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Scotland round-up: Scottish Budget housing boost; Quicker decision times for housing developments

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 12 December-18 December, 2015


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Budget offers housing boost – but a squeeze on council spending

This week’s draft Budget announcements for the financial year 2016-17 have sparked anger from local councils that now face a cut of £320 million in day-to-day local government spending, which is certain to affect planning services.

The Planner 

Quicker decision times for housing developments

Latest official quarterly statistics show shorter average decision times for major and local housing developments.

Scottish Government

Community land ownership

An action plan has been published for achieving Alex Salmond’s ambitious target of one million acres of land in community ownership by 2020.

Scottish Government 

Government accused over land reform

The Scottish Government has been accused of a lack of transparency over its plans for land reform as MSPs voted by 100 to 15 to back the general principles of the administration’s proposed new legislation.

Herald Scotland 

Case for Pentland Hills regional park extension not convincing, says committee

A Holyrood committee has recommended that a bill to extend the boundaries of the Pentland Hills regional park should be rejected.

Scottish Parliament

Green light for flats at former home of Donaldson’s School for the Deaf in Edinburgh

House builder Cala has been granted planning permission for the redevelopment of Edinburgh’s historic Donaldson’s School with a mix of nearly 200 flats and houses.

BBC News

Aberdeen quarry’s multi-million pound scheme backed by planning bosses

A multi-million pound scheme to transform a historic Aberdeen quarry has been backed by planning officials.

Press and Journal

Aberdeen City Council approves Regional Economic Strategy

Councillors in Aberdeen have agreed a new vision for the future of the economy of the north-east of Scotland over the next 20 years.

Aberdeen City Council 

Stirling Council approves £200m city plans

Councillors in Stirling have voted through a strategy to make the city an “economic and cultural powerhouse”. The local authority has identified three initial projects, including a ‘digital district’ and a new ‘civic quarter’, with new council buildings.

BBC News 

New railway station at Inverness Airport could open in 2017

A railway station at Inverness Airport could be on track to open in 2017 – years ahead of schedule. The project is part of the £170 million masterplan to upgrade links between the Highland capital and Aberdeen.

Press and Journal

Royal High School hotel plans rejected by Edinburgh councillors

Plans to turn the old Royal High School building in Edinburgh into a luxury hotel have been rejected by the city council.

BBC News