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Scotland round-up: Planning minister pleads for a streamlined bill; 20,000 sites approved to June 2018 – stats

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 20 October-26 October, 2018

Planning minister pleads for a streamlined bill

Planning minister Kevin Stewart has urged MSPs not to back amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill which “add in new duties, processes and bureaucracy”.

The Planner 

20,000 sites approved to June 2018 – stats

In the year to June 2018, 354,646 units were granted planning approval across 20,076 sites in across the England, Wales and Scotland.

The Planner 

RTPI committees open to applications

RTPI members have been invited to get involved with the institute’s work through participation in its flagship committees. 


Glasgow Uni research hub approved

The University of Glasgow has received detailed planning approval from Glasgow City Council for its first building on the site of the former Western Infirmary, a £113 million Research Hub.

Glasgow University

Kirkintilloch housing

CALA Homes (West) and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have been granted planning approval by East Dunbartonshire Council for a development of 163 private and affordable homes at the former Broomhill Hospital in Kirkintilloch.

Scottish Housing News

Thumbs up for capital rugby project 

Plans to build a ‘mini-Murrayfield’ on the doorstep of the home of Scottish Rugby have been given the thumbs up by Edinburgh City Council

Edinburgh Evening News

More new Aberdeen homes

Stewart Milne Homes has been granted planning permission for an additional 121 homes at Aberdeen’s newest community at Countesswells.

Scottish Construction Now

Edinburgh hotel okayed

The city council has approved the transformation of a pair of buildings in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square into a new Gleneagles Hotel under plans from the owner of the Perthshire estate and golf resort.

The Scotsman

Decision on Newhaven tram extension delayed

A decision on whether to press ahead with the tram extension down Leith Walk and on to Newhaven has been put off for three months, Edinburgh City Council has announced. 

Edinburgh Evening News

Economic action plan published

An £18 million fund to help businesses benefit from developments in manufacturing is among the key actions announced in a new action plan to help boost the country’s economic growth.

Scottish Government

Hamilton homes

Housebuilder Avant Homes has obtained planning permission to build 197 new homes for a development in Hamilton.

Scottish Construction Now

‘Dracula castle’ sees off listing challenge

Slains Castle, near Cruden, the 16th century Aberdeenshire castle thought to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, is to keep its listed status after the owner’s appeal failed.

BBC News

Electric car fund targets housing associations 

More people are to be given the opportunity to use ultra-low emission vehicles, thanks to a £700,000 investment fund from Transport Scotland which will allow housing associations to apply for funding to procure the services of electric vehicle car clubs. 

Scottish Government News

Trump development faces £5m housing levy

The Trump Organisation has been told it will have to pay £5 million towards affordable housing as part of plans for a luxury estate of around 500 new homes next to the US president’s golf resort in Aberdeenshire.

The Scotsman

Capital concert hall spoiler

Heritage campaigners are upset that a proposed new concert hall in the capital will spoil the view of a bank.  

Architects' Journal.