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Scotland round-up: New Cairngorms National Park blueprint makes waves; Investing in Scotland’s tourism sector

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 1 April-7 April, 2017

New Cairngorms National Park blueprint makes waves

A blueprint for managing the largest national park in the UK for the next five years is set to be discussed by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) before going to the Scottish Government for approval.

The Planner

Investing in Scotland’s tourism sector

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed plans by Marriott International, which will see the organisation open seven new hotels in Scotland and grow room count by almost 75 per cent.

Scottish Government

Planning decision times published

The latest quarterly statistics on planning applications decided in October to December 2016 suggest the average decision time for local developments was three days slower than the previous quarter, but one day faster than the equivalent quarter in the previous year.

Scottish Government

Scottish Land Commission formally established

The new Scottish Land Commission has been formally established and has begun its work. Based in Inverness, it was set up as part of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 to review law and policy and make recommendations to the government.

BBC News

Fears over nationwide ripple effect from film studio decision

There has been a mixed response to the news that ministers approved proposals for a £250 million studio complex on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Environmental campaigners say communities across the country should be fearful after the go ahead for the project at a green belt location while business leaders have applauded the move.

The Scotsman

Green light for new housing development in Aberlady

East Lothian Council has granted planning permission for 107 homes at Aberlady, on land owned by Wemyss and March Estates.

Scottish Housing News

Plans for £112m housing development would leave Giffnock without park

A suburban community in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire would be ‘robbed’ of a public park under plans by a private developer to build a 400-home £112 million development, it has been claimed.

Herald Scotland

4,000 acres of Scottish woodland go on sale for £11.25m 

Nearly 1,620 hectares of Scotland’s forests have been put up for sale. The ten forests, located throughout Scotland from Inverness-shire to Dumfries and Galloway, boast spruce plantations, wind turbines and areas which can be used for sporting activities such as shooting.

The Scotsman

Scaled-back Galloway Hills wind farm plan submitted

A renewable energy developer has submitted a revised plan for a proposed wind farm in the Galloway Hills. It would see 12 turbines constructed – four fewer than previously planned.

BBC News

Hawick business boost plans agreed

The Scottish Government has agreed to council proposals on how to spend more than £3.6 million to boost economic development in Hawick.

BBC News

Council plans crackdown on Airbnb in Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Council has announced action to introduce a planning regime to control the leasing or renting of private homes for more than 90 days a year in a move designed to strengthen the regulation of Airbnb activity in the capital.

Edinburgh Evening News

Dundee plots new arena to bolster culture capital bid

A new events arena is being lined up for Dundee to bolster its attempt to become European Capital of Culture.

The Scotsman

Electric charging points to be installed at Lothian stations

Fourteen charging points are being installed at stations in the Lothians as part of a drive to improve the availability of electric car charging points in stations.

Edinburgh Evening News

Travelodge eyes 21 more hotel sites across Scotland

Budget hotel operator Travelodge has confirmed it is eyeing a further 21 sites across Scotland for its chain of facilities.

The Scotsman

Sheriffhall bypass flyover plan revealed

The preferred option for the Sheriffhall improvement scheme involving a new flyover on the currently highly congested A720 Edinburgh City Bypass has been announced.

Edinburgh Evening News

Urgent action needed to stop damaging impact of deer

Scotland’s wild deer population is threatening the future of natural woodlands and action needs to be taken “as a matter of urgency”, a Scottish Parliament report has claimed.

Scottish Parliament

Peat extraction given green light at Midlothian site

Conservationists have criticised councillors for giving the green light to remove millions of cubic metres of peat for compost from Midlothian.

BBC News

Former Glasgow nightclub to be turned into offices 

A former nightclub in Glasgow’s Queen Street is set to be transformed into speculative office space.

The Scotsman

Plans to redevelop Aberdeen's George Street

Plans to redevelop part of George Street in Aberdeen have been submitted to the city council.

BBC News

Student accommodation plans rejected

Proposals to build a seven-storey student accommodation block next to Glasgow’s iconic Mackintosh building have been rejected by the city council.

Herald Scotland

Ministers refuse to call in Royal High revamp bids

Plans to turn the old Royal High School into a luxury hotel will not be called in by the government, it has emerged.

Edinburgh Evening News

City and region deals views sought

A Holyrood committee has called for views on city and region deals as it begins its research into economic growth initiatives.

Scottish Parliament

Scotland’s Natural Capital Asset Index published

Scotland’s plants, animals, air, water and soils – which combine to deliver a wide range of benefits to people – are showing signs of recovery, according to new information just published by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Scottish Natural Heritage