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24/05/2019

Scotland round-up: Row over Scotland planning bill’s short-term lets move; Loch Lomond holiday resort plan attracts record objections

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 18 Many-24 May, 2019

Row over Scotland planning bill’s short-term lets move

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman has accused the SNP and Conservatives of conspiring to water down changes to the current Planning [Scotland] Bill designed to introduce tighter controls for short-term lets.

The Planner

News report: ‘Boys’ club’ culture is holding back women in planning, research suggests

A widespread boys’ club mentality is limiting women’s opportunities in the workplace, new research by the RTPI suggests.

The Planner

RTPI announces new chair for its Board of Trustees

Sue Bridges FRTPI has been elected as the new chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees.

The Planner

Loch Lomond holiday resort attracts record objections

Proposals for a holiday resort on the shores of Loch Lomond have triggered some 55,000 objections, the largest number ever for a Scottish planning application.

Glasgow Herald

Capital student housing scheme withdrawn

Controversial student housing plans for Edinburgh’s Gorgie Road, which sparked a public outcry, have been withdrawn by the developers.

Edinburgh Evening News

Boost for homes funding

Since it was launched last year nearly £70 million has been invested by the Building Scotland Fund in housing projects to support the development of around 5,500 new homes.

Scottish Government

Aberdeen bypass bonus

Around 50 per cent of traffic has shifted from Aberdeen city to the new Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route since it fully opened in February – easing congestion and improving air quality in the north east according to monitoring carried out by Transport Scotland.

Scottish Government

Sauchiehall Avenue benefits from Glasgow city deal funds

Glasgow City Council has approved the use of £290,237 of funding from the conurbation’s city deal for the Sauchiehall Avenue public realm project, part of the wider Avenues programme in the city centre,

Glasgow City Council

Saving Scotland’s vanishing rain forests

Some of Scotland’s largest nature conservation organisations are joining forces to save the country’s dwindling rainforests.

The Scotsman

Aberdeenshire targets 2,300 affordable homes

The Scottish Government has signed off Aberdeenshire Council’s strategic housing blueprint, which should see the local authority investing £150 million to help to deliver 2,300 affordable new homes over the next five years.

Aberdeenshire Council

Elgin development pioneers road made from plastics waste

Developer Springfield Properties has taken a major step towards making its schemes more environmentally sustainable after becoming the UK’s first housebuilder to use waste plastic to build a road on a housing development – in this instance on a site at Elgin.
Scottish Housing News

Tourism boost for Dundee

Dundee’s economy received a record-breaking £187 million tourism boost last year, an increase of £16 million on the previous year.

Dundee City Council

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