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Scotland round-up: Portal clocks up online milestone; Dr Fiona Simpson named as interim chief planner

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 7 August-13 August, 2021

Scottish portal clocks up online milestone

The Scottish Government’s online planning and building warrant portal has just reached an important milestone – it has now received more than one million planning and building standards submissions online.

The Planner

Dr Fiona Simpson named as interim chief planner

The Scottish Government has appointed Dr Fiona Simpson as interim chief planner until a successor to John McNairney is in post. As before, any contacts can be made through the chief planner mailbox: [email protected]

Scottish Housing News

Edinburgh mulls over capital-wide short-term let controls

Edinburgh City Council has started consulting on proposals to designate the whole of the capital as a short-term let (STL) control area, which would mean all short-let properties would automatically require a change of use planning permission.

Edinburgh City Council

Glasgow housing, energy efficiency, and green power moves

Glasgow City Council is set to spend a record £120 million on affordable housing projects during this fiscal year, targeting 1,443 completed homes and site starts for another 1,098 dwellings. The government is providing £537 million in funding for the city’s programme over the next five years. Meanwhile, retrofitting 450,000 homes for energy efficiency, covering the M8 at Charing Cross, and using the River Clyde to generate energy are all on Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken’s strategic wish list.

Scottish Construction Now and Scottish Housing News

Go-ahead for major mixed-use scheme in Leith conservation area

Edinburgh City Council has approved a mixed-use development at Baltic Street in the Leith Conservation Area to provide 558 student bedrooms,18 affordable homes, four work units, a digital co-working space with café and 661 cycle parking spaces. The scheme will involve the restoration of a group of B-listed industrial buildings.

Scottish Housing News

Latest moves for Loch Lomond tourist project

Flamingo Land has submitted a Proposal of Application (PAN) notice for its revised proposals for a £40 million tourist attraction at Balloch on Loch Lomond and has appointed community engagement specialist Fiona Robertson, of Streets-UK, to guide the process. An earlier scheme triggered a record number of objections.

Scottish Construction Now

Major residential project proposed for Glasgow’s Charing Cross area

Watkin Jones Group has submitted proposals for a new residential development on the site of Portcullis House at Charing Cross in Glasgow involving a 279-unit build-to-rent scheme and a 406-unit co-living student project. Demolition of the former HMRC building on India Street is planned.

Scottish Housing News

Dunfermline housing

Fife Council has given Persimmon Homes planning permission for 105 new homes, the second phase of a development that is part of the Halbeath Interchange project near Dunfermline.

Scottish Housing News

Serviced flats proposal for Glasgow hotel site

A developer with planning permission for a 16-storey, 248-bed hotel in Glasgow city centre has submitted proposals for a complex providing 248 serviced flats at the site on St Vincent Street.

Scottish Housing News

Green light for Glasgow community golf facility

Glasgow City Council has approved plans by The R&A to redevelop the existing public golf course at Lethamhill to create a new community golf facility.

Scottish Construction Now

Lairg wind farm extension

SSE Renewables has applied to the government for an extension to its 19-turbine Achany wind farm 11km north-west of Lairg in Sutherland, which would involve up to 20 additional turbines.

SSE Renewables

Skye pylons project

SSEN Transmission is pushing ahead with the proposed replacement of the existing Fort Augustus-to-Skye electricity transmission line. The £400 million scheme will require regulatory approval for funding and is likely to involve some undergrounding, particularly where it passes the Cuillin Hills.


Peebles quarry extension approved

The Scottish Borders Council has approved plans to extend the lifetime of Edston Quarry near Peebles so it can supply 2.2 million tonnes of hard rock over the next 21 years.

BBC News

Flood risk management moves

SEPA has launched a joint consultation with local authorities to shape the direction and delivery of flood risk management across Scotland.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Chocks away for Fife helipad

A  five-star self-catering holiday park in Fife has been given permission to build a new restaurant complete with its own helipad.

The Scotsman

Forth Bridge visitors hub

Network Rail has lodged revised plans with Edinburgh City Council for the creation of a bridge walk and visitor hub at the Forth Bridge.

BBC News

New Lidl for Inverness?

Proposals have been unveiled for a mixed-use development, including a new Lidl store and 39 affordable homes close to one of the busiest roundabouts in Inverness

BBC News

Beavers booming

The number of beavers has more than doubled in Scotland in the past three years to around 1,000 animals, according to a NatureScot survey published this week.


Local initiatives funding

A new £10 million government fund – called Scotland Loves Local – administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership, is now open for business. It will provide match funding of between £5,000 and £25,000 for projects run by groups, which will encourage initiatives such as community shops as well as marketing and digital schemes designed to increase footfall, creativity, or enable the delivery of larger construction projects.

Scottish Government