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Scotland round-up: NPF 4 position statement published; Peterhead energy park proposals set out

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 28 November-4 December, 2020

NPF 4 position statement published

The Scottish Government has published a lengthy position statement on the fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4), subtitled: Our Future Places.

The Planner

Drop in contract awards value in October

In October, the value of construction contract awards totalled £4.9 billion based on a three-month rolling average, according to industry analysts at Barbour ABI.

The Planner

Peterhead energy park proposals set out

Edinburgh-based Holistic Energy has revealed ambitious proposals for a large energy park earmarked for a 40-hectare site close to the existing Peterhead power station in Aberdeenshire. Projects involved would be a mixed-fuel gasification and biomass plant, a green biodiesel production facility, an anaerobic digestion plant as well as solar PV and wind energy projects, a green hydrogen production scheme and large-scale battery storage facilities.

Glasgow Herald

Third land use strategy consultation

The country’s third land use strategy is now due for publication in March 2021 and the draft is currently out for consultation.

Scottish Government

Pioneering hydrogen project

Gas network company SGN has received approval to install a world-first 100 per cent green hydrogen-to-homes demonstration network in Fife, which involves 300 houses.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow meat market move

A £42.6 million project to transform a former meat market into 252 flats for mid-market rent has received grant approval through Glasgow City Council’s affordable housing supply programme.

Scottish Construction Now

Dundee student scheme

Gylemuir Limited has submitted proposals to Dundee City Council for a new student accommodation complex providing 361 bed spaces near East Marketgait. It is designed to retain a former mill building’s façade.

Scottish Construction Now

Perth rented homes approved

Springfield Properties, Scotland’s only listed housebuilder, has been given the go-ahead for 75 private rental homes at its Bertha Park development in Perth.

The Scotsman

Dunvegan Castle rewilding initiative

A clan chief has received a £1million grant to rewild his estate surrounding Dunvegan Castle on Skye, in an attempt to transform the “beautiful but not natural” area with a major new broadleaf forest.

Glasgow Herald

Call to break up landowning monopolies

New powers to control sales of large estates and to break up landowning monopolies are proposed in Community Land Scotland’s manifesto for a sustainable Scotland.

Community Land Scotland

Peat firm appeals extension refusal

Peat extraction company Everris has appealed against Dumfries and Galloway Council’s decision to refuse the company’s bid to extend its operations at Lochwood Moss near Beattock for another 10 years.

BBC News

Farewell Coatbridge and Motherwell tower blocks

Tower blocks in Coatbridge and Motherwell, which have dominated the North Lanarkshire skylines for decades, have now been earmarked for demolition over the next 27 months.

Scottish Housing News

Monkton residential development blocked

Barratt Homes has reiterated its commitment to investing in South Ayrshire despite the fact that its proposals for a 300-home development and a park-and-ride facility in Monkton have been rejected by councillors.

Scottish Housing News

Aleister Crowley Highland home restoration

Highland councillors look set to approve plans for the restoration of the ruined Boleskin House overlooking Loch Ness, former home of notorious occultist Aleister Crowley and, separately, the musician Jimmy Page. The proposals include 10 holiday cabins.

BBC News

Loch Linnhe lighthouse

A new lighthouse is being built at the Corran Narrows on Loch Linnhe to enable larger cruise ships to reach Fort William more safely.

The Scotsman

Spaceport development

Billionaire couple Anders and Anne Holch Povlsen have invested almost £1.5 million in plans for a spaceport in Shetland while opposing a similar project near land they own in Sutherland.

BBC News

Glasgow woodland park

Clyde Gateway, Scotland’s most ambitious regeneration initiative, is to work with community-led environmental charity Urban Roots to transform 16 hectares of vacant and derelict land at Toryglen, Glasgow, into a woodland park to be known as ‘Malls Mire’.

Scottish Construction Now

Digital drainage development

A new digital platform that speeds up the process by which housing developers seek approvals could potentially change how drainage systems are validated is now available.

Scottish Housing News

Greener homes

The energy-efficiency profile of Scottish housing has improved significantly, according to the latest House Condition Survey, published by the government.

Scottish Government

HES funding initiative

Scotland’s oldest ship, an A-listed harbour and an iron age dwelling are all set to benefit from funding as part of Scotland’s Year of Coast and Waters, a community-funding initiative run by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

Historic Environment Scotland

Community asset takeover assistance

Twenty-nine community groups across Scotland have received total funding of £3.6 million from the Scottish Land Fund, which will allow the organisations in both urban and rural areas to take over local assets.

Scottish Land Fund

Responses published on planning and housing consultation

The government has published the responses to its technical consultation paper on planning policy and housing.

Scottish Government   

More marine protected areas

Minke whales, basking sharks and Risso’s dolphins will be among a range of mammals to be safeguarded following the designation of four new Marine Protected Areas off the Scottish coast. A further 12 sites have been given special protection area status, providing additional protection to the country’s vulnerable marine birds including sea ducks, divers and grebes.

Scottish Government