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Scotland round-up: Report spells out how derelict and vacant land can be reused; Latest data zone figures published

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 17 August-23 August, 2019

Report spells out how derelict and vacant land can be reused

The country’s Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce has set out its stall on how it plans to help bring land back into productive use and prevent future sites from being abandoned.

The Planner

Help us celebrate 60 years of the RTPI’s Royal Charter

This year is a particularly special one for the RTPI, which next month will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter. You can help The Planner mark the occasion.

The Planner

Latest data zone figures published

Figures just published by the National Records of Scotland provide the latest mid-2018 population estimates for the 6,976 small areas of Scotland known as data zones.

Scottish Government

Cowlairs masterplan unveiled

Glasgow City Council has unveiled proposals to regenerate Cowlairs, in the north of the city; 850 new homes and a park are among proposals set out in a master plan for the area.

Glasgow City Council

Part of Dundee golf course goes for homes

Plans to build 76 new homes on part of a Dundee golf course have been waved through by city councillors.

Scottish Housing News

Auld Reekie hotel approved

Planning permission has been granted for a new hotel on Osborne Terrace in Edinburgh, which will see Osborne House, a 1970s office building within the Wester Coates area, converted into a 157-bedroom hotel with a restaurant and bar on the ground floor.

Scottish Construction Now

High streets under pressure

Nine closures a month have hit Scotland’s high streets since 2016, according to a new report from the Federation of Small Businesses.

The Scotsman

Barrhead campus lined up for housing

Miller Homes is to consult on plans to deliver some 233 new homes on a former university campus on the outskirts of Barrhead.

Scottish Housing News

Highland tourist tax consultation

A Highland tourist tax could raise up to £10 million pounds a year, according to Highland Council officials, as the local authority launched a consultation on a potential so-called Highland transient visitor levy.  

The Highland Council

Glasgow Meat Market moves

Housing association Home Group has been chosen to lead the redevelopment of the original Glasgow Meat Market, where it will deliver 240 new affordable homes in partnership with the city council.

Scottish Housing News

Tweed tourist BID proposal

Scottish Borders Council is being canvassed to back proposals for a Tweed Valley tourism-based Business Improvement District.

BBC News