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Scotland round-up: RTPI says new Scottish investment bank should help unlock housing sites; New masterplan for Ravenscraig

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 21 October-27 October, 2017

RTPI says new Scottish investment bank should help unlock housing sites

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched a public consultation on the remit of the proposed Scottish National Investment Bank, with RTPI Scotland arguing that the bank’s activities are aligned with planning priorities.

The Planner

New masterplan for Ravenscraig

The developers behind the redevelopment of the former Ravenscraig steelworks have revealed that the current plans will be abandoned and a new scaled-down masterplan presented.

The Planner

Businesses concerned about infrastructure delivery rate

A survey has suggested that businesses and the public are worried about the speed with which infrastructure is delivered.

The Planner

Fife mine site regeneration

Ambitious proposals from Hargreave Services to develop a new energy park and industrial estate at the site of the 423-hectare former Westfield open-cast mine in Fife have made progress now that planning permission in principle has been given.

Scottish Construction Now

World Heritage status for Skye?

Highland Council has suggested World Heritage status could be sought for the Isle of Skye to help attract funding for improvements to facilities for tourists.

BBC News

Aberdeenshire home scheme

Developers have submitted plans to build more than 500 homes in the Aberdeenshire village of Mintlaw.

Scottish Housing News

Online land and property resource launched

A new online resource called ScotLIS has been launched. It will allow the public, communities, professionals and business to access comprehensive information about any piece of land or property in Scotland for the first time.

Keepers of the Registers of Scotland

Glasgow campus housing proposals deferred

A decision on CALA Homes’ application to build more than 400 homes on the University of Strathclyde’s former Jordanhill campus in Glasgow has been deferred pending consideration of further representations from interested parties.

Glasgow Herald

Wraps come off Dundee’s V&A Museum

The wraps have finally come off Scotland’s newest landmark, Dundee’s V&A Museum of Design, on the banks of the River Tay.

The Scotsman

Fracking ban voted through

A majority of MSPs have backed the Scottish Government’s use of planning regulations to effectively ban fracking in a move that will be reflected in the text of the next iteration of the National Planning Framework. 

Scottish Government

Hamilton urban village proposed

Plans to transform the current site of the University of the West of Scotland at Hamilton into an urban village providing 365 new homes, a hotel, a care home and commercial floor space have been submitted.

Scottish Housing News

Aberdeen trials hydrogen taxi

Scotland’s first hydrogen taxi is to start a one-year trial in the granite city.

Aberdeen City Council

Dundee sets out city plan

Dundee City Council has published its city plan for the next 10 years as it finalised a capital programme worth £350 million for the next five years.

Dundee City Council

Greenlight for new prison at Inverness

Highland Council has given planning permission in principle for the new HMP Highland, the first new prison in the north of Scotland for more than a century.

Scottish Construction Now

Incinerator angst

Proposals for 11 huge new waste incinerators across Scotland have prompted warnings that they will endanger health, pollute the environment and breach government recycling policy. 

Glasgow Herald

Tuneful Titan crane

The iconic Titan Crane, a Clydebank landmark, is to be turned into a giant musical instrument controlled by the wind.

Glasgow Herald

Scots most modern recycling plant operational

Scotland’s most advanced – and newest – materials recycling facility has been officially opened in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City Council

Portal user surveys

The government’s eDevelopment Operations team wants to make improvements to eDevelopment.scot, which includes the ePlanning.scot and eBuildingStandards.scot portals and has asked for feedback from users.

Scottish Government

More and older Scots

The population of Scotland is projected to continue increasing and ageing, according to the latest figures published by National Records of Scotland which indicate that the country’s population will rise to 5.69 million in 2041 – an increase of 5 per cent over the 25-year period.

Scottish Government