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28/10/2016

Scotland round-up: Scots planning system lags behind the rest of the UK; Councils approve partnership to deliver energy from waste facility

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 22 October-28 October, 2016

Scots planning system lags behind the rest of the UK 

The Scottish planning system is trailing behind the rest of the UK, according to a survey published this week.

The Planner

Inspectorate helps to fund RTPI bursaries

The Planning Inspectorate has contributed £5,500 to two student bursary schemes the RTPI has set up to help tackle the shortage of planners.

The Planner

Mixed views from the industry as government backs Heathrow expansion 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says a new runway at Heathrow Airport will be ‘devastating’ for air quality across London while businesses have welcomed the government’s decision to support expansion at the airport.

The Planner

Stranraer wind farm allowed despite coastal landscape impact

The development of eight wind turbines has been allowed on an area of coastal farmland in Stranraer, Scotland, despite a reporter finding that the scheme would fail to conserve the natural heritage of the area.

The Planner

Lesson learnt at Habitat III

RTPI chief executive Trudi Elliott reflects on what she learnt from attending Habitat III.

RTPI

Winner of RTPI George Pepler International Award announced

Isobel Bruun-Kiaer, climate change advisor for the Town and Country Planning Association, has been awarded the RTPI George Pepler International Award bursary grant of £2,000 towards a research trip in New Zealand.

RTPI

Nations adopt global strategy on sustainable cities

Nearly 170 countries have unanimously adopted the New Urban Agenda, the United Nations’ 20-year strategy on sustainable urbanisation, at the closing of the Habitat III summit on cities.

Citiscope

Markets may fund Aberdeen's £1bn investment plan

Aberdeen City Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to be assigned an issuer credit rating as it prepares for the next stage of an ambitious capital programme.

BBC News

Population projections for Scottish areas

Scotland’s projected population increase is likely to be unevenly spread across the country, according to a report issued this week by the Registrar General for Scotland.

Scottish Government

Aberdeenshire golf resort to rival Donald Trump’s course

The group that runs tennis star Andy Murray’s Cromlix Hotel has joined forces with an Aberdeenshire estate to propose a golf resort at Stonehaven that is set to rival US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Menie Estate complex.

Herald Scotland

Councils approve partnership to deliver energy-from-waste facility 

A partnership between Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council was agreed this week that will see the three authorities work together on the next steps for the building an energy-from-waste facility in the city.

Aberdeen City Council

Building programme looks to the future

Nearly £400 million is set to be invested across Dundee for a five-year building programme by the city council that will include regeneration projects.

Dundee City Council

Church community buy-out gets consent

A community bid to take over a former church in Edinburgh has been given the green light by the Scottish government.

BBC News

New protected marine areas announced

Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham has designated two new Marine Protection Areas around the Fair Isle and in the Firth of Clyde.

Scottish Government

Consultation on SPAs launched

The Scottish Government has started consultations led by Scottish Natural Heritage on establishing five new offshore Special Protection Areas (SPAs).

Scottish Government

New harbour office plans go on display

The former Harbourmaster’s office in Stranraer is set for repair and extension as part of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s plans to develop the town’s waterfront.

The Galloway Gazette

Housing estate plans near medieval Dirleton Castle halted

Proposals to build a housing estate in front of a medieval Scottish castle have been withdrawn by developer Cala Homes following protests.

The Scotsman

Pontoon plan to revive Stirling’s harbour link to the Forth

Stirling Council has submitted a planning application to itself for a floating pontoon on the River Forth at Stirling as part of plans to reconnect the ancient town with the Forth and take advantage of its waterfront location.

The Scotsman

Increased funding for woodland creation in Scotland

Proposals to plant 1,200 hectares of new woodland across Scotland have been backed with £6.5 million in funding.

BBC News

Lord Ahmad outlines benefits of Heathrow expansion to Scotland

A new runway at Heathrow would boost jobs across the UK, lead to more flights and better connections, and link Scottish businesses to expanding global markets, aviation minister Lord Ahmad said at Glasgow Airport this week.

UK Government

Murrayfield ice rink under threat from hotel development plan

Major plans have been unveiled to bulldoze Murrayfield Ice Rink in Edinburgh to make way for a hotel, flats, and a care home.

Edinburgh Evening News

Campaigners delighted as survey shows backing for onshore wind

Figures showing widespread public support for the use of onshore wind to produce energy have been welcomed by environmental campaigners.

Herald Scotland

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