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Scotland round-up: Minister launches first national islands strategy; Aberdeen Harbour project delayed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 5 October-11 October, 2019

Scottish minister launches first national islands strategy

A first-ever National Islands Plan setting out the priorities for helping Scotland’s islands has been published for consideration by the Scottish Parliament.

The Planner

RTPI launches mental health training resource

The RTPI has launched a free online training resource to give planners a better understanding of the link between good planning and mental health.

The Planner

Mixed fortunes for capital developments

There have been mixed fortunes for two major Edinburgh developments where councillors went against advice from officers this week: canal side flats proposed for a site at Fountainbridge were rejected while 394 student flats earmarked for a site in Gorgie were approved.

Edinburgh Evening News

Aberdeen Harbour project delayed

Completion of a major expansion of Aberdeen Harbour has been delayed by around a year because of technical challenges with the dredging programme for the £350 million project.

BBC News

Falkirk homes boost

More than 1,800 additional social housing homes are planned to be provided across the Falkirk Council area over the next five years, according to the local authority’s latest strategic housing investment plan.

Falkirk Council

Government closes on site for Barlinnie Prison replacement

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has been told that a deal to buy land at Provan gasworks for a replacement for Glasgow’s notorious Barlinnie prison is in its final stages and will be fully funded by the Scottish Government.

BBC News

Angus landowner in hot water over illegal Cairngorms track

An Angus landowner has been ordered to remove an unauthorised section of vehicle track in Glen Clova by the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

BBC News

Marine industry hub makes waves by the Clyde

West Dunbartonshire Council has approved the first phase of marine services company Malin Group’s proposed marine industry park at Old Kilpatrick on the river Clyde at a former oil storage facility in the shadow of the Erskine Bridge.

The Scotsman

NPF 3 monitoring report

The government has published a progress report on the third National Planning Framework.

Scottish Government

Council backs down over homes near Inverness nature reserve

Highland Council has decided not to proceed with an affordable housing project of 35 new homes adjacent to the Merkinch Nature Reserve in Inverness amid concerns from the community.

Scottish Housing News

Lewis wind farm funds thousands of trees for the Hebrides

A scheme set up by a community wind farm charity on the Isle of Lewis will see 100,000 trees planted across the Outer Hebrides by the end of next year, dwarfing national efforts by the UK Government.

The Scotsman

Falkirk growth deal move

Falkirk Council has submitted a formal bid to the Scottish and UK governments for a £240 million growth deal, which includes proposals for a Falkirk and Grangemouth Investment Zone.

Falkirk Council

Kessock Bridge listed

The Drochaid Ceasaig (Kessock Bridge) near Inverness has been awarded category B status by Historic Environment Scotland after it was recognised as being of special architectural interest.

Historic Environment Scotland

Student housing scheme approved near Murrayfield Stadium

York-based property firm S Harrison has won planning approval to build a 394-bedroom student housing development near Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium.

Glasgow Herald

Scottish Planning Policy research published

The government has published research into how effective existing policies set out in Scottish Planning Policy are in influencing the preparation of local development plans and determining planning applications.

Scottish Government