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Scotland round-up: New game plan to safeguard Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site; Aberdeen quarry scheme submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 24 March-30 March, 2018

New game plan to safeguard Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site

The City of Edinburgh Council has launched a fresh strategy for Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns World Heritage Site.

The Planner

Aberdeen quarry scheme submitted

The company behind plans for 299 private rented flats and a public promenade at the now-disused Rubislaw Quarry, the source of much of Aberdeen’s building material, has applied for permission for the scheme. Toronto-based developer Carttera's vision includes a gym, bistro and heritage facility.

Scottish Construction Now

Glasgow pitches for TV role

Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, has announced that it will formally pitch to host a new headquarters for Channel 4 in a move which could see a significant portion of the UK’s television industry relocating north of the border.

Glasgow Herald

Population growth

Scotland’s population growth over the next 10 years is projected to be predominantly in the central belt and urban areas, and mostly because of migration patterns, according to figures published by National Records of Scotland.

Scottish Government

Dundee leisure development

A nine-screen cinema complex, a hotel and residential accommodation are being planned as part of a £24 million leisure development in Dundee city centre at a derelict brownfield site at Greenmarket.

Scottish Construction Now

Craigmillar homes plan

A new deal between developer The EDI Group and housebuilder Taylor Wimpey is set to regenerate a key brownfield site in Edinburgh with 169 new homes at Greendykes South, near Craigmillar.

Scottish Housing News

Blairgowrie project backed

Perth and Kinross Council has approved Westpark Partnership’s application to build 400 houses, as well as new retail and business space, on the western edge of Blairgowrie.

Scottish Housing News

Green light for West Lothian Aldi distribution facility

Supermarket chain Aldi has been given the green light for the £25 million expansion of its regional distribution centre in West Lothian, which involves some 18,200 square metres of storage and chill facilities in Bathgate.

BBC News

Peebles tourism boost

Scottish Borders Council has approved multimillion-pound tourism expansion plans at Glentress, near Peebles, including some 50 new eco-cabins and 16 kilometres of new trails.

BBC News

SEPA drops Sutherland golf course objections

Plans for a controversial golf course earmarked for the Scottish Highlands have overcome a major hurdle after Scotland’s environmental regulator dropped its objections. The project is for an 18-hole championship course at Coul Links near Embo in East Sutherland.

The Scotsman

More social homes for Craigmillar

Planning permission has been approved for a further 194 affordable and low-cost homes at Craigmillar town centre, part of a major regeneration project in South East Edinburgh.

Scottish Housing News

Trump turbine irritant project makes progress

Work has begun on a North Sea wind turbine development off Aberdeen which was opposed by Donald Trump because of its impact on his golf resort at Menie on the Aberdeenshire coast.

BBC News

Making rail stations bike-friendly

Scotland's railway stations will soon be more bike-friendly, thanks to a new initiative that will see £400,000 spent on improving access and facilities for cyclists at the country’s railway stations.

The Scotsman

Leith development worries Welsh

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh has warned that his native Leith is at risk of being ruined by the ‘crass exploitation’ of property developers as he called for an under-threat live music venue in the area to be saved.

Edinburgh Evening News

Aberdeen decommissioning development

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre and the University of Aberdeen have teamed up to launch a multimillion-pound decommissioning ‘centre of excellence’ based at the Oceanlab facility in Aberdeenshire.

The Scotsman

Dolphin numbers improve

The bottlenose dolphin population is now stable in the Moray Firth; an increase in numbers on the east coast has been noted in a report by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Tweed bridge move

A milestone in the campaign to secure the status of the historic Union Chain Bridge, which spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe in England and Fishwick in Scotland, has been reached now that Heritage Lottery Funding for the project has been approved.

Scottish Borders Council

Experts quit pollution role

Two experts advising Nicola Sturgeon on how to reduce pollution in Scotland have quit her clean air strategy team after accusing the administration of lacking ambition.

Glasgow Herald

Revised masterplan submitted for Ravenscraig

Ravenscraig Ltd has submitted a new masterplan for the former Ravenscraig steelworks near Motherwell, which outlines proposals for 'high quality' housing, two primary schools, a park and a range of other community and commercial facilities.

Scottish Construction Now

Plans for South Queensferry new builds granted

Developers Taylor Wimpey have been given planning permission to build nearly 350 new homes, 85 of which will be affordable, at South Queensferry.

Edinburgh Evening News

Detailed plans for Union Terrace Gardens approved

The £22 million transformation of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens is poised to start this year after the detailed planning application was unanimously approved by the city council.

Aberdeen City Council

Zero-emission buses for Dundee

Twelve hydrogen fuel cell electric buses are to hit the streets of Dundee as part of a €25 million European project.

Dundee City Council