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04/01/2019

Scotland round-up: Scotland’s first LEZ launched; Hamiltonhill masterplan approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 29 December 2018-4 January 2019

Scotland’s first LEZ launched

Scotland’s first low emission zone (LEZ) came into force this week in Glasgow. It is intended to be the forerunner of similar initiatives in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee.

The Planner

Hamiltonhill masterplan approved

Glasgow City Council has approved the masterplan for the Queens Cross Housing Association’s proposals for a new 600-home development in the north of the city designed to transform the Hamiltonhill area into a 21st century suburb close to the city centre.

Scottish Construction Now

Dubai ruler has second thoughts over Highland estate plan

Following objections, the billionaire ruler of Dubai has withdrawn plans submitted to the Highland Council to expand his massive Scottish estate with a nine-bedroom house and two lodges for staff.

The Scotsman

Hawick wind farm snubbed

Bank Renewables proposed 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick in the Scottish Borders has been rejected by ministers over concerns about its impact on the natural beauty of the area.

BBC News

Cardross seminary stays in ruins

The A-listed St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, one of the country’s most important modern sites, looks likely to remain a modernist ruin for the foreseeable future.

Glasgow Herald

Trump scheme accusations

William Walton, a barrister, academic and town planner, has accused the Scottish Government and Aberdeenshire Council of “significant professional failings” in how they dealt with the application by Trump Holdings to develop a golf resort at Menie on the Aberdeenshire coast. The development is back in the headlines now that the company has submitted plans to compete the scheme with 500 private homes and 50 ‘hotel cottages’.

The Scotsman

North Uist turbines on target

A community-owned wind farm is set to be built on North Uist next year after a fundraising campaign passed its target.

The Scotsman

Edinburgh Airbnb on the up

Edinburgh’s burgeoning Airbnb market has escalated, with the number of entire houses or flats now available to let in the city rocketing from 5,474 to 7,366 in the past 12 months.

The Scotsman

Go-ahead for Tranent distillery revamp

Scotch whisky giant Diageo has obtained planning permission from East Lothian Council to transform the visitor experience at its Glenkinchie Distillery at Tranent, around 10 miles outside the capital.

Glasgow Herald

Team to review transport models announced

Work to shape the future of infrastructure investment by Scotland Transport has taken a step forward now that a second projects review is being undertaken by a combined team of Jacobs and Aecom. It will consider all transport modes including the strategic road and rail networks as well as active travel, island connectivity, ferries and buses.

Scotland Transport

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