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03/09/2015

Scotland round-up: Planning reforms confirmed; help for homebuyers

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 29 August-4 September, 2015

Scottish ministers confirm further planning reforms are on the way

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of a review of the country’s planning system.

The Planner 

Rent control plans threaten Scottish PRS market, says SPF 

Plans unveiled by the Scottish Government to introduce rent controls could deter investment in Scotland’s private rented sector (PRS) and reduce housing supply, according to the Scottish Property Federation (SPF).

The Planner

Help for thousands of homebuyers in Scotland

The Scottish Government will spend £195 million over the next three years on a new shared equity scheme to help around 6,500 households buy a new-build home. This initiative will focus on affordable homes, with eligible buyers receiving an equity loan towards the purchase price of a home. There will also be ongoing support for small developers.

Scottish Government 

National Peatland Plan published

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has just published a National Peatland Plan that highlights actions and a strategy to protect, manage, and restore the country’s peat-rich resources.

Scottish Natural Heritage 

Cross-party deal to battle global warming in Scotland

Environmental campaigners have brokered a unique cross-party deal that will see Scottish politicians laying out detailed plans on battling global warming before next year’s election.

The Scotsman

Plans for Royal High School hotel unveiled

New images have been released of a proposed luxury five-star hotel on the site of the A-listed Old Royal High School in Edinburgh. 

BBC News 

Plea to bury new power lines in Dumfries and Galloway

Scottish Power Energy Networks, the company behind plans to upgrade overhead power lines in Dumfries and Galloway, has been urged to consider burying some sections underground. Local politicians have also called on the energy company to reconsider the route of the project.

BBC News 

North Sea gets huge boost with Culzean gas field

The biggest gas field discovered in the North Sea for more than a decade - located in the Culzean field east of Aberdeen - has been given the green light to start production.

The Scotsman

Plans for wind farm near Leswalt are refused by council

Plans to build eight new wind turbines near Leswalt in Wigtonshire in the far south-west of Scotland have been rejected by Dumfries and Galloway Council. Both the planning authority and Scottish Natural Heritage warned that the scheme proposed by Brookfield Renewable UK would have an adverse impact on a designated Regional Scenic Area.

BBC News

Stranraer business improvement district proposal rejected

Businesses in Stranraer have voted down plans to create an ‘improvement district’ in the town.

BBC News

Donald Trump gets go-ahead for 25ft Turnberry fountain

US tycoon Donald Trump has been given the go-ahead by South Ayrshire Council to erect a massive Roman Chariot fountain outside the Turnberry Hotel.

The Scotsman

End of George Street trial

Edinburgh’s George Street will return to its former layout this weekend with the addition of a new cycle lane, following a year-long trial to improve the area for pedestrians and cyclists.

The City of Edinburgh Council

Electric vehicles to be given more access to parking bays in City

Glasgow City Council's parking company is making strides to honour its commitment to providing designated charging bay points for electric vehicles in its car parks.

Glasgow City Council

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