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Scotland round-up: Peterhead to be Scotland’s second employment SPZ; Scottish Government gives all clear for whisky distillery plans

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 4 February-10 February, 2017

Peterhead to be Scotland’s second employment SPZ

Proposals for what would be Scotland’s second simplified planning zone for industrial and commercial activity are now being drawn up by Aberdeenshire Council planners.

The Planner

Shortlist announced for RTPI excellence awards

Ninety finalists have made the shortlist for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2017.

The Planner

Outrage over secret plans to base world’s biggest salmon farm in Scotland

Secret plans for what is claimed would be the world’s biggest salmon farm at a location around Orkney or Shetland would fail pollution limits and provide a severe dent to the credibility of the country’s environmental watchdog, according to internal documents seen by a Sunday newspaper.

Herald Scotland

Extension to wind farm near Fort Augustus approved

The Scottish Government has approved plans for a 10-turbine, 35-megawatt extension to developer Falck Renewables Millennium’s wind farm near Fort Augustus in the Highlands.

BBC News

Scottish Government gives all clear for whisky distillery plans

The devolved administration has cleared the way for a planned £40 million whisky distillery at Jedburgh in the Borders to proceed. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency had raised flooding issues.

BBC News

Edinburgh marina scheme faces changes over clash with tram proposals

The architects of a £300 million marina and ‘harbour village’ on the Firth of Forth have been sent back to the drawing board over a potential clash with the city's latest tram route which requires changes to the masterplan.

Herald Scotland

Queen’s Street Station delays sparks fears for Buchanan Galleries’ leisure plans

Delays to the revamp of Glasgow’s Queen’s Street Station – one of the country’s biggest – has put at risk the £400 million city centre retail and leisure development at Buchanan Galleries.

Herald Scotland

New stadium plans ‘only fitting for one of the top clubs in Scotland’

North East Scotland Conservative MSPs are at odds over proposals for a multimillion-pound new stadium for Aberdeen Football Club at Kingsford.

Press and Journal

Rare habitats being damaged by off-road vehicles

Some of Scotland’s rarest habitats are being damaged as a result of illegal access by off-road vehicles, warn Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Police Scotland.

Scottish Natural Heritage

SEPA publishes plans to deliver flood warning service

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s latest flood warning development framework covering the period 2017 to 2021 has been launched. It promises 14 new schemes, with six to be launched later this year.

Scottish Environment Protection

First image of possible Glasgow park over M8

A picture showing how the M8 in the centre of Glasgow might look if covered by a rooftop garden has been released. Plans for a ‘cap’ over the road near the Mitchell Library are currently on the drawing board.

BBC News

Mersehead reserve secures funds for expansion plans

A nature reserve on the Solway Firth that is home to rare natterjack toads and other wildlife is set to expand following an appeal launched by RSPB Scotland last year which raised £285,000, enabling the green charity to buy an extra 112 hectares of land in the area south of Dumfries.

BBC News

New site proposed for replacement prison in Inverness

The Scottish Prison Service has proposed building a new Inverness prison on a site behind the Inverness Retail Park on the A96.

BBC News

Heritage body defends A-listed status for ‘Banana Flats’

Heritage chiefs have defended handing A-listed status to the ‘Banana Flats’ in Leith – insisting they are not only interested in “conventionally beautiful buildings”.

Edinburgh Evening News