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Scotland round-up: New-look development plan for Glasgow on brink of adoption; Planning decision times published

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 1 October - 7 October, 2016

New-look development plan for Glasgow on brink of adoption

Glasgow City Council's executive committee this week approved the revised City Development Plan, which is being submitted to Scottish ministers to progress before its formal adoption.

The Planner

Building in the right places is critical, Tory fringe event told

Planning plays a ‘critical’ role in creating places where homes are well connected to jobs, transport and infrastructure, speakers at an RTPI and Planning Portal fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference agreed.

The Planner

Solar produced more electricity than coal over last six months

The UK’s solar panels have generated more electricity than coal over the past six months, according to analysis by Carbon Brief.

The Planner

UK urgently needs 1.8 million new rental homes by 2025

Some 1.8 million new rental homes are needed urgently in the UK where the housing market is experiencing a sharp drop in the number of available properties to rent.

Property Wire

Green space funding announced

A multi-million-pound fund to develop green spaces in some of Scotland’s most deprived areas has been announced by the administration.

Scottish Government

Planning decision times published

Latest quarterly planning performance statistics show faster average decision times for local developments but slower average decision times for major developments compared to the previous quarter and previous year.

Scottish Government

Views wanted on cross-boundary protection areas for marine birds

A formal public consultation launched this week by Scottish Natural Heritage on behalf of the Scottish Government is asking for comments on four proposed Special Protection Areas, which cross the 12 nautical mile territorial waters boundary.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Muirhouse Shopping Centre to undergo major revamp

Edinburgh’s Muirhouse shopping centre – which is starring in the sequel to Trainspotting -  is set to undergo a major revamp.

Edinburgh Evening News

Kingswells business park expansion 'to create 500 jobs'

Plans for a £100 million expansion of an Aberdeen business park with a retail park have been unveiled by Drum Property Group

BBC News

Major new gas pipeline bid for Inverness-shire new town

The developers behind a new town at Tornagrain near Inverness are applying for permission to lay a major new gas pipeline to serve the settlement.

Press and Journal

SBC launch town centre regeneration plan in Hawick and Jedburgh

Scottish Borders Council has agreed where to target its "limited resources" for town centre regeneration and announced that Hawick followed by Jedburgh and Eyemouth should be the first sites to receive attention.

Border Telegraph

RSPB unveil plan to extend reserve for barnacle geese

Conservationists have launched an urgent appeal to help protect a key Scottish site for migrating geese by expanding a 370-hectare nature reserve at Mersehead in Dumfries.

The Scotsman

Council awards contract to deliver key stage in £250m Sighthill regeneration

Glasgow City Council has approved a £36.54 million contract for infrastructure work for the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area project.

Glasgow City Council

Unholy row breaks out over Buddhist monks' wind farm

A community of Buddhist monks on Arran have generated an outcry from other residents over proposals to erect five wind turbines on the picturesque island.

Herald Scotland

John McGlynn to invest £50m in start-up office space

Scottish Capital, the private investment vehicle of entrepreneur John McGlynn, is to invest £50 million in the creation of a portfolio of business parks for start-up companies.

Herald Scotland

Edinburgh university to buy former fire headquarters

The University of Edinburgh is to buy the city's former fire service headquarters as part of a project to transform the area into a hub for the arts.

BBC News

Contracts agreed for Peterhead harbour redevelopment

A £30 million contract to redevelop the inner harbour at Peterhead Port has been agreed.

BBC News

First stretch of new A9 opens

Road users are now able to drive on the first stretch of new road surfacing to be constructed as part of the A9 Dualling: Kincraig to Dalraddy project.

Scottish Government

Celtic shareholder: Hydro hotel will be first of many

A Glasgow-based entrepreneur has revealed plans to develop a portfolio of hotels around Scotland as well as other parts of the UK.

Herald Scotland

Underground coal gasification blocked

The Scottish Government will block so-called underground coal gasification developments following the publication of an independent report that highlights serious environmental concerns.

Scottish Government

Two energy-from-waste projects progress

Two huge energy-from-waste projects made significant progress this week. The contract to build a state-of-the-art facility for Edinburgh and Midlothian was signed and proposals for a £150 million scheme at Aberdeen have been backed by councillors.

City of Edinburgh Council and BBC News

Lottery funds for Skye and Tomintoul landscape projects

A museum on Skye that has no walls or roof and a landscape project in Moray have secured Lottery funding.

BBC news

£15m revamp plan for Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite mansion revealed

Campaigners have announced plans to spend up to £15 million purchasing and redeveloping Grade A-listed mansion Bannockburn House where Bonnie Prince Charlie made his headquarters in 1746. The property near Stirling is subject to a community buy-out bid.

Herald Scotland