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21/01/2016

Scotland round-up: Ministers strengthen flagship land reform legislation; Transport minister refreshes National Transport Strategy

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 16 January-22 January, 2016

Ministers strengthen flagship land reform legislation

Land reform minister Aileen McLeod has moved a slew of amendments designed to strengthen the administration’s landmark Land Reform Bill, currently at committee stage in the Scottish Parliament.

The Planner 

Boost to house building could create 40,000 jobs in Scotland 

Homes for Scotland are calling on the next Scottish Government to “manage a return” to pre-recession levels of building, which could create 40,000 Scottish jobs by the end of the next Parliament.

The Planner

Phil Williams becomes RTPI president

Phil Williams has been inaugurated as president of the RTPI at a ceremony held in London.

The Planner

Chief planner writes to heads of planning (pdf)

The government’s chief planner John McNairney has written to planning authorities highlighting the importance of aligning planning and roads construction consents.

Scottish Government 

Transport minister launches National Transport Strategy refresh

Transport minister Derek Mackay has published an update on the national transport strategy which was originally launched in 2006.

Scottish Government

Dundee waterfront roads plan ‘on budget’

The infrastructure for Dundee’s waterfront redevelopment project is being completed ahead of schedule and on budget, the government has revealed.

BBC News

Wanlockhead community buyout considered

Residents of Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village have met to take forward their plans for a community buyout.

BBC News 

Population of Scotland’s islands on the rise

High quality of life is leading more people to join the 103,700 permanent residents on Scotland’s main islands.

The Scotsman

Barratt lays out plans for 1,400 homes and 300 new jobs

House builder Barratt Developments has unveiled plans to open more than a dozen new sites across Scotland, including developments in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. The firm said the 14 sites involved will create 1,420 new homes as well as support local sub-contractors and tradesmen. The locations include Haddington, Linwood, Strathaven and Newmachar and come as Barratt targets 16,750 completions for the whole of 2016.

The Scotsman

£60m completion of motorway link road in Glasgow’s east end given green light

The completion of major carriage way cutting through Glasgow's east end and linking two of the country's busiest stretches of motorway has been be given the go-ahead.

Herald Scotland

Edinburgh tram inquiry cost hits £2 million

The cost of the public inquiry into problems that dogged construction of the capital’s tramline has jumped above £2 million.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh’s St John’s Road is Scotland’s most polluted street

Edinburgh’s St John’s Road has been revealed as the most polluted street in Scotland.

The Scotsman

New plans for hydro scheme in protected Highland landscape set to be opposed by campaigners

Residents and campaigners are to mount a challenge to fresh plans for a hydro power scheme in an area of outstanding beauty and national scientific importance in the Wester Ross area of the Highlands.

Herald Scotland

East Lothian cycle path campaign gets boost from Westminster and Holyrood

Campaigners for a cycle path at the centre of one of the longest-running right of way disputes in Scotland have been backed by politicians.

Herald Scotland

Revised Bay of Nigg Development Framework agreed

Aberdeen City councilors have agreed a revised planning framework for the Bay of Nigg area of Aberdeen after a six-week public consultation.

Aberdeen City Council

Consultation on Blackness development area

The future of one of Dundee’s economic development areas – Blackness – is currently the subject of public consultation.

Dundee City Council

High speed Glasgow-Edinburgh rail link plans ‘shelved’

Plans for a high-speed rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh will now have to wait for a cross-border line to be identified, ministers have said.

BBC News

Campaigners denounce failure to cut Scots’ car use

Ministers have failed to persuade Scots to switch from cars to greener transport over the past decade, according to the Scottish government’s latest update on its transport strategy. Road traffic has increased by 2 per cent since 2006 while 6 per cent fewer people are travelling by public transport, says the progress report.

The Scotsman

Aberdeen City Deal

A multi-million pound city deal to support Aberdeen's position in the oil and gas industry should be agreed as a matter of urgency, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told Prime Minister David Cameron.

Scottish Government

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