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Scotland round-up: RTPI Scotland asks Mackay to allow councils to raise planning fees; Planning bill is amended to include statutory chief planners

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 10 November-16 November, 2018

RTPI Scotland asks Mackay to allow councils to raise planning fees

Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay has been urged to allow local authorities in the country to raise planning fees to cover the full cost of the planning application function.

The Planner

First for Scotland as planning bill is amended to include statutory chief planners

The Local Government and Communities Committee approves an amendment to the Planning (Scotland) Bill that will introduce statutory chief planning officers for councils.

The Planner

Embracing technology will allow planners time to plan

Planning and technology experts have urged the planning profession to take bolder steps to embrace digital technology.

The Planner

Land use policy should reward those who mitigate climate change

Reform is required to make sure that land is a more effective carbon store. Landowners that deliver such climate mitigating objectives should be rewarded.

The Planner

Longannet chosen for Spanish train-making factory

Spanish train manufacturer and technology firm Talgo SA has announced plans to develop a train-building factory at Longannet, Fife. The former power station was chosen as the preferred location for the firm’s UK manufacturing base.

Scottish Construction Now

Hole in capital’s affordable homes funding

The City of Edinburgh Council’s plan to deliver 20,000 new affordable homes by 2027 faces a funding shortfall of £77 million, new figures have revealed.

Scottish Housing News

Trump housing plan for Turnberry

The Trump Organisation is planning to build nearly 90 new homes on land it owns adjoining its loss-making Turnberry golf resort in South Ayrshire.

The Scotsman

Cambuslang homes

South Lanarkshire Council has announced that 300 new homes will be built at East Whitlawburn in Cambuslang as part of a £42 million housing-led regeneration project.

Scottish Housing News

Dundee housing strategy

More than 1,000 affordable new homes will be built in Dundee between now and 2021, according to the city council’s latest strategic housing investment plan.

Dundee City Council

Stonehouse hospital lined up for homes

Persimmon Homes West Scotland has lodged plans with South Lanarkshire Council to build 196 new homes on the site of a former hospital in Stonehouse.

Scottish Housing News

Tomatin hotel and food village

A £10 million-pound hotel and retail/food village at the Tomatin junction on the A9 has been approved by Highland Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Loch Lomond hotel rebuild plan

Plans have been lodged to rebuild the B-listed Cameron House Hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond that was ravaged by a fatal fire in December last year.

BBC News

Edinburgh's future views

More than 5,000 people put forward their views in a major public consultation aimed at shaping how Scotland’s capital looks, feels and functions in the future.

Edinburgh City Council

Glasgow city centre consultation

A new public consultation began this week on the next phase of the Avenues project in Glasgow city centre.

Glasgow City Council

Crofters on Stornoway Airport land wrangle

Crofters are in dispute with Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd over an area of land near Stornoway Airport on Lewis that the company wants to develop for housing.

BBC News

Top tartan wind power

Wind turbines met some 98 per cent of all Scotland’s electricity demand in October, according to analysis from green group WWF Scotland.

The Scotsman

Galloway national park stirrings

More than 300 delegates have attended a conference in south-west Scotland to hear the case for a Galloway national park.

BBC News

Recharge for Glasgow electric buses

Glasgow’s only electric buses have been thrown a lifeline by power giant SP Energy Networks, which is providing £25,000 to keep the service running for a further three months. It is also paying £1.5 million for a trial of two electric single-decker buses.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh broadband boost

The Scottish capital will be among the first six cities in the UK to get faster and more reliable 5G coverage in 2019, according to mobile network provider EE.

The Scotsman

MSPs probe south of Scotland enterprise agency

A Holyrood committee is investigating the establishment of a new enterprise agency for the south of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament

SEC expansion plans published

Plans to expand the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow with new event and conference facilities, an enhanced walkway to Exhibition Centre station and a 200-bed hotel have been unveiled by Keppie Design and Arup.

Scottish Construction Now