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Scotland round-up: Mixed-use complex set to expand Scottish capital’s financial district; Glasgow co-living plans submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 3 March-9 March, 2018

Mixed-use complex set to expand Scottish capital’s financial district

Edinburgh City Council’s development management committee has been recommended to approve in principle a mixed-use office and hotel complex known as Exchange 2, a potentially significant expansion of the capital’s financial district.

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International Women’s Day 2018

Each year The Planner marks International Women’s Day with an update to our (increasingly popular) Women of Influence list and a variety of articles that discuss gender in planning and highlight the achievements of women in planning. 2018 is no different.

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Report: Safety fears tend to forestall women’s journeys in cities

Walking and cycling charity Sustrans has called for equal representation in transport planning and delivery to help address the low number of women who travel actively in the UK.

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RenewableUK vows to have 30% women speakers at events

On International Women’s Day (8 March) the trade body for wind, wave and tidal energy industries RenewableUK pledged to ensure that at least 30 per cent of the speakers, panellists and chairs at its events are women.

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Glasgow co-living project

Glasgow city centre is set to have a £40 million co-living building that will provide a gateway to the Merchant City and a focal point for regeneration of the East End under plans submitted by developers that include shops, offices and restaurants as well as 401 private-rent bedrooms for students and young professionals.

Scottish Construction Now

No call-in for Aberdeen FC stadium project

Aberdeen City Council’s decision to approve Aberdeen Football Club’s new stadium at Kingsford will not be called in by ministers, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

Scottish Construction Now

MSPs warn of environmental damage of salmon farming

Scotland's marine ecosystem faces ‘irrecoverable damage’ from salmon farming if environmental concerns are not addressed, warn MSPs.

Scottish Parliament

Aberdeen plans 2,000 council houses

Aberdeen City Council is to develop plans for the delivery of 2,000 new council homes following this week’s annual budget meeting.

Aberdeen City Council

Council buys Cockenzie power plant site

East Lothian Council has been successful in its bid to purchase the former Cockenzie Power Station site, which will form a key part of the planned economic growth of the area.

Edinburgh Evening News

Leith development proposals

S1 Developments has submitted proposals for a residential and commercial development in Leith, featuring 237 properties in four separate buildings of seven to 13 storeys with panoramic views back to the city and out over the Firth of Forth.

The Scotsman

Western Isles links progress

Ambitious plans to bind the scattered Western Isles together with a network of bridges and causeways are making progress.

Glasgow Herald

New homes for the isle of Lewis

Hebridean Housing Partnership and Western Isles Council are preparing plans for a £20 million project to build a care home and 50 homes on the isle of Lewis, according to reports.

Scottish Housing News

Skye housing plans

Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association plans to provide more than 200 affordable properties across its area by 2023.

BBC News

Key appointment for Edinburgh transformation project

Daisy Narayanan, director deputy of Sustrans Scotland and one of Scotland’s leading placemaking and transport experts has been appointed to head a major city centre transformation project for the capital.

Edinburgh City Council

Tram extension body count

The remains of around 200 bodies dating back hundreds of years and currently buried in the graveyard at South Leith Parish Church may have to be exhumed if current plans to extend Edinburgh’s tram network to Newhaven are given the final go-ahead.

Scottish Construction Now

Affordable homes for Clydebank

Cube Housing Association and West Dunbartonshire Council have unveiled plans to deliver 126 new affordable homes on the 3.1-hectare site of a former school in Clydebank.

Scottish Housing News

CPO move threat

A multimillionaire land-owning Tory MSP has tabled an amendment that would delete part of the government’s forestry bill.

Glasgow Herald

Edinburgh top UK city for hotels

Global real estate adviser Colliers International has named Edinburgh as the UK’s top city for hotel development.

Scottish Construction Now

Selkirk bypass talks

Fresh talks are planned in a long-running bid to see a bypass built around the Scottish Borders town of Selkirk.

BBC News

Investor pulls out of Edinburgh’s Haymarket project

A major £200 million development near Edinburgh's Haymarket rail station has hit a significant problem now one of the companies involved has put its stake in the mixed-use offices, hotel and retail scheme up for sale.

Glasgow Herald

Sporting and fitness proposals for Edinburgh Park scheme

New football pitches, tennis courts and a yoga and pilates health suite have been proposed for a 17-hectare area of the massive Edinburgh Park project by developers Parabola.  

Edinburgh Evening News