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Scotland round-up: Orkney tops this year’s national planning awards; Major Glasgow city centre developments make waves

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 11 November-17 November, 2017

Orkney tops this year’s national planning awards

Orkney Islands Council has scooped the top award at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning. It was named the overall winner across all four categories for its Team Stromness project.

The Planner

RTPI accredits town-planning course in Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been accredited by the RTPI for its town planning undergraduate programme.

The Planner

Major Glasgow city centre development makes waves

An ambitious project to transform a long-neglected city centre site in Glasgow at Candleriggs with a mixed-use scheme providing nearly 1,200 flats and student rooms, a 124-room hotel and new shops has got the go-ahead.

The Scotsman

Mosaic submits hotel plan at Glasgow’s Blythswood Square

Proposals for the first Adina Apartment Hotel in the UK have been unveiled, earmarked for a site at 249 West George Street.

Scottish Construction Now

Space hub for remote Shetland isle?

A tiny Scottish island – the remote Shetland island of Unst – could become the preferred UK base to launch satellites into space, it has emerged.

The Scotsman

RIAS uproar

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is embroiled in an acrimonious row with some of its members over the organisation’s governance and financial accountability.

Scottish Construction Now

Olympic-standard BMX track under way in Glasgow

Construction work is under way on a new £3.7 million Olympic standard BMX track being built in Glasgow at Knightswood Recreation Ground ahead of the 2018 European Championships.

Glasgow City Council

Scotland’s first conservation area celebrated

The Scottish village which became the very first conservation area north of the border 50 years ago has been highlighted by the media.

The Scotsman

Trident projects on the Clyde spark criticism

Revelations that the Ministry of Defence is planning 14 major new developments at the Trident nuclear bases on the Clyde have sparked fierce criticism.

Glasgow Herald

Fury over delayed Nairn bypass

A delay to Nairn’s long-awaited bypass has triggered local dismay now that an inquiry looms after local land owners lodged objections.

Aberdeen Press & Journal

Renfrewshire commits to more than 1,000 affordable homes

Renfrewshire Council has unveiled a five-year plan to deliver more than 1,000 affordable homes across the region over the next five years.

Scottish Housing News

Cut-back in capital school deal for homes

The sale of Boroughmuir High School to housebuilder Cala is to go ahead even though Edinburgh City Council could now get almost £3 million less than originally agreed.

Edinburgh Evening News

‘Coo’ palace set to become holiday flats

Plans to convert a so-called ‘Coo Palace’, built by a wealthy landowner to house his cattle in rural Kirkcudbrightshire, have been approved and will become holiday flats.

BBC News

Hyperloop two decades off?

A high-speed Hyperloop transport system between Edinburgh and London is unlikely to be built for at least 20 years, according to government advisers.

Edinburgh Evening News

Demolition of Dounreay dome proposed

Permission is being sought for major changes to the Dounreay nuclear power complex near Thurso on the Caithness coast, including the demolition of its landmark dome structure.

BBC News

More mountain-bike backing

The partnership organisation supporting companies operating in the mountain-biking sector has received new backing from the Scottish Government.

Scottish Government

Cheers as malt whisky flows again after a century

The first single malt whisky for nearly a century is beginning to flow at a south of Scotland distillery which was shut in 1919 but has now been restored.

BBC News

Aberdeenshire mountain bike park proposed

A charity has unveiled plans to build a £10 million mountain bike park in Aberdeenshire.

Scottish Construction Now

Question marks over Glasgow airport rail link

Consultants hired to review the business case for a new rail link to Glasgow airport from the city centre have queried both the proposed costs and benefits of the scheme.

Glasgow Herald