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Scotland round-up: New Kirkcaldy neighbourhood, regeneration for Scottish towns

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 1 November-7 November, 2014

Athletes Village in Glasgow scoops gold

The Commonwealth Games Athletes Village in Glasgow scooped gold at this year’s Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning, held in Edinburgh on Thursday night.

The Planner

Fife Council approves new neighbourhood for Kirkaldy

A significant expansion of the Fife town of Kirkcaldy has been green-lit, paving the way for delivery of more than 1,000 homes, a primary school, shops and community centre.

The Planner 

'Milestones' reached in regeneration of town centres

A report has highlighted progress on the regeneration of Scottish town centres.

The Planner 

New body for Scotland’s heritage

The Scottish Parliament has completed its consideration of the legislation needed to set up a new body to oversee the management and protection of Scotland’s built and historic heritage. The Historic Environment Scotland Bill, which still needs Royal Assent, will bring together Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and will combine their functions.

Scottish Government 

Advocates Close named Scotland's 'best building'

The restoration of a narrow backstreet in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town has won the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award. The development saw nine listed buildings transformed into commercial, office and residential spaces.

BBC News 

Public Engagement for Wind Turbine Proposals - Good Practice Guidance

The Scottish Government has published for consultation draft good practice guidance for public engagement with wind turbine proposals.

Scottish Government

Plans to develop Prestwick Airport unveiled

Prestwick airport’s long-awaited development blueprint has been published. The document stakes the Ayrshire airport’s future on bids – possibly ill-timed in the light of the Virgin Galactic crash in California – to become the UK’s first spaceport, while admitting there is no immediate prospect of a major revival of air passengers.

The Scotsman

Wind energy could power 3m homes

October was a "bumper month" for renewable energy in Scotland, with wind power alone producing more than enough electricity to meet the needs of every home in the country, say campaigners.

Fife Today 

Scotland's largest graffiti art project under way in Edinburgh

The first stage of what will become Scotland's largest street art project has begun as more than 60 street and graffiti artists team up at Edinburgh's New Waverley construction site to produce one of the largest public artworks of its kind in the UK, combining permanent art with "an ever-changing tableau of graffiti art".

BBC News 

Aberdeen travelling people by-law plan rejected

Proposals by Aberdeen City Council to introduce a by-law banning unauthorised encampments of travelling people have been rejected by the Scottish Government.

BBC News