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11/06/2015

Scotland round-up: Minister promises further planning reforms, climate change action heats up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning powers in Scotland: 6 June-12 June, 2015

Minister promises more planning reforms

This week Scottish planning minister Alex Neil signalled further reforms to the planning system designed to improve and streamline development planning and housing delivery. 

The Planner

‘A blueprint for Scotland’s future’ published

Scotland needs to build 23,000 new homes a year and the Scottish government should fund an affordable housing programme of 7,000 units annually, an independent commission urges in a report.

Commission on Housing and Wellbeing

Climate change action heats up

The government has unveiled a package of measures including a major drive to make buildings more energy efficient as it announced progress towards meeting the country’s ambitious 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Scottish Government

Midlothian and Borders businesses advised to ‘embrace the railway’

A report on the economic opportunities of the train line between the Borders and Edinburgh urges tourism businesses to make better use of the new transport infrastructure.

BBC News

Disappointment as ‘soulless’ student accommodation given go-ahead

A controversial planning application for student accommodation in St Leonard’s Street, Edinburgh, has been approved after an appeal.

STV

New Inverness road layouts released

Plans for new road layouts around Inverness have been released.

BBC News

Wind farm can ‘restore Flow Country peatland’

Power company SSE has insisted that its plans for a wind farm on the famous Flow Country peatlands in the north of Scotland will include extensive restoration of damaged land.

The Scotsman

Scots Nazi PoW camp could become holiday hostel

The former Second World War high-security camp at Cultybraggan, near Comrie in Perthshire, is set to become arguably the country’s most unusual tourist accommodation under proposals supported by Historic Scotland.

The Scotsman

Dundee pupils redesign city waterfront with Minecraft

Dundee school pupils have put forward their designs for the future of the city’s waterfront using the popular video game Minecraft in a project led by the city council and the university.

BBC News

Progress for MPA network

Cabinet secretary for the environment Richard Lochhead has announced four draft Marine Conservation Orders for Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura, Small Isles, South Arran, and Wester Ross Marine Protection Areas as he outlined progress on statutory protection for vulnerable habitats.

Scottish Government

Green heating plan

The administration has published a green heating strategy.

The Scotsman

Plans for five quarries between Carsphairn and Sanquhar

Five new quarries could be opened in the south-west of Scotland to provide stone for temporary access tracks needed to construct new overhead power lines.

BBC News

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