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Scotland round-up: MSPs urged to rethink finances of Scotland planning bill; Concentrated land ownership is bad for Scottish communities, says report

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 16 March-22 March, 2019

MSPs urged to rethink finances of Scotland planning bill

RTPI Scotland has urged MSPs to think about the ‘massive’ financial implication of the Planning (Scotland) Bill, which has just completed stage 2 in the Scottish Parliament.

The Planner

Stewart calls for planning bill to be ‘rescued’

Scottish planning minister Kevin Stewart has voiced his clearest warning yet about the financial implications of the Planning (Scotland) Bill as he called for cooperation from MSPs to ‘rescue’ the legislation.

The Planner

Scottish Government supports RTPI bursary

The Scottish Government has announced financial support for three RTPI bursaries at universities in Scotland.

The Planner

Concentrated land ownership is bad for Scottish communities, says report

The issue of concentrated land ownership is having significant impacts on communities across rural Scotland, according to a report just published by the Scottish Land Commission.

The Planner

Planners back Trump resort expansion

Planning officials have recommended that the Trump Organisation’s contentious plans to expand its inaugural Scottish golf resort at Balmedie in Aberdeenshire with a mixed-use housing-led development, including 500 new homes, should be allowed.

The Scotsman

Power link projects for the Shetland and Western Isles

Ofgem has announced that it is minded to approve a proposal by Scottish and Southern Energy Networks to build a 600-megawatt subsea electricity transmission link from Shetland to mainland Scotland. It would allow new wind farms on Shetland to export renewable electricity to the rest of mainland Britain but the UK energy regulator has said the company’s proposal for a separate but similar transmission link to the Western Isles will have to be revised.


Broomhouse homes approved for former zoo site

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s proposals for 204 new homes in Broomhouse on the outskirts of Glasgow at the site of the former Glasgow Zoo have been approved by the city council.

Scottish Construction Now

Benn Eighe NNR first for genetic conservation

The uniqueness of Beinn Eighe’s ancient Caledonian pine forest has been recognised with the establishment of the National Nature Reserve as the UK’s first area designated for genetic conservation.

Scottish Natural Heritage

West Edinburgh active travel plans

The public are being asked to have their say on significant cycling and walking improvements proposed for the west of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh City Council

Final approval for Highland wild land hydro projects

The Highland Council has approved proposals for three small-scale hydroelectric schemes in Glen Etive near Glencoe following a review in what was a test case for the status afforded to so-called ‘wild land’.

BBC News

Rail freight blueprint unveiled

Organisations involved in the country’s freight sector have launched a joint strategy to increase the amount of rail-borne freight to meet a target of 7.5 per cent growth set by the government last year. This will involve new guidance designed to protect the interests of rail freight during the preparation of development plans.

Network Rail

Former Glasgow garage flats scheme proposed to be car-free

Southside Housing Association has teamed up with AS Homes to propose 49 new flats at the site of a former garage in Glasgow’s Govanhill, which would have no car parking spaces.

Scottish Construction New

Mobile phone coverage concerns

Mobile phone coverage in Scotland will continue to lag the rest of the UK unless more ambitious targets are set, it has been claimed.

The National

Thumbs down from capital planners over nightclub flats scheme

Proposals by Square & Crescent to replace the former Studio 24 nightclub on Calton Road, Edinburgh, with 24 flats and commercial floor space have been recommended for refusal by city council officials.

Edinburgh Evening News

Fife planning makes progress

Fife Council’s Planning Service has continued to improve its performance, according to feedback from the government

Fife Council

Game of Thrones star launches £25m Princes Street Gardens transformation project

A £25 million campaign to help pay for a radical overhaul of part of Princes Street Gardens has been launched with the support of Game of Thrones star Iain Glen, who has recorded a voiceover for an animated film that has been unveiled to coincide with the kick-start to at least three years of fundraising.

The Scotsman

Go-ahead for Midlothian homes

Housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel has received planning permission to build the next phase of its flagship Millerhill housing development at Shawfair in Midlothian, where a further 243 new homes are proposed, 48 of them affordable.

Scottish Construction Now