devine, has joined forces with best-selling authors Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith to back a campaign for more protection of Edinburgh from over tourism, “unregulated” development and climate change.

The Scotsman

Stirling mulls over Raploch scheme

A mixed-use development comprising a 71-bed care home, accommodation for 305 students and amenity space could be delivered in Raploch under new proposals submitted to Stirling Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Glasgow city centre blueprint

A 10-year regeneration plan for the centre of Glasgow, which includes taking cars away from the city centre, the redesign of George Square and revamping Hielanman’s Umbrella, will soon go out to public consultation.

Scottish Construction Now

Dundee golf club in trouble over trees

Scottish Forestry has reprimanded Downfield Golf Club in Dundee and issued a “restock direction” after it “unlawfully” cut down trees in an area that was set aside for housing.

Scottish Construction Now

Fife and East Ayrshire housing strategies

Bids for financial backing that would see a total of more than 4,300 affordable homes provided across Fife and East Ayrshire over the next five years have been submitted to the government as part of the latest round of the strategic housing investment programme initiative.

Fife Council and East Ayrshire Council

Most Glasgow roads recommended for 20mph limit

A 20mph speed limit should be adopted for most roads across Glasgow, a council committee has recommended.

Glasgow City Council

Kinlochleven zip-wire scheme

Highland Council officials have recommended approval for a zip-wire project proposed for a site at Kinlochleven in Lochaber.

BBC News