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Scotland round-up: RTPI Scotland proposes two-year housing delivery programmes; Further delay for Scottish capital’s city deal

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 1 July-7 July, 2017

RTPI Scotland proposes two-year housing delivery programmes

RTPI Scotland has published two think pieces that aim to develop and advance Scottish Government proposals to improve the planning system, with one suggesting two-year housing delivery programmes to overcome barriers to delivery.

The Planner

Further delay for Scottish capital’s city deal

Edinburgh’s city-region deal, worth more than £1 billion, has been delayed yet again, the city council has confirmed.

The Planner

Self and custom build homes market on the rise

The UK’s self and custom build housing market has recorded its third consecutive annual rise, according to new research.

The Planner

Queen unveils Scotland’s newest canal at Helix project

The Queen has unveiled a plaque officially naming Scotland’s newest section of canal after her. The canal was built as part of the £43 million Helix project near Falkirk, which includes the famous Kelpies sculptures.

BBC News

£50m arts venue and civic centre plan for Falkirk unveiled

Proposals have been revealed for a new arts venue and civic centre as the anchors of an ambitious £50 million redevelopment of Falkirk focused around the Grahamston railway station.

Herald Scotland

Campaigners: Climate Change Bill falls short

A coalition of leading green campaigners is urging people to push politicians further for a ‘world-leading’ climate change plan for Scotland, claiming current proposals fall short of the mark.

Herald Scotland

Air quality inquiry launched

The Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has launched an inquiry into air quality issues.

Scottish Parliament

Scottish coastal projects given £4.3m funding 

Projects for attracting tourists, creating new jobs and boosting economic growth in coastal communities will receive £4.3 million funding, the Scottish Government has announced.

BBC News

SNP plans radical shake-up of Scottish railways

Transport minister Humza Yousaf is set to unveil the biggest shake-up to Scottish rail in decades, it has been reported.

Herald Scotland

MoD urged to reconsider plans to close military sites across Scotland

Veterans minister Keith Brown has urged the UK Ministry of Defence to reconsider planned site closures in Scotland after meeting counterparts in London.

Midlothian Advertiser

Dundee gin distillery announces plans to restore historic mill

A Dundee gin distillery plans to open a visitor centre and gin school as part of a restoration of its historic site.

The Courier

Climate Change Bill consultation launched

The administration is consulting on proposals for a new Climate Change Bill, which will amend those parts of the 2009 Act that relate to emission reduction targets and associated reporting duties.

Scottish Government

Persimmon boss calls for more land to be released for new houses

The government has been urged by developer Persimmon Homes to ensure that local authorities are allocating more land to meet the demand for new housing.

Herald Scotland

Flamingo Land at Balloch a step closer with public consultation

The owners of Yorkshire’s Flamingo Land scheme have unveiled plans for a public consultation as they progress their proposals for a £30 million leisure resort at Balloch.

The Scotsman