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Scotland round-up: Political row over wind farm appeals; £10m whisky distillery plan for River Clyde

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 29 July-4 August, 2017

Political row over wind farm appeals in Scotland

The Conservative shadow minister for local government has claimed that ministers are riding roughshod over local democracy after highlighting that in the past 12 months nearly two-thirds of council-refused wind farms were approved on appeal by the Scottish Government.

The Planner

£10m whisky distillery plan for River Clyde

A whisky firm has revealed plans to build a new part-grant funded £10.7 million urban distillery and bottling complex on the banks of the River Clyde which will also house a corporate head office and a visitor centre.

Scottish Construction Now

Country’s population increases

Scotland’s population has grown to a record 5.4 million following another rise in migration, according to latest figures from the National Records of Scotland.

Scottish Government

Plans for £25m motorsport centre at Rest and Be Thankful

A charitable trust is to be formed to push forward plans for a £25 million Scottish National Motorsport Heritage Centre at the historic Rest and Be Thankful hillclimb and rally stage in Argyll.

Scottish Construction Now

Dundee approves detailed plans for ‘game-changing’ indoor adventure centre

Detailed plans to transform a former Dundee market building into a children’s leisure complex complete with Europe’s largest roller glider have been given the green light.

Scottish Construction Now

Environmental concerns over Trump’s golf plans at Menie

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has raised formal concerns over Donald Trump’s company’s proposals for a new golf course in Aberdeenshire at the company’s existing Menie resort.

BBC News

John Hartson granted permission to build luxury Scottish mansion

Former Celtic footballer John Hartson has been granted permission to build a luxury mansion next to a golf course at West Linton, Peebleshire.

Herald Scotland

New ‘hobbit house’ concert arena to replace Ross Bandstand

American designers have won the contest to create a new outdoor concert arena for Edinburgh’s West Princes Street – with a design compared to a ‘hobbit house’.

Edinburgh Evening News

Homes plan submitted for disused Edinburgh office site

Property developer Dandara has submitted a planning application to demolish the vacant Traquair House in Edinburgh’s Pinkhill area and replace it with a residential block of 75 flats.

Scottish Housing News

Fife meadows are buzzing with life after wildlife project

More than 13 hectares of native wildflower-rich grassland have been created at 23 locations across Fife, thanks to a three-year initiative between Buglife, Fife Council, schoolchildren and community groups.

The Scotsman

Green belt protected as housing appeal is dismissed

A Scottish government reporter has dismissed an appeal against East Dunbartonshire Council’s decision to reject plans for housing on green belt land at Kirkintilloch.

East Dunbartonshire Council

Views sought on Tweed Valley Forest Park’s future

Forest Enterprise Scotland is seeking views on the land management of the Tweed Valley Forest Park in the Borders over the next 10 years.

BBC News

Poll finds more Scots want stronger action on climate change

A growing number of people in Scotland want to see stronger action on climate change, according to a poll by WWF Scotland.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh Airport flight path plans altered

Edinburgh Airport said it has modified its proposals for changes to its flight paths following its latest public consultation.

BBC News