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Scotland round-up: Planning authorities urged to play key role in backing heat networks; Scots wildlife ‘in serious trouble’, say experts

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 10-16 October, 2015

Planning authorities urged to play key role in backing heat networks

The Scottish government has published an updated document on planning and heat which stresses that spatial planning has a key role in supporting the development of combined heat and power and district heating and cooling systems.

The Planner

Scots wildlife ‘in serious trouble’, say expert groups

Environmental organisations have called on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to save the country’s natural environment and wildlife, which they say are in “serious trouble”.

The Scotsman

Government urges planners to help unlock large-scale private-rented sector projects

The government’s chief planner John McNairney has written to planning authorities about the need to help unlock large-scale private-rented sector projects that ministers view as crucial to improving the country’s housing supply.

Scottish Government

Red Road flats: 2,500 return home after failed demolition

The demolition of a landmark group of high-rise Glasgow flats did not go to plan after the explosion left two of the six blocks still partially upright and many residents unable to return to nearby homes.

The Scotsman

Plan for 20 wind turbines near Langholm considered

Landowners and developers are examining the possibility of building a 20-turbine wind farm at Hopsrig between Langholm and Bentpath in the south of Scotland.

BBC News

Royal High School hotel ‘has doubled in size’

Proposals to redevelop the former Royal High School on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, into a luxury hotel have attracted further flak as the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status comes under the microscope.

The Scotsman

Council approves sale of key car park for new 395 bedroom hotel

Glasgow City Council has approved the sale of a city centre car park to become the site of a 395-bedroom hotel.

Glasgow City Council

Edinburgh rubber works set for £6.6m arts revamp

The Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland have given final backing to a bid to transform part of Edinburgh’s North British Rubber Factory into an arts facility.

The Scotsman

Work begins at new Dundee railway station concourse

Construction work has just started on the £28 million project at Dundee’s new train station concourse which will include a three-storey hotel, a café and retail space.

BBC News

Scotland’s councils to be given power to lower business rates

Local authorities in Scotland are to be handed the power to cut business rates in their area in two weeks’ time.

The Scotsman