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01/05/2020

Scotland round-up: Mountain resort plan surfaces as highest village heads for community buyout; Latest Covid-19 planning moves

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 25 April-1 May, 2020

Mountain resort plan surfaces as highest village heads for community buyout

Ambitious proposals to develop the area around Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village, as a mountain resort have surfaced as part of initiatives involving the community buyout of 1,563 hectares of land from the Queensberry Estate from leading Scottish landowner the Duke of Buccleuch.

The Planner

Co-housing scheme wins RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup

A co-housing scheme in Cambridge has been awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup at the 2020 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence, held on YouTube.

The Planner

Latest Covid-19 planning moves

The administration has published its promised guidance note on emergency changes to pre-application consultation requirements including expectations about the replacement of the public events with alternative, web-based approaches. In a separate but further Covid-19 move, regulations have come into effect to amend the GPDO in respect of planning permission for certain medical developments required to reduce, mitigate or control the spread of the pandemic.

Scottish Government

Bridge of Don homes backed

City council officials have recommended approval of proposals for a 550-home neighbourhood between the Bridge of Don and Aberdeen beach.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow hotel approved

Artisan Real Estate has been given the green light by the city council to demolish a vacant Glasgow office block and replace it with a 16-storey hotel.

Scottish Construction Now

South Kyle wind farm deal

A £320 million deal has been agreed between infrastructure Fund Greencoat and Swedish-owned power company Vattenfall. It will see the 50-turbine South Kyle wind farm built near Dalmellington on a site that straddles the border between East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

BBC News

Go-ahead for Crieff housing

Councillors have given the green light for nearly 250 new dwellings proposed by Ogilvie Homes in Crieff as Perth & Kinross Council held its first development management committee meeting this week.

Scottish Housing News

Mixed-use Dundee scheme submitted

Plans to redevelop the former Locarno Works factory on Brown Street, Dundee, into a mixed-use scheme providing student accommodation, restaurants and shops have been submitted to the city council. 

BBC News

Brewery complex proposed for Glasgow’s West End

Proposals have been unveiled for a new brewery, home brew school, bar and restaurant on Finnieston’s Haugh Road in Glasgow’s West End.

Scottish Construction Now

Cairngorm housing

Colin Armstrong Architects has submitted a scheme to build 40 affordable and private homes on 5.6 hectares of grazing land in the village of Kincraig in the Cairngorms National Park.

Scottish Housing News

Call-in for Orkney community wind farm 

Orkney Island Council’s planning application for a community wind farm project at Quanterness has been called in by the Scottish Government at the local authority’s request.

Scottish Construction Now

Swedes propose bridge to NI plus wind turbines

Swedish architects have formally approached the government to propose that a bridge to Northern Ireland could be built and combined with 140 wind turbines to power thousands of homes.

Glasgow Herald

Glasgow housing sites sale

Ten council-owned sites across Glasgow are to be sold to housing associations to guarantee delivery of affordable homes once the lockdown is lifted.

Scottish Housing News

Capital development moves

Edinburgh City Council has revealed that it has determined 360 planning applications since lockdown began and that its development management sub-committee will start to meet again virtually from 20 May to consider significant planning applications. 

Edinburgh City Council

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