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Scotland round-up: New mapping tool highlights threat to Scottish coastline; Government accused of ‘underestimating’ scale of housing crisis

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 12 August-18 August, 2017

New mapping tool highlights threat to Scottish coastline

Nearly a fifth of Scotland’s coastline is at risk of erosion, threatening some of the country’s most prized land and infrastructure within the next 30 years, according to a new mapping tool.

The Planner

Government accused of ‘underestimating’ scale of Scottish housing crisis

The Scottish Government is underestimating social housing demand in Scotland by around 30 per cent, according to new analysis by Scottish Labour.

Scottish Housing News

Hillcrest partners on £6m housing plan for former Angus hospital site

Plans have been submitted by Chamberlain Bell Developments Ltd for a 49-home £6 million housing development on a former hospital site in Arbroath.

Scottish Housing News

Westray accesses European funds for harbour improvements

Orkney is to receive £1.7 million of European funding to build a new harbour wall on the island of Westray, in a development local leaders say will safeguard the local fishing fleet for generations.

Herald Scotland

Edinburgh to consider £165m tram extension

The task of finding a contractor for a £165.2 million extension to Edinburgh’s tram system could begin as soon as next month if councillors vote through an outline business case for how the 8.7-mile route would be completed.

Scottish Housing News

Aberdeen FC stadium plans supported by Celtic and Hearts

Aberdeen Football Club’s plans for a new £50 million stadium project on the outskirts of the city have received supporting statements from rival football clubs Celtic and Heart of Midlothian.

BBC News

Support for the rural economy

Sea fisheries, aquaculture and processing businesses will receive a share of £8.4 million funding to boost growth and protect jobs in their areas.

Scottish Government

New Battle looms for Sheriffmuir after forest plan agreed

Heritage campaigners have warned that a proposed commercial forest on part of the historic battlefield at Sheriffmuir, near Dunblane, will permanently damage the site for future generations.

Herald Scotland

Dutch architect preferred choice for Perth City Hall redevelopment

Mecanoo, a Dutch architecture firm has been recommended as the preferred designer for the £20 million redevelopment of Perth City Hall.

BBC News