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Scotland round-up: Offshore wind auction in Scotland heralds jobs and major infrastructure developments; 1,000 homes lined up for Midlothian

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 15 January-21 January, 2022

Offshore wind auction in Scotland heralds jobs and major infrastructure developments

An auction of seabed plots for major offshore wind projects around the Scottish coast has netted millions of pounds for the government and opens up the prospect of thousands of new jobs and significant infrastructure development across Scotland.

The Planner

Timothy Crawshaw inaugurated as RTPI president

Timothy Crawshaw MRTPI has taken over the role as president of the RTPI from Dr Wei Yang.

The Planner

RTPI launches site to raise awareness of planning among public

A 'Planning Your World' website has been launched by the RTPI to raise awareness of the planning professions within the general public.

The Planner

1,000 homes lined up for Midlothian

Springfield Properties has submitted a masterplan to Midlothian Council for an extension of 1,000 new homes called Lingerwood next to the former mining village of Newtongrange. It would be designed to embody the 20-minute neighbourhood principle.

Scottish Housing News

Consultation starts on Forfar residential masterplan

Hermiston Securities and Scotia Homes are consulting on a new masterplan for a residential development that includes proposals for about 300 new homes, public open space, and associated infrastructure adjacent to Westfield Loan in Forfar. The site is allocated for development in the Angus Local Development Plan.

Scottish Housing News

Population decline expected next decade

Latest analysis by National Records of Scotland (NRS) projects that the country’s population will increase slightly to a peak of 5.48 million in 2028, before falling to 5.39 million by 2045. These are the first projections for a number of years to show Scotland’s population starting to fall in the next decade.

Scottish Government

Short-term lets legislation backed by MSPs

All short-term let properties will require a licence to ensure they are safe and the people providing them are suitable, under legislation approved this week by the Scottish Parliament. Local authorities will be required to establish a short-term lets licensing scheme by 1 October 2022, and existing hosts and operators will have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence.

Scottish Government

Place-based website launched

A new website has been launched developed by the government, Public Health Scotland, Architecture and Design Scotland, Glasgow City Council, and the Improvement Service, which brings together resources to support place-based work.

Scottish Government

250 affordable homes lined up for Skye

Architectural firm Rural Design has prepared a masterplan for 250 new homes, to be built over the next 20 years, on behalf of Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association, which would extend the northern outskirts of Portree on the Isle of Skye at Kiltaraglen.

Scottish Housing News

Loch Lomond development alert

Planners from the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park have issued a warning about plots of land that are being marketed for their scenic locations in villages like Balquhidder without any reference to the need for planning permission for development or existing planning constraints.

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority

Glasgow office project

The new owners of an eight-storey Glasgow city centre commercial property have unveiled plans to double the floor space of the building at 150 Vincent Street to 3,935 square metres to meet demand for grade A office accommodation.

Glasgow Herald

Haymarket student scheme green-lit

The city council has approved proposals for a 153-bedroom student accommodation development in central Edinburgh for a vacant brownfield site close to Haymarket rail station.

Glasgow Herald

Highland wildlife park project

The Cairngorms National Park Authority has given the go-ahead to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland for improvements to its visitor’s centre and a series of new hubs at its 105-hectare Highland Wildlife Park at Kingscraig.

Scottish Construction Now

HES drops objection to Shetland Space centre

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has withdrawn its objections to the proposed Shetland Space Centre following moves to reduce its impact on the Skaw radar station, the scheduled monument located in Unst.

Scottish Construction Now

MPs probe hydrogen projects

The UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the future of ‘blue’ and ‘green’ hydrogen production in Scotland.

UK Parliament

National park briefing note published

Countryside bodies are proposing that the Scottish Government should consider establishing a dedicated National Parks Service to progress work on new national parks and other protected landscapes. That’s the main thrust of a briefing note prepared by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) and the Scottish Campaign for National Parks (SCNP), which stresses that there is “clear local community demand” for new national parks in Galloway and the Scottish Borders.  

BBC News

Trump plans to build ‘coastal retreat’ next to Scottish golf resort are rejected

A request by the Trump Organisation to change the council’s local development plan to accommodate the new properties has been refused by the Scottish Government.

Daily Record

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