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Scotland round-up: New five-year air quality strategy out for consultation; Ravenscraig railhead logistics hub proposal outlined

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 31 October-6 November, 2020

New five-year air quality strategy out for consultation

Scottish ministers have published for consultation a new draft strategy for delivering further air quality improvements over the next five years.

The Planner

Ravenscraig railhead logistics hub proposal outlined

Logistics company Russell Group has unveiled proposals to create hundreds of jobs at a £200 million development at Ravenscraig involving the construction of a railhead logistics hub.  

Scottish Construction Now

Lanarkshire hydrogen production plant

Scottish energy firm Hy2Go is working up plans for a pioneering £45 million commercial hydrogen production plant near Glasgow at Lesmahagow in Lanarkshire, which would have its own wind turbines and solar panels feeding a nine megawatt hydrogen electrolyser.

Scottish Construction Now

Monkton homes backed

Barratt Homes West Scotland has cited widespread support for its proposed development of 300 new homes at Monkton, which is due to be considered next week by South Ayrshire Council.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow housing scheme

Lovell Homes has submitted a detailed planning application to Glasgow City Council for 47 flats and houses at a former B&Q site near Hogganfield Loch, in the north-east of the city.

Scottish Construction Now

Langholm buyout makes the grade

The south of Scotland’s largest community buyout is set to go ahead now that the community of Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway has successfully raised the final funds needed to buy 5,000 acres of land from Buccleuch Estates. The area will become a huge new nature facility – known as the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve – to help tackle climate change, restore nature, and support community regeneration.

The Scotsman

Scottish Borders Council LDP

Public consultation, mainly online, is now under way over the Scottish Border Council’s proposed new local development plan (LDP).

Scottish Borders Council

Regional land use partnerships urged

Regional land use partnerships will be central to tackling climate change and the post Covid-19 economic recovery, the Scottish Land Commission has told ministers.

Scottish Land Commission

Maryhill community sees off development threat

A community campaign to protect former playing fields in the Maryhill area of Glasgow from developers has succeeded after a 25-year battle, owing to a community asset transfer just agreed with the city council.

BBC News

Biodiversity initiative

Proposals to commission a Scottish Centre of Expertise in Biodiversity have been announced by the government as part of a new draft strategy for the environment, natural resources and agricultural research programme which is out for consultation.

Scottish Government

Musselburgh care village complex approved

Proposals for a care village with extensive communal facilities at Inveresk in Musselburgh have been approved by East Lothian Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Digital planning strategy shapes up

The government has published a tranche of material about its digital strategy for planning, a five-year programme due to be launched in spring 2021, on its Transformingplanning.scot platform.

Scottish Government