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Scotland round-up: More consultation for key Edinburgh city centre redevelopment; New regulations to keep planning functioning head to Parliament 

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 11 April-17 April, 2020

More consultation for key Edinburgh city centre redevelopment

New artist’s impressions of one of Edinburgh city centre’s largest redevelopments were released this week by the developers as part of the latest round of public consultation, now being held online.

The Planner

Covid-19: Emergency fund for UK heritage

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced an emergency £50 million fund to support heritage during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

The Planner

New regulations to keep planning in Scotland functioning head to Parliament 

The administration has laid regulations in the Scottish Parliament – due to come into force on 24 April – to keep planning functioning during the Covid-19 outbreak. Measures include the temporary steps to suspend the need for public events in pre-application consultation, local review bodies meeting in public and hard copies of EIA reports in physical places. Guidance on all of this is promised soon.

Scottish Government

Glasgow hotel scheme backed

Artisan Real Estate has been given the green light by the city council to demolish a vacant Glasgow office block on St Vincent Street and replace it with a 252-bed, 14-storey hotel.

Scottish Construction Now

Pitlochry hotel proposal

Riverstone Developments has submitted proposals to Perth & Kinross Council for a 105-bedroom Premier Inn hotel in Pitlochry on land west of the town’s Bridge Road.

Scottish Construction Now

Community land ownership report 

Scotland should look to countries as diverse as Norway, the US and Mexico as it moves to shift power away from private landowners and towards communities, according to a report compiled for the Scottish Land Commission. 

Scottish Land Commission

North Uist spaceport direction

The government has directed Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (the Western Isles Council) that if it is minded to approve proposals for the Isle of North Uist spaceport ministers should be notified so they can consider intervening. 

Scottish Government

New planning legislation enacted driven by pandemic

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 has come into force. The legislation includes provisions for extending duration of planning permissions about to expire, publishing planning documents online rather than at physical locations, and allowing authorities to exclude people from meetings for public health reasons.

Scottish Government

Gretna housing

Alba Developments has submitted a detailed planning application to Dumfries & Galloway Council for 200 new homes, 20 per cent of which would be affordable, on part of the old golf course in the village of Gretna.

Scottish Construction Now

Fife moots developer contributions for health and social care

Developers could be required to make a financial contribution towards health and social care facilities when schemes are approved in Fife as a result of proposed new policies in the draft local development plan.

Scottish Construction Now

Listed Montrose mill conversion

A historic vacant grade-B listed mill in Montrose is set to be transformed into affordable housing after Angus Council gave the go-ahead for the scheme involving 26 flats. 

BBC News

Castle Craig safeguarding

The owners of crumbling Castle Craig, the ruined tower overlooking the Cromarty Firth, have announced proposals to safeguard the Black Isle landmark. 

Glasgow Herald

Go-ahead for Bannockburn luxury tree house

A luxury tree house is to be built in Bannockburn after Stirling Council gave conditional approval for the studio lodge as ancillary accommodation for a cottage in Muiralehouse Road.

Scottish Construction Now

Hydrogen moves

The Glasgow Herald has highlighted Scotland’s moves to lead the push for greener vehicle fuels as the first Central Belt public hydrogen refuelling facility was officially opened.

Glasgow Herald