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Scotland round-up: MSPs probe Crown Estate Bill; Call-in for Edinburgh village project

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 10 February-16 February, 2018

MSPs probe Crown Estate Bill

The Scottish Parliament has begun canvassing views on the government’s recently introduced Crown Estate Bill.

The Planner

Call-in for Edinburgh village project

Proposals by Sir David Murray's company to create a £450 million village with 1,250 new homes as part of a new ‘Garden District’ on the outskirts of Edinburgh have been called in by ministers.

Herald Scotland

Bishopbriggs housing appeal success

CALA Homes (West) has successfully appealed against East Dunbartonshire Council’s refusal of its proposed development of 136 homes at Meadowburn, Bishopbriggs, subject to the relevant planning agreement being completed.

Scottish Construction Now

Historic Environment Scotland investment and managements plans

Historic Environment Scotland has unveiled its latest £12 million investment plan for some of the country’s most iconic sites alongside its asset management strategy for the continued conservation, management and maintenance of the 600 buildings and monuments it is responsible for.

Historic Environment Scotland

Cliff Hague rips into planning bill

Proposed changes to the planning system will hand power to developers eager to accrue eye-watering bonuses, argues Professor Cliff Hague, chair of the Cockburn Association and a past president of the RTPI.

The Scotsman

Ulva island buyout

The administration has given its backing to a £4.2 million community bid to purchase the island of Ulva and the adjacent Ulva Ferry port on Mull.

Scottish Housing News

Turbines a turn-off for tourists?

Wind farms erected in scenic landscapes could be a turn-off for tourists, according to a report carried out for Mountaineering Scotland.

The Scotsman

Greens urge more regulation of Airbnb-type lets

The government has been urged by the Scottish Greens to consider a licensing scheme or a new ‘use class order’ to ensure that councils have more powers to regulate the growth in short-term lets, particularly in Edinburgh.

The Scotsman

New homes and new distillery for Guardbridge

Persimmon Homes has applied to Fife Council to build 357 new homes at Seggie Farm, in Guardbridge on a site next to the A9l. In a separate move, proposals have been submitted to transform a former paper mill in the village into a new distillery and brewery.

Fife Today and Scottish Construction Now

Hawick wind farm hearing

The public inquiry into proposals for a 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick, opposed by Scottish Borders Council, will start on 5 March at Minto Golf Club.

BBC News

Ban urged over Edinburgh advertising boards

A-boards and signs that clutter up pavements should be banned from Edinburgh's streets, claims a leading conservation body.

Glasgow Herald

Satellites to monitor loch water quality

Satellites will be used to monitor the quality of water in Scotland’s lochs as part of a pioneering new project.

The Scotsman

College application for St Andrews

A planning application to build a new Madras College at Langlands, in St Andrews, has been lodged with Fife Council.

Fife Today

Design board members sought

Ministers are looking to appoint up to two new members to the Board of Architecture & Design Scotland (A&DS).

Architecture and Design Scotland

Backing for gold and silver mine project

Proposals to open up a full-scale gold and silver mine in the mountains near Tyndrum has won the backing of the planning director at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority.

BBC News

Fight to save Portobello art deco cinema

Campaigners battling to save the art deco former George Cinema in Portobello from demolition to make way for flats have submitted a rival plan to turn the building into a cinema and community and arts hub.

Glasgow Herald