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Scotland round-up: Probe into unethical behaviour of architects on controversial Glasgow development; Conservationists fight to stop pylons ‘degrading’ Culloden

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 7 May-13 May, 2016

Probe into unethical behaviour of architects on controversial Glasgow development

Architects behind a controversial plan to build 98 modern flats in one of Glasgow’s most prestigious conservation areas are being investigated over complaints that they acted unethically by encouraging staff to lodge submissions in support of the scheme.

The Planner

Government efforts to tackle poverty won’t succeed if it neglects ‘place poverty’ – RTPI

The RTPI has warned that many national and local policies are failing to reduce poverty because they ignore how well-planned local environments with good services and transport can help lift people out of poverty.

The Planner

Government should do more to tackle affordable housing – councils

The Association for Public Service Excellence and the Town and Country Planning Association are calling on the government to deliver the homes needed in the UK.

The Planner

Nicola Sturgeon: New cabinet role will help support business

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will appoint a dedicated economy secretary devoted to protecting jobs in addition to a finance secretary when she names her cabinet next week. Economic growth will be a major issue for the new administration.

The Scotsman

Despite moratorium energy giant hires crews to frack central Scotland

The petrochemical company Ineos is hiring new managers and scientists in London with the “immediate intention” of pushing ahead with fracking in central Scotland, according to a report in the Sunday Herald.

Herald Scotland 

Conservationists fight to stop pylons “degrading” Culloden

The National Trust for Scotland has voiced deep concern over “unacceptable” proposals to construct an overhead power line close to key landmarks such as Culloden battlefield, the Clava Cairns, Castle Fraser and Leith Hall.

The Scotsman

Video: Glasgow tower block demolished

The demolition of Norfolk Court, an iconic Glasgow tower block, took place last weekend.

The Scotsman

Aberdeen announce new stadium plan

Aberdeen football club has announced plans to leave its Pittodrie home and build a new stadium and training facility in Kingsford, near the new Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. The club has abandoned plans to build a new stadium at Loirston to the south of Aberdeen.

BBC News 

Glasgow breaches WHO air pollution safety levels

Glasgow has been named among 11 urban areas in the UK and Ireland that have breached air pollution safety levels.

BBC News

Falkirk Council votes against new £23m HQ and town hall

Falkirk council has all but scrapped plans to relocate to a new multimillion-pound headquarters under a plan that would have seen the town hall moving to the new £80 million Forth Valley College Campus.

Herald Scotland

Report warns Westminster's attitude to renewables is putting UK energy security at risk

The UK Government’s “antagonistic” approach to renewable energy is harming investment in the sector and potentially “jeopardising UK energy security”, the ability to meet the nation’s electricity needs, industry experts have warned in a newly published report.

The National

Plan to turn Mars Bars green with Highland wind farm energy

A new wind farm in the Scottish Highlands is set to power the creation of some of the nation’s best-known chocolate bars and pet foods.

The Scotsman

Scotland's biggest Sikh temple set to open

Scotland's largest Sikh temple will open this weekend with a celebration welcoming the public from all faiths.

Daily Record