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Scotland round-up: RTPI Scotland ‘concerned’ about local authority resourcing; Perth sustainable expansion project approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 29 May-4 June, 2021

RTPI Scotland ‘concerned’ about local authority resourcing

Gross expenditure on planning departments in Scotland has been cut by 42 per cent in real terms since 2009, according to RTPI Scotland, leaving them in a ‘precarious position’.

The Planner

Perth sustainable expansion project approved

Perth & Kinross Council has approved a mixed-use sustainable expansion to the city of Perth, which includes about 1,500 new homes.

The Planner

McNairney to retire as Scotland’s chief planner

The Scottish Government’s chief planner John McNairney is to retire after nine years in the role.

The Planner

Towns allowed to bid for UK City of Culture title

Towns will be able to club together for the first time and compete to be UK City of Culture as the government unveiled the latest competition for the title in 2025.

The Planner

UK ranked bottom of G7 table for green recovery

The UK languishes at the bottom of the G7 nations’ ratings for green stimulus to the economy in response to the Covid-19 crisis, according to latest research.

The Planner

Green light for hotel in Edinburgh conservation area

Edinburgh City Council has approved Legal & General’s proposed conversion of the former Debenhams store in the capital’s Princes Street into a boutique hotel and hospitality hub. The development is within the New Town Conservation Area and is located in the World Heritage Site.

Glasgow Herald

Lanarkshire village deal move

Landowner and potato magnate Albert Bartlett’s development company is inviting bids from housebuilders to deliver a proposed 520-home village in Lanarkshire earmarked for a 36.5-hectare site in the hamlet of Strand, equidistant between Airdrie, Drumgelloch and Cumbernauld railway stations with good connections to Glasgow and Edinburgh. The scheme has planning in principle.

Scottish Housing News

Urban neighbourhood proposed for Glasgow car-park

Vengada Estates has teamed up with architects Stallan-Brand to lodge a submission for planning in principle for Glasgow’s King Street car park, which is in line to be redeveloped as a new neighbourhood delivering a hotel, restaurants, flats, shops, and an office campus.

Scottish Housing News

Ayr homes proposed

Barratt Homes has proposed a development of 144 homes at the former 8.5-hectare Neptune Work site in Ayr.

Scottish Housing New

Glasgow urban forest

The Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network has revealed ambitious plans for a new urban forest which would see 18 million trees planted over the next decade involving the eight local authorities across the Greater Glasgow conurbation.

Glasgow Herald

Glasgow Southside arcade redevelopment

Urban designers HAUS Collective has unveiled a scheme to regenerate the Shawlands Arcade, a well-known 1960s landmark at the heart of Glasgow’s Southside with new shops, cafés and more than 300 new homes.

Scottish Construction Now

250 new homes for Angus?

Proposals have been submitted to build 250 new homes as part of moves to redevelop the site of the one-time luxury Letham Grange resort hotel in Angus.

Scottish Housing News

Drum’s revised proposals for Leith Walk approved

Edinburgh City Council has given the go-ahead to Drum Property Group’s latest proposals for a 1.2-hectare development site on Leith Walk involving 148 flats, 38 affordable, and the retention and refurbishment of an existing two-storey sandstone building.

Scottish Construction Now

Broomielaw hotel project

Mosaic Architecture + Design has submitted plans on behalf of HMH One Clyde for an £18 million hotel development on the site currently occupied by Oswald House and the adjacent vacant site on Glasgow’s Broomielaw.

Scottish Construction Now

Rothesay Dock hydrogen scheme

The Peel Group has announced proposals for a £20 million hydrogen facility at Rothesay Dock on the north bank of the River Clyde, West Dunbartonshire, which would use non-recyclable plastics as its main feedstock.

Glasgow Herald

North Sea offshore power proposals

Energy entrepreneurs have revealed proposals for hundreds of floating wind turbines off Shetland and the central North Sea whose generating capacity would be used to produce hydrogen.

Glasgow Herald

Caithness quarry power project

Developer Highview Power has revealed proposals for a CRYObattery energy plant in a Caithness quarry. The project would use off-peak electricity to compress and cool air in a tank so it becomes a freezing liquid, which during times of peak demand would be warmed back into a gas to drive a turbine to create more electricity.

BBC News

North Scotland broadband boost

Thousands of homes across northern Scotland will soon have access to full-fibre broadband for the first-time, benefiting places such as Fort William, Oban, Turriff and Pitlochry.

BBC News

Local place plan engagement

The government’s planning and architecture division has announced details of a series of online initiatives targeting community councils and groups in respect of the new breed of local place plans and the regulations that will support their development.

Scottish Government

Housing development approved for Glasgow green belt site

Glasgow City Council’s planning applications committee has gone against the advice of officers by approving permission in principle for around 350 new homes proposed by Taylor Wimpey and Caledonian Properties for a 22-hectare green belt site on the north-eastern flank of the city at Robroyston.

Scottish Housing News