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Scotland round-up: Land register consultation starts; Wind turbines ‘have no effect on eagles’, says study

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 10 September-16 September, 2016

Scotland’s land register consultation starts

The Scottish government is pushing ahead with its proposals to improve the transparency of land ownership in the country.

The Planner

Dundee Waterfront project targets London investors

Dundee's £1 billion waterfront regeneration development will host a roadshow in London this month to encourage new investment in the project.

BBC News

Wind turbines ‘have no effect on eagles’, says study

Golden eagles living close to one of Scotland’s first major wind farms are thriving, according to a pioneering 20-year study.

The Scotsman

Aberdeen Airport passenger figures fall 11 per cent in a year

Passenger figures have fallen at Aberdeen Airport, despite increased footfall in other Scottish airports.

The Scotsman

Olympic Park designers to plan Union Terrace Gardens revamp

The design team behind London's Olympic Park has been given the task of drawing up detailed plans to regenerate Union Terrace Gardens, the historic Aberdeen city centre park.

BBC News

MSPs urge council to act to ensure reopening of South Suburban line

Council chiefs have been urged to move quickly to ensure the option of reopening Edinburgh’s South Suburban rail line to passenger services.

Edinburgh Evening News

Dumfriesshire villagers pursue community buyout

Villagers from Wanlockhead, Dumfriesshire, are learning from the experience of islanders in Harris over plans for a community buyout of a huge swathe of the Duke of Buccleuth’s 40,000-hectare Queensberry estate.

Herald Scotland

Cash crisis puts future of Prince Charles’s project in doubt

Knockroon, the Scottish equivalent of Poundbury – the new settlement championed by Prince Charles – is under a cloud and facing a Charities Commission investigation.

The Scotsman

Council to develop residential strategy for Glasgow city centre

Glasgow City Council has decided to develop a residential strategy for the city centre and has appointed international real estate adviser Savills to assist in this initiative.

Glasgow City Council

Increase in Scottish affordable homes

The number of affordable homes approved over the year to the end of June 2016 has increased by 26 per cent on the previous year, bringing the total number of approvals over the year to 8,067. Official statistics published this week also show that during 2015-16, the number of new house builds started across the public and private sector rose to 16,910 – a 4 per cent increase on the previous year and the highest number of starts since 2008-9.

The Scottish Government

Housing boost for the islands

Up to 100 affordable homes will be delivered in island communities through a new £5 million fund.

The Scottish Government

‘Encouraging’ early Edinburgh air quality figures for 2016

Statistics from monitoring stations at key locations in Edinburgh show a marked improvement in air quality so far this year compared with 2015, with 97 per cent of streets meeting required standards.

Edinburgh City Council

Edinburgh to overtake Glasgow as Scotland’s biggest city?

Edinburgh City Council chief executive Andrew Kerr has predicted that it will become Scotland’s biggest city within 25 years, with a population approaching 750,000. Each of Scotland’s four city council areas, including Dundee and Aberdeen, recorded growth in 2015, but current predictions suggest that Edinburgh will expand at the fastest rate.

The Scotsman

Flamingo Land operator could develop Loch Lomond resort

A site on the shores of Loch Lomond could be turned into a holiday resort by the operator of Flamingo Land Ltd, a theme park in Yorkshire. Proposals for the 20-hectare site at Balloch include lodges, a boutique hotel, ‘glamping pods’ and restaurants.

BBC News