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Scotland round-up: Scottish Budget backs affordable homes, city deals and digital infrastructure; Ambitious local development plan offers foundation for investment

Words: Roger Milne

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

Scottish Budget backs affordable homes, city deals and digital infrastructure 

Finance secretary Derek Mackay this week used the country’s Budget statement to announce investment in new and existing infrastructure projects to support sustainable economic growth.

The Planner

Councils should consider 5G in planning policy, says Adonis

The National Infrastructure Commission has recommended that local authorities consider how the deployment of digital infrastructure can be established in planning policy.

The Planner

Ambitious local development plan offers foundation for investment

The latest Aberdeen Local Development Plan (as modified) was approved by the city council this week.

Aberdeen City Council

Plans to be drawn up for housing development in Moray

Architects have been appointed to draw up a master plan for a major multi-million-pound housing project in Elgin, including approximately 300 homes.

Press and Journal

Advice for contaminated land issued

Revised advice on the implications of the contaminated land regime for the planning system has been issued by the government in a new Planning Advice Note.

Scottish Government

New build housing completions up by 4% on last year

Latest official statistics show there were 15,991 new build homes completed in the 12 months to June 2016, an increase of 591 homes, or 4 per cent, on the 15,400 homes completed in the previous year.

Scottish Government

£113m Cross Tay Link Road route approved

The preferred route for a £113 million new Tay crossing and link road around Perth has been approved by councillors.

BBC News

Plans for student village in capital rejected

Developers have been refused permission to build a “student village” on the banks of the Water of Leith.

Edinburgh Evening News

Study backs wind power to reduce greenhouse emissions 

A new Edinburgh University study has backed wind power as key to reducing greenhouse emissions.

The Scotsman

Shandon wind turbine plans split public opinion

Plans for two wind turbines on a site between Shandon and Garelochhead have split local opinion – with the two community councils in the area divided over whether to support the development.

Helensburgh Advertiser

Gold miner seeks to extend Cononish processing trial 

The company behind Scotland’s first commercial gold mine is seeking to extend the lifespan of its processing trial at the Cononish project in the Trossachs National Park.

The Scotsman

Trumps tears up environmental legal agreement

US president-elect Donald Trump has snubbed Scotland by tearing up a legal agreement on environmental protection made with the Holyrood government, according to the Sunday Herald.

Sunday Herald

Galashiels railway celebration mural wins right to remain

A mural to celebrate the return of trains to Galashiels has been granted retrospective planning permission to remain in place.

BBC News

Investment plans drawn up for Ardrossan Harbour

Multi-million-pound investment plans have been drawn up for Ardrossan Harbour in an effort to retain a lifeline ferry service to Arran.

BBC News

New Edinburgh Gateway interchange opens in capital

A new £41 million railway station has opened in the outskirts of Edinburgh. It will link the capital's northern train line to the tram network and Edinburgh Airport and offer local travellers services to Perth, Dundee and Inverness.

BBC News

West Freugh kite power scheme secures £5m support

Plans for one of the world's first kite power stations, earmarked for West Freugh near Stranraer in south west Scotland have secured £5 million of new investment.

BBC News

City deal cabinet approves £15m funding

The Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet has approved £15.6 million of funding towards the preparation of the full business case for the £115.5m city centre infrastructure project.

Glasgow City Deal

Scottish cities worst in UK for fuel poverty

Scottish cities have been ranked the five worst areas of the UK for fuel poverty, a map to chart the problem has revealed.

The Scotsman

Restoration windfall for WW2 heritage sites

Two World War Two heritage sites are to be restored with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

BBC News

'Rubik's Cube' house in Edinburgh win's UK House of the Year award

An architectural "Rubik's cube" in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town has won the title of House of the Year.

Herald Scotland