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Scotland round-up: Plans submitted for 1,400-home development near Dunfermline; City deal won’t pay for £162m Edinburgh tram extension

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 27 May-2 June, 2017

Plans submitted for 1,400-home development near Dunfermline

Developer Taylor Wimpey East Scotland has submitted two applications for planning permission in principle for a proposed mixed-use development of 1,400 homes at Halbeath, a former mining village north-east of Dunfermline in Fife.

The Planner

UK Government challenged over air pollution plans

Campaigners have launched a High Court challenge against the UK Government’s draft consultation on its plans to improve air quality, saying they contain "major flaws".

The Planner

City deal won’t pay for £162m Edinburgh tram extension

The Edinburgh Evening News has claimed that Scottish ministers have vetoed using any of the expected Edinburgh Region City Deal money to fund an extension of the city’s tram network.

Edinburgh Evening News

New Highland prison application lodged

Property company Colliers International has lodged a planning application for the first new prison in the Highlands for more than a century. Land to the south of Inverness Retail and Business Park has been earmarked for the project.

North Star

Golden eagle deaths

Nearly a third of golden eagles tracked by satellite over a 12-year period have died in suspicious circumstances, according to a report for the Scottish Government, undertaken by Scottish Natural Heritage. The report ruled out the tags and wind farms as possible causes for the disappearance of the eagles.

Scottish Government

Scotland’s first artificial wave park submitted for planning

The company behind plans for Scotland’s first artificial wave park, earmarked for a 23-hectare quarry site near Ratho, has submitted a planning application to Edinburgh City Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Disused Buckie shipyard in revival hope after sale

The disused Buckie Shipyard has been bought from Moray Council, raising the prospect of a revival of the industry in the area.

BBC News

Borders Railway extension campaign cranked up

A new report has been published detailing the advantages of enhancing and extending the Borders Railway via Hawick to Carlisle.

BBC News

Public shown updated plans for St Andrews expansion

Developers behind proposals to build more than 1,000 homes as part of a western extension of St Andrews have revised their masterplan proposals following feedback from a consultation survey.

Scottish Housing News

Study commissioned into fourth Don crossing

The construction of a fourth bridge over the River Don is to be considered after Aberdeen City Council agreed to commission a study into the project’s viability.

Scottish Construction Now

Green light for 140 homes for social rent in Glasgow’s south side

AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd has been granted planning permission by Glasgow City Council to build 140 new homes for social rent in Pollokshields.

Scottish Construction Now

Church to shed historic buildings from £498m estate

Church communities across Scotland have been urged to consider shedding historic buildings in favour of modern rebuilds as the extent of managing the Kirk's crumbling estate is revealed. Talks are under way with Historic Environment Scotland to help preserve any buildings that must be sold.

Herald Scotland

Scottish peatland restoration wins £26,000 funding boost 

A project to restore peat bogs at Forsinard, in Sutherland’s Flow Country, is among six international initiatives to win funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association.

The Scotsman

Progress on climate change programme

The government has published its third annual progress report on the country’s climate change adaptation programme.

Scottish Government

Edinburgh and Glasgow to benefit from ultrafast broadband pilot

Thousands of Scots will have access to broadband speeds more than 10 times the UK average as a pilot for an ultrafast network is switched on in the capital.

Herald Scotland

Western unveils £2.5m project for Gourock

Western Ferries (Clyde) has unveiled a £2.5 million investment to upgrade its terminal at McInroy’s Point in Gourock.

Herald Scotland

Responses to relaxation of planning for digital infrastructure published

The Scottish Government has published an analysis of responses to its public consultation on the relaxation of planning controls for digital infrastructure (e.g. phone masts, street cabinets and antennas).

Scottish Government

Key figure in North-East housing sector to retire

Colin Hawkins, CEO of Osprey Housing, is set to step down from his role at the end of August after 15 years at the helm.

Scottish Housing News

Five-year plan for UK's biggest national park launched

The plan for managing the Cairngorms National Park, the UK’s largest, for the next five years has been formally launched.

BBC News

Council approves funding for mountain bike facilities

Glasgow City Council has approved almost £940,000 in funding to help the development of two sports facilities in the city – a new international standard BMX Centre in Knightswood and the mountain bike trails at Cathkin Braes Country Park.

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow and Edinburgh in top three greenest UK cities

Edinburgh and Glasgow are in the top three most eco-friendly cities in the UK, according to a survey.

The Scotsman