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Scotland round-up: Revised proposals for major Aberdeenshire settlement unveiled; Chief planner gives planning update

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 13 May-19 May, 2017

Revised proposals for major Aberdeenshire settlement unveiled

Public consultation will be held shortly on revised proposals for a development on the outskirts of Ellon, Aberdeenshire, involving nearly 1,000 homes.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Plaid Cymru promises to escalate energy renewables 

Plaid Cymru has promised to fund new Welsh railways, roads and affordable homes as well as increase energy generation from renewable energy sources.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Lib Dems vow to build 300,000 homes a year

The Liberal Democrats have set a target of building 300,000 homes a year for sale and rent as well as creating 10 new garden cities.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Labour vows to resource planning departments

The Labour Party has pledged to ‘properly resource and bolster’ planning authorities with fuller powers so that communities are at the heart of planning.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Conservatives to change planning law for shale applications

The Conservative Party has pledged to deliver an additional 500,000 homes by 2022, on top of the current target to deliver one million by 2020, as well as to change planning law for shale applications and digitise the planning process.

The Planner

Planning update from the chief planner

Scottish chief planner John McNairney has written a letter updating interested parties on current workstreams being taken forward by the planning and architecture division as they progress the review of planning.

Scottish Government

Green light for £100m Glasgow office scheme

Property investor M&G Real Estate has been granted planning consent for its £100 million office redevelopment at Corunna House in central Glasgow.

Construction Enquirer

Plans for £10m dolphin-spotting centre in Aberdeen

A proposed £10 million dolphin-spotting centre could do for Aberdeen what the V&A Museum is doing for Dundee, it has been claimed.

BBC News

Planning consent granted for 180 homes in Edinburgh

Architecture firm Sheppard Robson has achieved planning consent for a 180-unit residential project, which is expected to reinvigorate a prominent brownfield site on the Water of Leith River on the north flank of Edinburgh.

Scottish Housing News

More than 300 affordable homes to come to Granton Harbour

Port of Leith Housing Association has acquired a 2.1-hectare plot of land on West Harbour Road in Granton which will pave the way for 302 affordable homes to be built within the next five years.

Scottish Housing News

Scottish villages chosen for broadband boosting pilot

Villagers in some of the more remote parts of Scotland are due to take part in a pilot for a new broadband boosting technology.

BBC News

Proportion of Scotland’s protected sites in favourable condition – statistics

Scottish Natural Heritage has released the latest figures tracking the proportion of Scottish protected natural features in favourable or recovering status.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Plan to preserve PoW camp in Scotland

The former Stobs Camp military training base in the Borders, which became an internment camp during the Second World War, is now the focus of preservation and restoration plans to preserve its history.

Herald Scotland

UWS gains approval in principle for Keppie designed residential masterplan

The University of the West of Scotland has secured planning permission in principle for 102 residential dwellings at its Craigie Campus in Ayr.

Scottish Housing News

Anger at plan for 49ft mast at island’s fairy pools

A planning application for a mobile phone mast to be erected off an existing forestry track near the Fairy Pools, on the Isle of Skye, has caused concern among locals..

Herald Scotland

Further fall in organic land

The percentage of agricultural land used for organic farming has fallen by 4 per cent to 122,000 hectares, or 2.2 per cent of agricultural land, according to figures published by the government.

Scottish Government

Edinburgh cycle commuting hits new record

Cycle commuting into Edinburgh is at record levels in modern times, campaigners Spokes have announced.

The Scotsman

£15m funding for walking and cycling infrastructure

More than £15 million in grant funding has been awarded by active travel charity Sustrans Scotland for the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure over the next year.

Scottish Construction Now

Edinburgh-Glasgow rail electrification delayed again

Plans to speed up journeys by electrifying the main Edinburgh-Glasgow rail line have been delayed again, transport minister Humza Yousaf has told MSPs.

Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh’s bid for low emission zone

Edinburgh is to bid to have Scotland's first low emission zone to tackle air pollution.

BBC News