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Scotland round-up: Regeneration of Glasgow’s Greater Easterhouse area makes waves; Consultation launched for Edinburgh city vision

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 24 September - 30 September, 2016

Regeneration of Glasgow’s Greater Easterhouse area makes waves

Glasgow City Council has announced plans to draw up a strategic development framework to guide the continuing transformation of the Greater Easterhouse area of the city.

The Planner

Consultation launched for Edinburgh city vision

Residents, businesses, partners and stakeholders in Edinburgh are being asked to share their vision for the future of the Scottish capital.

The Planner

UN Habitat III - A round-up

Habitat III, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from October 17-20. Here's a selection of stories about the event and its themes.

The Planner

Reassurance for registered social landlords

Legislation which will help support the delivery of 50,000 new affordable homes is to be introduced by the administration. By ensuring Registered Social Landlords can be classified as private bodies, the bill will ensure that RSLs can borrow money privately in addition to the Scottish Government’s committed investment of £3 billion in affordable housing.

Scottish Government

Fifth conservation group opposes Coul golf course plan

A fifth conservation group has joined a campaign against plans to build a golf course near Dornoch in Sutherland.

BBC News

Diageo gifts former Kilmarnock bottling plant site for regeneration

Diageo's former Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock is to be gifted to a regeneration project which aims to redevelop the town centre.

BBC News

Plans lodged for rooftop restaurant for Princes Street

Plans for Princes Street’s first-ever rooftop restaurant are set to be lodged with the city of Edinburgh Council shortly.

Edinburgh Evening News

Support for local economies

Business minister Paul Wheelhouse has announced that four areas - Hawick, Irvine, Clackmannanshire and Fife - will share a £10 million fund designed to boost economic development.

Scottish Government

Greenhouse gas emissions from Scottish industry fall for third year in a row

The total emissions of six greenhouse gases (GHGs) from industries regulated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency fell again between 2014 and 2015, bringing the overall reduction since 2007 to 34 per cent.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Wind farms are killing bats by 'making their lungs explode', campaigners claim

Environmental campaigners fear wind farms are causing the death of millions of bats every year by making their lungs explode. The Scottish Government is being urged to investigate this phenomenon – known as barotrauma.

Herald Scotland

Council to invest £450,000 in Borders Railway

Midlothian Council has agreed to invest £450,000 in maximising the economic opportunities of the Borders Railway.

The Scotsman

Ministers drive to boost cycling backfires after rates fall

Cycling rates in Scotland have fallen, in a setback to ministers' ambitions to quadruple them by 2020.

The Scotsman

Scottish Borders Council advised not to oppose Fallago Rig expansion

Scottish Borders Council has been advised not to oppose plans to expand the existing Fallago Rig 48-turbine wind farm with 12 more units.

BBC News

Application submitted for £80m fish feed plant on Skye Fish farming company

Marine Harvest has submitted a planning application to Highland Council for an £80 million fish feed factory on Skye.

BBC News

Sturgeon urged to intervene over film studio impasse

Almost 250 film and television producers, directors and leading behind-the-scenes workers in Scotland have urged first minister Nicola Sturgeon to intervene to ensure a controversial studio complex on the outskirts of Edinburgh, currently the subject of an appeal, goes ahead.

The Scotsman

Extra time for views on marine bird protection areas

A public consultation on proposals to protect important areas for Scotland’s marine birds has been extended by Scottish Natural Heritage, giving people an extra week to submit their views.

Scottish Natural Heritage