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Scotland round-up: Perth westerly expansion shapes up; Glenboig development proposals submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 18 January-24 January, 2020

Westerly expansion of Perth shapes up

More details of ambitious proposals for a significant development involving about 3,000 new homes as part of a major westerly expansion of Perth are about to be unveiled.

The Planner

Nominate your Women of Influence for 2020

Who are the women working in and around planning who you think are having a positive impact on individual planners, on planning policy and on the broader planning process? We want to know for our Women of Influence list 2020.

The Planner

Sue Manns: Planning profession must be more diverse

Work to ensure the planning profession becomes 'truly' reflective of society must continue, the new president of the RTPI, Sue Manns, has said in her inaugural speech.

The Planner

RTPI’s new corporate strategy prioritises the climate

The RTPI has launched its new 10-year corporate strategy, putting climate action at the heart of its activities.

The Planner

RTPI: Government urged to take ‘climate justice’ approach to protect deprived communities

Disadvantaged communities in the UK are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis and the government must respond through a ‘climate justice’ lens to address this.

The Planner

2019 saw increase in Build to Rent homes

The number of Build to Rent homes delivered across UK regions, excluding London, increased by 51 per cent in 2019.

The Planner

Glenboig development proposals submitted

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has submitted proposals to North Lanarkshire Council for a residential development of 535 two-storey houses to be built on agricultural land in Glenboig.

Scottish Housing News

Air quality concerns

The capital has breached legal air quality limits yet again, Friends of the Earth said, as it released the latest league table of Scotland’s most polluted streets. It shows that although top place went to Glasgow’s Hope Street, two Edinburgh streets were among the six worst hotspots for emissions of nitrogen dioxide.

The Scotsman

Investment bank progress

Legislation to establish a Scottish National Investment Bank, which will target environmental and social projects and help Scotland’s journey towards net zero-carbon emissions, has been passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Government

Homes more energy efficient

The chief statistician has released figures on fuel poverty, energy efficiency and the condition of housing that highlight a continuing strong improvement in the energy efficiency profile of the stock.

Scottish Government

Natural beauty fears

Many of Scotland’s most precious areas of natural beauty face an uncertain future as analysis reveals the extent of their environmental decline, with experts ranking hundreds of landmarks – from hills to lochs – as being in an “unfavourable” condition.

The Scotsman

Capital student housing scheme

A project to knock down a former Masonic hall and wire works in Murieston Crescent, Edinburgh, to make way for a six-storey block of flats for 120 students has been approved by the city council

BBC News

Homes earmarked for land near Queensferry Crossing

CALA Homes (East) has revealed proposals for a development of about 180 new homes, 25 per cent of which would be affordable, on land made available following the completion of the Queensferry Crossing.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh nursing home conversion move

A C-listed chapel, part of the St Joseph’s Nursing Home in Edinburgh’s Gilmore Place, has been earmarked for student residential development in a conversion scheme designed to accommodate 230 undergraduates.

Scottish Construction Now

Glasgow hotel plans revision

Bloc Hotels has submitted revised plans for its proposed development in Glasgow city centre, where it wants to demolish Dale House on 21 West George Street to build a 160-bedroom hotel.

Scottish Construction Now

Go-ahead for Wormit housing

Persimmon Homes has been given the go-ahead by Fife Council to build 158 homes in the village of Wormit.

Scottish Housing News

Sutherland spaceport video

Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise has released a new video to highlight its plans for a spaceport in Sutherland.

Scottish Construction News

Empty homes conversions boost Airbnbs in Western Isles

Empty homes renovated under a scheme intended to ease pressure on housing stocks are being rented out to tourists in the Western Isles, according to a new report.

Scottish Housing News

Thumbs up for capital’s Princes Street Gardens makeover

Plans to create a new concert arena inside Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens have won the backing of capital locals after more than two-thirds welcomed the design of a ‘Hobbit house’ style replacement for the historic Ross Bandstand.

Glasgow Herald

Hotel plans outlined for Glasgow

Artisan Real Estate has unveiled proposals for a 252-bedroom hotel on Glasgow’s St Vincent Street, replacing a vacant office block that is set to be demolished.

Scottish Construction Now

Aberdeen objects to towers being listed

Aberdeen City Council has written Historic Environment Scotland objecting to proposals to list eight tower blocks built in the 1960s.

BBC News

Fairy fears help sink Skye fish farm

Controversial fish farm plans for a site off the Isle of Skye have been rejected by the Highland Council - after campaigners warned fishermen could be lured to their deaths by fairies in the deepest part of the ocean.

The Scotsman