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Scotland round-up: New online planning portal goes live; Plans for 400 new homes in Edinburgh get green light

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 9 January-15 January, 2016

New online planning portal goes live

Scotland’s new online planning portal went live on 13 January.

The Planner

Growing shortage of minerals and waste planners – survey

There is a growing shortage in the number of minerals and waste planners, according to the results of an RTPI survey.

The Planner

Transparency of land ownership

The government has confirmed plans to create a public register of who controls land in Scotland and will amend the Land Reform Bill to make this a reality.

Scottish Government

Plans for 400 new homes in Edinburgh get green light

Plans to build up to 400 new homes at a former industrial area in Fountainbridge Edinburgh have been given the green light by councillors.

BBC News

Councillors approve 20mph speed limit for Edinburgh

Edinburgh is closer to becoming the country's first 20mph city after councilors approved plans to begin rolling out the speed limit. About 50 per cent of the city's roads are already 20mph.

BBC News 

Hundreds of homes for Edinburgh

The National Housing Trust initiative (NHT) will deliver almost 900 affordable homes for rent in Edinburgh, social justice secretary Alex Neil has revealed.

Scottish Government

St James developers ‘move to block Straiton film studio’

Developers behind an £850 million development on the site of the St James shopping centre in Edinburgh are trying to block plans for a new film studio on the outskirts of the capital - amid fears it is a front for a retail development.

The Scotsman

Dundee Development Plan consultation

Dundee City Council has begun consulting on a key planning document which will shape the city’s next local development plan.

Dundee City Council 

Waste plant and giant chimney plans in Glasgow sparks major controversy

Proposals for an 'energy-from-waste' plant in Glasgow’s west end have generated significant opposition.

Herald Scotland 

Wind energy output ‘could power most Scots' homes’

In six out of 12 months, wind generated enough power to supply more than 100 per cent of household needs, green group WWF Scotland has claimed.

The Scotsman

SEPA publishes ‘Sustainability report’

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s latest sustainability report has been published.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency