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Scotland round-up: National Trust warns that planning system is failing to protect Scotland’s heritage; Trump’s Aberdeenshire resort damaged dunes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 28 July- 3 August, 2018

National Trust warns that planning system is failing to protect Scotland’s heritage

The National Trust for Scotland has claimed that the planning system is riding roughshod over the country’s natural and historic heritage – citing developments proposed for Culloden and approval for the Coul Links golf project at Embo in Sutherland as examples.

The Planner

Trump’s Aberdeenshire resort damaged dunes

US president Donald Trump’s family business partially destroyed legally protected sand dunes in Scotland when it built its golf resort north of Aberdeen, according to Scottish Natural Heritage reports released in response to a Freedom of Information request.

The Scotsman

Giant Glasgow sewer scheme operational

Scotland’s biggest single largest piece of sewer infrastructure is now operational following the formal opening of the £100 million Shieldhall Tunnel project in Glasgow.

Scottish Water

Car-dependent developments panned

Housing developers are locking people into unhealthy and expensive car-dependent lifestyles by failing to provide infrastructure or access to healthier travel options including walking, cycling or car sharing, according to research from charity Living Streets Scotland.

Living Streets Scotland

Fears for Aberdeen’s Union Square

Former council planning chiefs have called for the expansion of Union Square to be axed to prevent Aberdeen’s historic heart becoming “a wasteland”.

Aberdeen Press & Journal

Population ageing and rising

Scotland’s population is growing and ageing, according to a report published this week by National Records of Scotland which also highlighted that life expectancy has stalled and some areas of the country face depopulation.

Scottish Government

South Lanarkshire flood barrier initiative

South Lanarkshire Council has successfully tested a new mobile flood barrier that it will now deploy to help protect people, property and infrastructure.

South Lanarkshire Council

Bank branch move

Banks could be offered shared space in community buildings as a way of keeping banking services and staff in rural areas, a report from the Highlands and Islands Enterprise has proposed as bank branch closures gather pace across the country.

BBC News

Rubislaw Quarry flats appeal

Toronto-based Carttera, the developer behind rejected plans for 299 new flats at Rubislaw Quarry in Aberdeen, has appealed to the Scottish government.

Scottish Construction Now

Edinburgh Airbnb licensing regime outlined

Edinburgh's council leader Adam McVey has outlined minimum standards the council would expect from a licensing regime for short term Airbnb-style lets if the government allows the local authority to act.

BBC News

Ardersier port moves

Highland Council has been notified of the potential for a renewed bid for planning permission for new port facilities near Ardersier on the Moray Firth, which could involve the dredging of a channel, quay realignment and the erection of industrial and storage buildings.

BBC News