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Scotland round-up: Proposed Borderlands growth deal initiative makes waves; Midlothian film studio glitch

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 29 September-5 October, 2018

Proposed Borderlands growth deal initiative makes waves

Proposals for a regional growth initiative straddling the Scottish border and involving Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council has been submitted to the UK and Scottish governments.

The Planner

The Planner Careers Survey 2019

Are you happy in your job and with your choice of profession? Do you expect the outlook for planning to improve? How would you attract more young people into the planning profession? Find out more about the survey on The Planner.

The Planner

RTPI elects new fellows

The RTPI has announced that three new fellows have been elected to the institute.


Midlothian film studio glitch

Controversial £250 million plans to create Scotland’s first purpose-built film studio on the outskirts of Edinburgh have been thrown into disarray after farmer Jim Telfer won a legal battle at the Scottish Land Court to remain on land his family has occupied for more than 100 years. The land is earmarked for part of the Pentland Studios development.

Edinburgh Evening News

Highlands wind farm scheme

A planning application has been submitted by SIMEC, part of the GFG Alliance, for a £158 million 39-turbine onshore wind farm at Glenshero in the Highlands capable of generating 168 megawatts.

BBC News

Over 30,000 homes needed annually to meet demand

Scotland needs an estimated 34,367 units of housing annually across all tenures until 2031 to meet demand, according to analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Scottish Housing News 

Cromarty Forth port flourishes

The Port of Cromarty Firth has recorded its best year after turnover jumped by £1 million, helping trigger further investment in port infrastructure.

The Scotsman

Dundee and Edinburgh charge ahead

The capital has unveiled a strategic, citywide network of electric vehicle-charging points, while Dundee has been named as the most visionary city in Europe for electric vehicles at a recent ceremony in Japan.

Edinburgh City Council and Dundee City Council

Natural attraction

Scottish Natural Heritage is awarding almost £1 million to 11 projects set to bring local communities closer to nature.  

Scottish Natural Heritage

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire blueprint

The content for the proposed next strategic development plan (SDP) for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire has been agreed by both councils and will go out for consultation later this month (October).

Aberdeen City Council

TV shows boost economy

Movies and TV shows shot in Glasgow last year contributed more than £15 million to the city’s economy last year.

Glasgow Herald

E-bike boost

The biggest expansion of power-assisted cycling north of the Border will see more than 230 electric bikes funded by the Scottish Government, ministers have announced.

The Scotsman

Inverness pioneers augmented reality trail

A series of plaques depicting local legends and historic events have been installed at various locations across Inverness, forming the first augmented reality trail in the UK.

The Highland Council

Inverness hydro project

The Highland Council has submitted a planning application for a low head hydroelectric development using an Archimedes screw at the Torvean Weir on the River Ness.

The Highland Council