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Scotland round-up: Scottish Audit probes affordable housing provision; Midlothian Council approves Roslin housing

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 6 July-12 July, 2019

Scottish Audit probes affordable housing provision

The Accounts Commission and the Auditor General have announced an audit of the provision of affordable housing in Scotland.

The Planner

Public lacks trust in developers

The public lacks trust in developers and the planning system, according to a survey published by property firm Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.

The Planner

UK climate action ‘lagging behind’

The UK Government must demonstrate that it is serious about meeting its legal obligations to tackle and prepare for climate change, says the Committee on Climate Change.

The Planner

Midlothian Council approves Roslin housing

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland has secured detailed planning approval from Midlothian Council for 304 new homes on land off Main Street on the northern boundary of Roslin.

Scottish Housing News

Container statement for Edinburgh Park

Architects have submitted plans for a landmark installation for Edinburgh Park made from more than 30 shipping containers.

Scottish Construction Now

Salmon farming to end at Loch Ewe and Loch Duich?

Salmon farming giant Mowi has offered to close two contentious Scottish sea loch sites at Loch Ewe and Loch Duich in exchange for permission to relocate them to offshore waters.

BBC News

Fracking tongue-lash over Lanarkshire

The leader of North Lanarkshire Council has lashed out at the Scottish government after it authorised a fracking licence that affects local communities in parts of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Moodiesburn,

The Scotsman

Underneath Glasgow’s arches

Some of Glasgow’s derelict railway arches in the Laurieston/Gorbals area could soon be transformed for commercial use under plans drawn up by Network Rail.

Scottish Construction Now

Parkhead bus depot lined up for homes

Housebuilder AS Homes (Scotland) has revealed proposals to redevelop a former Glasgow bus depot in Parkhead with nearly 140 houses.

Scottish Housing News

In praise of the planning bill

Homes for Scotland’s planning policy chief Tammy Swift-Adams has blogged about the benefits of the new planning legislation.

The Scotsman

Land deal in the offing?

Two community groups are weighing up bids for a large swathe of land in southern Scotland now that Buccleuch has announced its intention to sell off about 10,120 hectares of its Borders Estate.

BBC News

Rock routes installed around Ullapool

New road signs have been installed throughout the North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark between Ullapool and Loch Eriboll to encourage people to slow down and discover the Rock Route.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Moray growth deal funding boost

The Scottish and UK governments have signed a deal to invest £65 million in a Moray region growth deal over the next 15 years. It will be used to fund infrastructure and transport projects as well as tourism, energy and skills initiatives.

Scottish Government

Rural housing initiative underperforms

A £25 million rural housing fund established to provide 500 new homes by 2021 has resulted in only 80 approvals and 23 completions to date, according to reports.

Scottish Housing News