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Scotland round-up: RTPI says NPF4 is on the right track but needs resourcing; Go-ahead for Finnieston flats

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 20 February-26 February, 2021

RTPI says NPF4 is on the right track but needs resourcing

The new National Planning Framework for Scotland must be deliverable and connected but also underpinned by action plans and clearly defined success metrics, insists RTPI Scotland.

The Planner

Start of the year stats show decline in contract awards values

For January 2021, the total value of contract awards was £4.3 billion, 10 per cent less than the monthly average of £4.5 billion recorded for 2020.

The Planner

Go-ahead for Finnieston flats

A leisure club in Glasgow’s Finnieston district is to make way for three residential blocks consisting of 195 flats approved this week by the city council.

Scottish Housing News

Major Kincardine housing scheme resurfaces

Proposals to build 581 new homes and three shops in Kincardine, along with a public park, have been submitted to Fife Council for a site earmarked for housing since 2007 that has been the subject of three time extensions to keep former permissions live.

Scottish Housing News

Thumbs down for Glasgow canal-side high-rise flats

Hoxton Securities’ proposals for 182 high-rise flats on a canal-side gap site between Glasgow’s Sawmillfield Street and Farnell Street have been refused by city councillors against the advice of officers.

Scottish Housing News

Passivhaus high school campus proposed for capital

Proposals to make the new Currie Community High School one of the most energy-efficient high schools in Scotland have been unveiled by the City of Edinburgh Council, which has announced that the campus will be the first Passivhaus-designed high school in the country. It would set an energy standard that reduces the amount of energy needed for heating by up to 90 per cent.

Scottish Construction Now

Dundee city deal science project signed off

Work to build on Dundee’s world-class expertise in biomedical sciences is set to begin in earnest after the city’s ‘Biomedical Cluster’ project was officially signed off by the Tay Cities Region joint committee. The initiative has received initial funding of £25 million from the Scottish Government as part of the Tay Cities Deal and is being delivered in partnership with NHS Tayside.

Scottish Construction Now

Aberdeen pushes for 213 council houses on former academy site

Aberdeen City Council has lodged detailed plans to build 213 homes for rent on the site of the former Kincorth Academy.

Scottish Housing News

Ravenscraig transport infrastructure boost

North Lanarkshire Council and Glasgow City Region cabinet have agreed funding of nearly £130 million over the next six years to create new and improved transport infrastructure connecting Ravenscraig north to the M8 and south to Motherwell and the M74.

Scottish Construction Now

Tidal power project targets Islay distilling

A marine energy company has unveiled a groundbreaking project that would see Scotch whisky distilled by tidal power in the Sound of Islay.

Scottish Construction Now

Crowdfunding bid for Colonsay community housing

Residents of the remote Isle of Colonsay have launched a crowdfunding bid to raise £25,000 towards the costs of building four community-owned affordable homes on the island, which has a population of 130 mainly elderly people and a school roll about to drop to just four children.

Scottish Housing News

Football draws will boost tree cover

Drinks company Innocent, which sponsors English Football League 2 side Forest Green Rovers, has vowed to plant 50 trees in Scotland every time a professional football game in the UK finishes 0-0 in a bid to help the country meet its net-zero targets. The trees will be planted in three different areas in Talla and Gameshope in the Scottish Borders.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh swift campaign

Conservationists are asking Edinburgh residents to replace swift nesting sites lost when buildings are renovated and demolished with new nesting boxes in a bid to reverse a drastic decline in the bird's population.

BBC News

Beavers colonising Perth

Beavers in Scotland are establishing a strong presence in Perth, according to researchers conducting a comprehensive survey of the aquatic mammal north of the Border.


Heat networks legislation makes the grade

Legislation that seeks to help cut emissions, reduce fuel poverty, and create green jobs by accelerating the deployment of heat networks has been passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament. Detailed guidance and regulations required to implement the bill will be developed over the next two years.

Scottish Construction Now

Huge Edinburgh BTR scheme approved

Edinburgh City Council has approved a major build-to-rent scheme on Bonnington Road Lane to provide 527 new homes, a quarter of which will be affordable, according to proposals from developer and operator PLATFORM_ .

Scottish Housing News

Green light for Livingston housing

West Lothian Council has given the go-ahead to Bellway Homes Ltd (Scotland East) and Gladman Developments to develop more than 200 houses and flats in Livingston.

Scottish Housing News