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Scotland round-up: Scotland to regulate short-term lets; New-build green heating on the cards in Scotland

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 4 January-10 January, 2020

Scotland to regulate short-term lets

Scottish housing minister Kevin Stewart has announced that local authorities will be able to implement a licensing scheme for short-term lets from spring 2021.

The Planner

New-build green heating on the cards in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced that building regulations are to be changed so all that new homes use renewable or low-carbon heating from 2024.

The Planner

Be a planning radical at The Planner Live

Got something original to say and a burning desire to tell your fellow planners? We’re looking for four RTPI members to give five-minute speed presentations at The Planner Live on 29-30 June 2020.

The Planner

Landmark deal for Midlothian new town

Midlothian Council and the developers behind the new town of Shawfair have signed a pioneering landmark sustainable growth agreement that commits them to delivering a well-designed, sustainable community to promote wellbeing and healthy lifestyles. This initiative involves the local authority, the developer and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Midlothian Council

Green light for Kirkcaldy masterplan

Councillors have approved a masterplan from Cala Management to deliver about 1,200 homes, a primary school, and retail units in Kirkcaldy.

Scottish Construction Now

Stirling development blocked

Proposals for a 265-home scheme in Cambusbarron have been rejected by Stirling councillors as overdevelopment.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow tram network progress

Plans to create a city region-wide Glasgow Metro tram network are gathering momentum following an agreement on the financing of the first phase – a link between the airport and Paisley.

Glasgow Herald

Fee consultation launched

The government has begun consulting on plans to update the planning performance and fee regimes in a move reflecting ministerial commitment to the principle that any increases in planning fees must be linked to improved performance.

Scottish Government

Cockenzie power station redevelopment refused

East Lothian Council has rejected a planning application from space technologies company Skyrora Limited to erect an equipment testing facility, office and storage structures at the former Cockenzie power station site.

Scottish Construction Now

New Aldi stores in prospect

Aldi has announced plans to open another six stores in Scotland this year, including two in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh.

Glasgow Herald

Highland electric bike hire

Residents in Fort William, Aviemore and Grantown are being given the chance to hire electric bikes to improve their fitness, mobility and ability to get about their rural communities more easily in a pilot scheme promoted by HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands.

The Highlands Council

Pentland Hills Regional Park blueprint

Residents and visitors to Pentland Hills Regional Park are being consulted on a new 10-year strategic plan.

Edinburgh City Council

Glasgow stadium approved

Queen’s Park Football Club’s proposals for a 1,700-seater stadium at Lesser Hampden in Glasgow have been granted planning permission.

Scottish Construction Now

Midlothian multi-activity project makes waves

Proposals to transform Midlothian Snowsport Centre into an all-year-round, multi-activity leisure facility have moved forward. An application has been lodged for planning in principle for the scheme, which will include the UK’s highest zip line and longest alpine coaster.

Scottish Construction Now

Angus park project unveiled

The National Trust for Scotland has unveiled plans to invest more than £700,000 to repurpose the historic House of Dun, an A-listed Georgian mansion, as a historical park for Angus.

Scottish Construction Now

Edinburgh hotel gets the go-ahead

The city council has approved a £32 million Nyx Hotel to be built in the capital’s Jeffrey Street, making it the brand’s first hotel in the UK. The scheme also includes 31 new homes.

Scottish Construction Now

Port Ellen distillery project

The iconic ‘lost’ distillery of Port Ellen is set be revamped after plans were approved by Argyll & Bute Council. It will see the historic pagoda-roofed kiln house restored alongside the creation of new state-of-the-art production facilities.

Scottish Construction Now

Salmon farming trouble

Proposals for major new salmon farming projects on the Isle of Arran and off Eigg in the Inner Hebrides are facing fierce opposition from locals.

The Guardian and Glasgow Herald

Edinburgh ‘Disneyfication’ struggle

An alliance of permanent residents and community enterprises has mobilised in a struggle to curb what they see as the ‘Disneyfication’ of the capital with such developments as the controversial Christmas market and the Hogmanay celebrations.

The Observer

Prison application lodged with Edinburgh council

Proposals to build a replacement for Barlinnie Prison on derelict former gas industry land at Provanmill in Glasgow have been submitted to the city council by the Scottish Prison Service.

Scottish Construction Now

151-home plan submitted in Glasgow

Swan Group has submitted plans for 151 flats beside Newhall Street in Glasgow’s East End.

Scottish Construction Now

Business park plans lodged with Angus Council

Detailed proposals for a business park and a phased 250-home residential development at Pitskelly in Carnoustie have been submitted to Angus Council.

Scottish Construction Now