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Scotland round-up: Permitted development rights reform takes shape; Funding boost for future of Dundee’s Michelin site

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 2 November-8 November, 2019

Permitted development rights reform takes shape

The Scottish Government has begun consulting on its sustainability appraisal of options for expanding the permitted development rights (PDR) regime across 16 broad categories.

The Planner

Funding boost for future of Dundee’s Michelin site

The future of Michelin’s Dundee site has taken a step forward with a £60 million funding commitment from the company, Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council, which will transform the complex into the so-called Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc over the next ten years, focussing on sustainable mobility, clean transport and low carbon energy.

Scottish Government

Glasgow investment and housing plans

Glasgow City Council has approved a new investment strategy and action plan for the city, a 'road map' for Glasgow's investment activities, as well as signing-off its latest Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) designed to deliver a £500 million spend on new homes and housing improvements.

Glasgow City Council

Aberdeen office conversion scheme

Developer Telereal Trillium has submitted plans to Aberdeen City Council to demolish and transform a former office block in the Gallowgate area into 140 flats.

Scottish Housing News

Arran homes funding secured

The Arran Development Trust  has secured an award of £3.6 million from the government’s Rural & Islands Housing Fund to help build affordable homes for local workers in Arran.

Scottish Housing News

Latest look for Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens makeover

Images have been released showing how Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens could look after the historic park is revamped with a Hobbit House-style replacement for the existing Ross Bandstand, a grass-covered amphitheatre, a two-storey visitor and hospitality centre overlooking Edinburgh Castle and a permanent cafe near the Ross Fountain.

The Scotsman

Limited success for Borders town centre change of use trial

A year-long project to "revitalise and reinvigorate" two Borders town centres has had a "fairly limited" impact, a report into the initiative involving a more flexible approach to change of use for Hawick and Galashiels properties.

BBC News