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Scotland round-up: Revised masterplan for Aberdeen conference centre approved; Investment hits £600m for Dundee waterfront

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 24-30 October, 2015

Revised master plan for key Aberdeen redevelopment approved

City councilors have approved a revised master plan for the £333 million redevelopment of the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

The Planner 

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The Planner

Chancellor to launch National Infrastructure Commission 

Chancellor George Osborne will launch the National Infrastructure Commission in York later today.

The Planner

Scotland’s population projected to continue to rise

Statistics just published by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) show the population of the country is projected to rise from 5.35 million in 2014 to 5.51 million over the next ten years, and then to continue to rise to 5.7 million by 2039 – an increase of seven per cent over the 25 year period.

Scottish Government

Investment hits £600m at Dundee's waterfront project

Dundee's waterfront redevelopment project has secured more than £600 million of committed investment, it has emerged.

BBC News 

Plans drawn up for new wind farm near Hawick

Plans have been drawn up by green generator RES Ltd for a new 13-turbine wind farm near Hawick.

BBC News 

Troubled Dumfries bike hire scheme suspended

A troubled bike hire scheme in Dumfries has been suspended until next spring, according to BBC Scotland.

BBC News 

Developers warned to scale back Royal High hotel bid

Developers behind the hugely-controversial luxury hotel earmarked for one of Edinburgh’s most historic landmarks were warned their plans would cause “exceptional and significant” harm to the building.

The Scotsman 

Suffragette Oak in Glasgow is named Scotland's Tree of the Year

An oak tree planted in Glasgow nearly 100 years ago as a tribute to the city's suffragettes has been named Scotland's Tree of the Year.

BBC News 

Natural Retreats consults on CairnGorm Mountain revamp

The operator of the CairnGorm Mountain snowsports centre, near Aviemore, has unveiled a proposed multi-million pound revamp of the facility.

BBC News

Springfield Properties angered by Fife planning rejection

A war of words has broken out between a leading Scottish house builder and Fife Council over the latter’s refusal of a housing-led development at Dalgety Bay.

BBC News

Improvements in Glasgow air pollution levels

Glasgow is revoking a city-wide air quality management plan after a major improvement in pollution levels thanks partly to more low-emission buses, a cycle-hire scheme and a city car club.

BBC News

New dimension in planning to avoid Forres dump

Residents in Forres are being asked to help create a 3D-scale model of what they want their community to look like in 2020 to help in the planning of green spaces and publicly owned land and buildings over the next five to ten years.

The Scotsman