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Scotland round-up: PD rights for electronic communications infrastructure to change; Household numbers continue to rise

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 10 June-16 June, 2017

Biomedical research lab wins RTPI award

The Francis Crick Institute has won the RTPI’s Silver Jubilee Cup at the institute’s 2017 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

PD rights for electronic communications infrastructure to change

Legislation has been laid before the Scottish Parliament which changes permitted development (PD) rights for electronic communications infrastructure.

The Planner

Household numbers continue to rise

The number of households in Scotland has continued to increase, reaching 2.45 million in 2016 according to the latest figures published by National Records of Scotland.

Scottish Government

Call for statutory wild land area protection

Conservationists have called for statutory protection for wilderness areas in Scotland.

BBC News

£1.75bn boost for affordable housing

More than £1.75 billion is being allocated to councils as part of a government commitment to stimulate investment in affordable housing. This move came as new statistics show a level of activity in the affordable housebuilding sector not seen since the early 1980s, with 10,276 affordable homes approved in 2016/17 – a 29 per cent increase on the year before.

Scottish Government

Initial plans submitted for 200 homes in East Renfrewshire hamlet

Developers have submitted a planning application for up to 200 new homes in Waterfoot, East Renfrewshire.

Scottish Housing News

Hotel and office plans unveiled for Edinburgh’s Exchange district

Planning permission in principle is being sought for a proposed mixed-use scheme at a former electricity substation in Edinburgh’s Exchange district, which would involve two hotels as well as retail and leisure use.

Scottish Construction Now

Plans for Leith floating pub

Concern over the impact of the scheme on the local conservation area has torpedoed plans submitted by a publican for a pontoon bar on the Water of Leith.

Edinburgh Evening News

Plans for 250 homes on Bannockburn battlefield site

Developer Hallam Land Management has submitted plans to Stirling Council for up to 250 homes on land considered to have been part of the site where the Battle of Bannockburn was fought.

Scottish Housing News

Architects launch affordable Passivhaus service social housing sector

A new service has been launched this week designed to provide affordable, Passivhaus-standard social housing in Scotland.

Scottish Construction Now

Ministers under fire over failure to tackle air pollution

Friends of the Earth Scotland has hit out at Scottish ministers for inaction over tackling dangerous levels of air pollution. The criticism came as the administration published its progress report on tackling the environmental problem.

The Scotsman

Local charity objects to National Marine Centre

A local charity is objecting to proposals for a National Marine Centre at North Berwick Harbour submitted to East Lothian Council by the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Herald Scotland

Lowther Hills wind farm bid submitted

A formal application has been submitted to the Scottish government for a 35-turbine wind farm in the North Lowther Hills in Dumfries and Galloway.

BBC News

Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street set for £7.2m revamp

Multimillion-pound plans to redevelop Glasgow’s famous Sauchiehall Street have been proposed by the City Deal team.

The Scotsman

Historic Islands Bill introduced

Legislation has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament that will require ‘island proof’ future legislation and policies, the creation of a National Islands Plan and give extended powers to island councils in relation to marine licensing.

Scottish Government

£100m Aberdeen retail complex recommended for refusal

Plans to develop a £100 million retail park adjacent to the Prime Four Business Park in Aberdeen look set to be rejected by councillors as officers recommend refusal.

Scottish Construction Now

Living sculptures to tackle toxic fumes in Glasgow city centre

So-called ‘living sculptures’ are to be installed in Glasgow city centre in an effort to clean up toxic air pollution.

The Scotsman

£3.6m boost for Borders economy

A business incubator in the centre of Hawick, which aims to help Borders businesses establish themselves and grow, is now in prospect, thanks to a £3.6 million funding package of regeneration initiatives.

Scottish Government

Shortlisted schemes in £20m Perth City Hall contest

Proposals by five rival teams for a £20 million overhaul of Perth’s long-disused category B-listed city hall have been unveiled.

The Architect’s Journal

Communities in Sutherland dig their own broadband trenches

People living in small Highland communities are excavating the trenches needed for cables to boost their broadband connections.

BBC News

Proposal for new Edinburgh performance venue

Ministers are keen to see proposals for a new performance venue in Edinburgh’s St Andrew’s Square included in the forthcoming City Region Deal, culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has confirmed.

Scottish Government

Hidden heat in sewers could warm Glasgow through winter

Scotland’s sewers contain enough natural and discarded heat to warm a city the size of Glasgow for more than four months a year, new figures have suggested.

Scottish Renewables

Student accommodation project wins at RIAS awards

This year’s RIAS President’s Award for Placemaking has gone to jmarchitects, Oberlanders Architects and John C Hope Architects for their work on the Holyrood North Student Accommodation and Outreach Centre, Edinburgh.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects

200 homes to be built as Leith Links plan moves forward

Nearly 200 homes have been proposed next to one of the capital’s best-known public parks under a scheme designed by 7N Architects on behalf of Link Housing Association, for a brownfield site at Salamander Place, Leith.

Edinburgh Evening News

Campaigners plan bid to save Kinloch Castle from demolition

Moves are under way to save Hebridean landmark Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum from demolition.

The Scotsman

Second major film studio plan announces plans to start building in 2019

Backers of a £65 million plan for a new international film studio in the grounds of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh claimed this week that the project could be under construction as early as 2019.

Herald Scotland