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Scotland round-up: Regional growth framework for Edinburgh city region takes shape; Spatial planning ‘must’ feature in Scotland’s transport strategy

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 19 October-25 October, 2019

Regional growth framework for Edinburgh city region takes shape

Local politicians in the capital and south-east Scotland are looking to establish a regional growth framework as a result of the partnerships formed to progress the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

The Planner

Spatial planning ‘must’ feature in Scotland’s transport strategy

RTPI Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that the country’s National Transport Strategy supports ‘positive collaboration’ with spatial planning to meet its commitments to be zero-carbon by 2045.

The Planner

Bids open to research planning outcomes

The RTPI has issued an invitation to tender (ITT) for research that aims to identify the most important outcomes in spatial planning and feasible ways to measure them.

The Planner

RTPI urges clear guidance for planning chiefs

RTPI Scotland director Craig McLaren has called for clear guidance from the Scottish Government on the role of chief planning officers, a welcome provision in the country’s new Planning (Scotland) Act. This call came when he gave evidence to MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee recently.


Islands power links put on hold

Proposals for two major new projects providing 600-megawatt subsea power links from the Shetland Isles and, separately, the Western Isles, to the Scottish mainland have been put on hold. This will allow the transmission company involved, Scottish and Southern Energy Networks, to review the economics of the schemes after some planned wind farms on the islands failed to win subsidies in the recent government auction as required by energy regulator Ofgem to justify the new infrastructure.

Ofgem and SSEN

Population projections

Scots are expected to live longer but inward migration will be essential to ensure that the country’s population continues to grow, according to national statistical projections just published. The figures indicate that there will be 240,000 more pensioners over the next 25 years – an increase of 23.2 per cent while the working age population reduces by 7,000 people.

Scottish Government    

Easterhouse housing approved

Glasgow City Council has approved a planning application for 132 homes as part of a new residential community in Easterhouse.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow’s Teacher building conversion move

Mosaic Architecture + Design has submitted plans for a £6 million project to bring whisky back to the former Teacher building in Glasgow’s St Enoch Square. This would see the property converted into a whisky-themed bar and restaurant with 25 serviced flats on the upper floors. The design also includes plans to refurbish the gilded Teacher sign on the landmark property.

The Scotsman
Replacement East Renfrewshire LDP

East Renfrewshire Council has begun a public consultation on its replacement local development plan (LDP).

East Renfrewshire Council

Pollinator guidance published by SNH

Scottish Natural Heritage has published new guidance for the planning and construction industry on creating a more resilient and nature-rich urban environment by helping pollinators.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Glen Affric elm wins award

A lone ancient elm that has stood watch over Glen Affric in the Highlands for more than 300 years has been named Scotland’s Tree of the Year.

The Scotsman

Major Fife paper mill redevelopment approved

The  £250 million redevelopment of the former Tullis Russell paper factory in Fife as a residential-led, mixed-use development of 850 new homes (85 of which would be affordable) has been given the green light by the planning authority. It also includes a care home and retirement village, as well as commercial, retail and leisure floor space.

The Scotsman

500-home project mooted for Greenock

A £100 million housing and commercial development on the former IBM site in Greenock has been unveiled. It could see the 30-hectare site provide up to 500 new homes, a number of industrial and commercial units, a pub, restaurant or café, community centre, children's play park and a park-and-ride car park.

Greenock Telegraph

Amazon mulls over Kintyre wind farm

Tech giant Amazon is understood to be planning a 50-megawatt wind farm on the Kintyre Peninsula to power its data centres.  

Glasgow Herald

Walkers and cyclists want ban on new roads

Eight walking and cycling organisations have called for an end to building new roads in Scotland and to provide more street space for people on foot and bikes.

Scottish Housing News

Edinburgh multistorey listed

Edinburgh’s Castle Terrace car park that featured in the film T2 Trainspotting has been given listed building status as Scotland’s first modern multistorey.

BBC News