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Scotland round-up: Planning authorities offered green recovery support from national organisations; Sutherland spaceport lift-off?

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 20 June-26 June, 2020

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Scottish planning authorities offered green recovery support from national organisations

Ten national organisations known collectively as the Key Agencies Group – each with a role in land-use planning – have offered to help local authorities with measures to aid a green recovery.

The Planner

‘Historic disregard’ of nature a ‘catastrophic mistake’, finds report

Policymakers in the UK and around the world need to ‘wake up’ to the ‘accelerating process of environmental breakdown’, according to think tank IPPR.

The Planner

Climate and nature recovery should be addressed as one, suggests report

Restoring degraded habitats would see them absorb a third of the UK’s carbon emissions, suggests a report, as a wildlife charity insists that the climate and nature crises should be tackled together as one.

The Planner

Sutherland spaceport lift-off?

Highland Council officials have advised councillors to approve Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s proposals for a spaceport and satellite launch site on peatland at the Moine Peninsula near Tongue in Sutherland. A decision was due as this Digest went to press (26 June).

BBC News

Glasgow city centre developments

Glasgow City Council has approved a blueprint designed to encourage the city centre population to double in size to 40,000 over the next 15 years. Meanwhile, in a separate but related move, it has begun consulting on the future of the Cowcaddens, Learning Quarter, Merchant City and Townhead districts, all of which are in the city centre.

Glasgow City Council

Affordable housing boost

There was a 16 per cent rise in the number of dwellings approved under the government’s affordable housing supply programme during the year up to March 2020 compared with the previous 12 months, according to official statistics.

Scottish Government

North Ayrshire coast initiative

North Ayrshire Council and Crown Estate Scotland are joining forces to identify opportunities for regeneration and investment along the area’s coastline.

North Ayrshire Council

‘Floating’ Iron Age village project proposed for Loch Tay

Plans for a £6 million ‘floating’ Iron Age village and museum on the shores of Loch Tay have come a step closer after state-owned land was handed over to the charity behind the Scottish Crannog Centre.

The Scotsman

Lochaber hydropower project funding agreed

A community-owned hydropower scheme on the Barr River near Loch Teacuis in Lochaber is set to go ahead now that the project has secured new financing from Triodos Bank UK and the Scottish Investment Bank. 

Scottish Construction Now

Inverness innovation centre proposed

A planning application has been submitted to the Highland Council for a new 2,700-square metre life sciences innovation centre on Inverness Campus, a joint project between Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Scottish Construction Now

Stonehaven care home scheme unveiled

Scape Homes has revealed proposals for a 59-bedroom care home, complete with roof garden, gym and cinema, earmarked for a long-vacant site in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire.

Scottish Construction Now

Land commission publishes private trust and charity protocols

The Scottish Land Commission has published two new protocols that set out practical expectations for private trusts and charities that own land.

Scottish Land Commission

Haymarket office project for capital

Aviva Investors has announced proposals to demolish and redevelop a 1970s office block in Edinburgh’s Haymarket. It is set to provide 14,680 square metres of commercial floor space.

Scottish Construction Now