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Scotland round-up: Planning minister digs in over appeal reforms; City deal signed for Stirling and Clackmannanshire

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 26 May – 1 June 2018

Scottish planning minister digs in over appeal reforms

Scottish planning minister Kevin Stewart has faced calls for changes to the appeal system with some form of third party or community right of challenge.

The Planner

Sea bed should be managed nationally, says Scottish Parliament committee

The Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has said the Scottish Crown Estate Bill should be amended to ensure the sea bed cannot be sold. 

The Planner

City deal signed for Stirling and Clackmannanshire

The UK and Scottish governments have signed a £90 million city region deal to “drive economic growth” across Stirling and Clackmannanshire.

The Planner

Scotland’s ‘largest’ solar farm approved

Scottish ministers have approved Elgin Energy’s application for a 50 megawatt solar photovoltaic project at Milltown Airfield, near Elgin in Moray.

The Planner

Pioneering islands legislation passed

Legislation designed to 'island proof' central government policies and initiatives was voted through by MSPs this week. The move will require the production of a first-ever national islands plan.

BBC News

Loch Lomond resort proposals submitted

Flamingo Land Ltd, the company behind a controversial £30 million leisure resort on the banks of Loch Lomond, has applied to the national park authority for the scheme. The project includes a hotel, 105 holiday lodges, a monorail and recreational facilities.

The Scotsman

East Lothian development plan progress

East Lothian Council has agreed its latest local development plan, which now incorporates modifications recommended by the Scottish Government. It must await sign-off by ministers before meeting formal approval.

East Lothian Council

Thumbs down for Embo golf scheme

Officials have asked highland councillors to refuse planning permission for the proposed Coul Links championship golf course near Embo in Sutherland. The scheme is believed to present risks to wildlife and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

BBC News

Ballater homes blocked

An application to convert an old school in Ballater into 26 affordable homes has been turned down by members of Cairngorms National Park Authority’s planning committee. The decision comes against the advice of planning officers.

Scottish Housing News

HES unruffled by Culloden development

The country’s lead heritage body Historic Environment Scotland has said it does not object to proposals for a holiday development within the boundary of Culloden Battlefield.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh Virgin hotel plan under fire

Financially motivated initiatives including plans for a new Virgin Hotel are helping to 'destroy' Edinburgh’s heritage, campaigners have said. The activists include writers Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, Jackie Kay and John Byrne.

Edinburgh Evening News

Lanarkshire castle faces demolition

A 'haunted' castle set to become a hotel will now be demolished. The former psychiatric hospital, near Lesmahagow in Lanarkshire, was deemed unsafe.

The Scotsman

440 new homes for East Lothian

Housebuilder Stewart Milne Homes has received the green light for three new developments in East Lothian. The projects will create around 440 new dwellings.

The Scotsman

Lanarkshire industrial park moves

Fusion Assets, the arm’s-length regeneration company of North Lanarkshire Council, and have joined forces to proceed with the first phase of development at Gartcosh Industrial Park. The move will see the construction of three industrial units.

Scottish Construction Now

Edinburgh tram depot revamp unveiled

Images of plans to transform Edinburgh’s historic B-listed tram depot into a £75 million housing development have been revealed.

Edinburgh Evening News

Speyside distillery project for the Cairngorms

Speymalt Whisky Distributors has unveiled plans for a distillery near Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms national park.

Glasgow Herald

Capital tourist tax claim

A Transient Visitor Levy or ‘tourist tax’ would not deter tourists from visiting Edinburgh, according to research published by the city council.

City of Edinburgh Council

Montrose freight switch funding

More freight will leave the country’s roads and travel by sea, thanks to a £1.5 million government grant for Montrose Port Authority.

Scottish Government

Waste recycling milestone

Recycling, composting and re-using waste from all sources has passed the 60 per cent milestone for the first time, according to figures just published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Airbnb licensing proposal for Auld Reekie

Airbnb owners in the capital will need the go-ahead from the majority of tenement neighbours before leasing their homes to short-term tenants, under licensing proposals from one of Edinburgh’s heritage watchdogs.

Glasgow Herald

Tweedbank development move

Scottish Borders Council has announced plans to buy the Lowood Estate in Tweedbank. The estate has been identified as a key location for strategic development in line with development plan policies.

Scottish Borders Council

Edinburgh rugby stadium project

Scottish Rugby has lodged a bid for planning permission to create a new 7,800-capacity stadium in the grounds of BT Murrayfield. The venue would become Edinburgh Rugby’s new home.

Edinburgh Evening News

National Trust joins fray over Culloden lodges

National Trust for Scotland, the country’s largest conservation charity, has joined the campaign against plans to build holiday lodges on Culloden Moor.

Glasgow Herald

Thumbs down proposed for Langholm wind farm

Dumfries & Galloway Council's planning committee has been advised to refuse a 12-turbine wind farm for a site 7.5 kilometres from Langholm. Adverse visual effects are cited as the reason.

BBC News