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Scotland round-up: New Land Reform Bill, renewables form biggest power source

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 22 November-28 November, 2014

Land Reform Bill in the frame

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced proposals to “clamp-down” on landowners who pose a barrier to development.

The Planner 

Renewables 'biggest power source'

Renewable power has overtaken nuclear to become the main source of electricity in Scotland, the latest figures from the UK government have indicated.

BBC News 

Sparks fly over SSE ‘mega-pylons’ in Highlands

Campaigners have raised concerns that plans for a new power line in the Highlands will lead to an unsightly stretch of “mega-pylons” erected across areas of outstanding natural beauty.

The Scotsman 

New-build housing completions at three-year high

A total of 4,583 new homes were completed in Scotland in April-June 2014, the highest quarterly figure since the final quarter of 2010, and 29 per cent higher than in the same quarter last year. 

Scottish Government 

Trust opposes plans for peat extraction in Fife

The Scottish Wildlife Trust is opposing plans for commercial peat extraction at a site near Mossmorran in Fife.

BBC News 

Household numbers projected to rise in most areas

Figures just published by the National Records of Scotland show that the number of households is projected to grow in the regions around Scotland’s biggest cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, where around three-quarters of the Scotland’s population live. The projected growth over the next 25 years ranges from 13 per cent in Glasgow and Clyde Valley to 28 per cent in Aberdeen City and Shire.

Scottish Government 

Funding for community renewable projects

Seventeen local energy projects from across Scotland have been awarded funding to support the development of green energy schemes, energy minister Fergus Ewing has announced. These include proposals to address grid constraints, innovative district heating schemes, hydrogen production and energy storage.

Scottish Government 

Wave power firm Pelamis calls in administrators

Pioneering wave power technology company Pelamis is calling in administrators after failing to secure development funding for its devices, which have been under test at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney for a number of years.

BBC News 

Refusal of 58-home Nethy Bridge plan applauded

Conservationists have welcomed the refusal of controversial plans for 58 new homes in a Cairngorms National Park community.

The Scotsman 

Charity’s aid call to block city-sized wind farm

The country’s largest conservation charity is calling for backing for a legal bid to reverse the Scottish Government decision to allow a city-sized wind farm to be built in a scenic part of the Highlands.

The Scotsman 

Holiday parks 'worth £700m to Scottish economy'

Holiday parks are worth more than £700 million to the Scottish economy, according to research by the Scottish Caravan and Camping Forum, which also found that the sector provided almost 5,700 full-time equivalent jobs.

BBC News