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Scotland round-up: Ministers agree to determine Clydeside waterfront infrastructure project; A9 ‘electric highway’ plan

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 7 October-13 October, 2017

Ministers agree to determine Clydeside waterfront infrastructure project

The Scottish Government has confirmed that ministers will now determine the planning applications for the £90 million Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project following a request made by Renfrewshire Council, in agreement with Glasgow City Council and West Dunbartonshire.

The Planner

A9 ‘electric highway’ plan

Scotland's longest road – the A9 - is to be turned into an ‘electric highway’ under plans signalled by the administration.

BBC News

Government agency drops opposition to Edinburgh ‘garden district’

The government's Science and Advice for Agricultural Services agency has withdrawn an objection to Murray Estates’ proposed £1 billion ‘garden district’ in west Edinburgh.

The Scotsman

Pioneering low emission zone confirmed for Glasgow

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Glasgow will be the first Scottish city with a designated Low Emission Zone.

Scottish Government

New scheme to boost investment in housing

Housing and planning minister Kevin Stewart has announced the launch of a Rental Income Guarantee Scheme to boost new investment in private rented housing.  

Scottish Government

Aberdeen quarry development images revealed

The firm behind plans to redevelop Aberdeen’s Rubislaw Quarry, the source of much of the Granite City’s building material, has released new images of its £68 million project to develop the site with 300 flats.

Scottish Construction Now

Rural tourism infrastructure fund

The government is to establish a £6 million fund to provide investment in infrastructure to support sustainable rural tourism across Scotland.

Scottish Government

Budget hotel fear for Edinburgh iconic building

A couple battling to halt Edinburgh’s former Royal High School being handed over to hotel developers fear it will become a budget hotel unless a controversial deal with the city council is cancelled.

Edinburgh Evening News

Smiles all round for Dumfries

Dumfries has been identified as the happiest place to live in Scotland.

The Scotsman

Distilleries due to be revived

Drinks giant Diageo is bringing two of the ‘lost’ distilleries in Scotland back to life in a £35 million project involving the Port Ellen Distillery on Islay and the Brora Distillery on Speyside.

The Scotsman

Lochaber hydro project up and running

A new £14 million hydro scheme at Lochaber in the hills above Kinlocheven is now up and running.

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Moray Firth oil discovery

Norwegian energy giant Statoil has reported that a new discovery in the outer Moray Firth area of the North Sea could contain up to 130 million barrels of oil.

BBC News

Aberdeen neighbourhood centre makes waves

Plans have been approved by Aberdeen City Council for a neighbourhood centre as part of the next phase of the new community at Countesswells to the west of the city.

Scottish Construction Now

South Lanarkshire affordable homes strategy

A strategy which will underpin the development of thousands of new affordable homes in South Lanarkshire is being submitted to the government.

South Lanarkshire Council

Top award for capital’s tram company

Edinburgh Trams has won a top award for light rail system operators.

Edinburgh Evening News

Trumps golf courses in the rough

Losses at Donald Trump's Scottish golf courses have doubled to £19 million for 2016.

BBC News

Island buy-out moves on

A community group with ambitious plans to repopulate a Scottish island has become the latest organisation to benefit from right to buy powers.

Scottish Housing News

Right to roam challenge land owner loses estate

A tycoon who once tried to prevent ramblers using a right of way on his land has had his estate near Stirling sequestrated.

Glasgow Herald

Business leaders aid city deal moves

Business leaders from across Tayside and Fife have joined forces to help advise and direct the area’s cities deal bid.

Dundee City Council

Developer named for 800 new homes in Glasgow regeneration area

Glasgow City Council has named Keepmoat Homes as its preferred developer for more than 800 new homes as part of the regeneration of the Sighthill district.

Glasgow City Council

Greenock housing plan unveiled

River Clyde Homes has unveiled £19 million proposals to build more than 140 homes at a vacant site at the entrance to the James Watt Dock at Greenock.

Scottish Housing News