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Scotland round-up: Pioneering Paisley report points to repurposed high streets; Go-ahead for huge Glasgow Harbour development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 25 January-31 January, 2020

Pioneering Paisley report points to repurposed high streets

The Paisley Centre shopping facility could be repurposed into a residential quarter under radical new plans to reimagine the town and reverse Scotland’s declining high streets.

The Planner

Be a planning radical at The Planner Live

Got something original to say and a burning desire to tell your fellow planners? We’re looking for four RTPI members to give five-minute speed presentations at The Planner Live on 29-30 June 2020.

The Planner

Go-ahead for huge Glasgow Harbour development

Developer Peel L&P’s Clydeside retail and leisure scheme, known as the Glasgow Harbour Lifestyle Outlet, has been given detailed planning permission by the city council. It comprises more than 20,000 square metres of retail units and more than 10,000 square metres for leisure uses and restaurants and bars, totalling almost 4,000 square metres.

Scottish Construction Now

Montrose flood prevention initiative

Moves are underway to create a new island to help prevent flooding at the Angus coastal town of Montrose. Its further aim is to stop one of the world's oldest golf courses being lost to the sea.

Glasgow Herald

Deprivation index published

The latest update of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2020 has been published by Scotland's chief statistician. The data shows that the least deprived area is in Stockbridge, Edinburgh with the most deprived area in Greenock town centre.

Scottish Government

Industry urges better resourced planners and national housing target

Ahead of next week’s Scottish Budget, business group CBI Scotland has called for a national housing target and the allocation of more funding for planning departments to improve speed of decision-making and house building.

CBI Scotland

Edinburgh city centre shopping SPG

Edinburgh City Council has approved revised supplementary planning guidance (SPG) on city centre shopping and leisure that allows a more flexible approach to change of use of  shops. The new guidance requires sign-off from ministers.

Edinburgh City Council

Carbon committee meets

A new working group of MSPs, academics, industry representatives and environmental organisations has held its first meeting to develop a strategy for achieving Scotland’s new and tougher carbon emission targets.

Scottish Government

Granton gasholder lined up for sound and light show

The Victorian-era Granton gasholder, an iconic fixture on Edinburgh’s waterfront for more than a century, has been lined up for a dramatic transformation under a £150,000 project being developed by the city council and Edinburgh College.

The Scotsman

Spending watchdog queries PFI policy

The Scottish Government needs to be clearer about the role of private finance in public infrastructure projects, according to public sector watchdog Audit Scotland. A new report has found that schools, hospitals, roads and other assets will cost the public sector more than four times their capital value.

Audit Scotland

Tweedbank SPG shapes up

Draft supplementary planning guidance (SPG) that will help shape the emerging Tweedbank masterplan was considered by Scottish Borders Council this week in advance of public consultation.

Scottish Borders Council

Report outlines options to improve transport

A Transport Scotland report has identified more than twenty options to improve transport connectivity in the South West of Scotland, including the reopening of the rail link between Stranraer and Dumfries and a new line from Stranraer to Cairnryan. The proposals will now be assessed as potential projects for the country’s emerging  national transport strategy.

Transport Scotland

Traffic-freed George Square on the cards

Glasgow’s George Square looks set for a makeover following consultation organised by the city council. The process has revealed public support for a scheme that would remove much of the current traffic from the city’s principal urban space and lead eventually to the full pedestrianisation of the east and west sides, with public transport and cycling corridors on the north and south side.

Glasgow City Council

Caithness community and commercial hub proposed near Tongue

Danish clothing tycoon and landowner Anders Hoch Povlsen has revealed plans to create a commercial and community hub, complete with brewery, in an area just off the North Coast 500 route north of Tongue.

The Scotsman

Moffat distillery approved

Proposals for a new whisky distillery at Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway have been approved.

BBC News

Tree planting to help Dee salmon

One million trees will be planted in the Cairngorms along the upper reaches of the River Dee in a £5.5 million project engineered to protect its salmon population.

The Press & Journal

Isle of Lewis affordable homes

Hebridean Housing Partnership has lodged plans to develop 74 affordable homes at the village of Newmarket on the Isle of Lewis.

Scottish Construction Now