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Scotland round-up: Scottish fracking ban faces legal challenge from INEOS; Key coastline erosion research project

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 6 January and 12 January, 2018

Scottish fracking ban faces legal challenge from INEOS

Chemical firm INEOS has announced that it will seek a judicial review of the Scottish government’s ‘effective ban’ on fracking as part of the administration’s opposition to onshore unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland.

The Planner

Nurses priced out of NHS homes

The New Economics Foundation says homes to be built on NHS land will have an average expected sale price that is 10 times the annual salary of a nurse.

The Planner

Government publishes environment plan

Prime Minister Theresa May has published the government’s 25-year environment plan, which includes measures to work with partners in the devolved administrations in producing marine plans for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Planner

Key coastline erosion research project

The damage that climate change could cause to nearly one-fifth of Scotland’s coastline and the steps that could be taken to mitigate it will be forecast in the next phase of a key research project led by the Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Scottish Government

Planning bill critique

A community planning network is calling for changes to the Planning (Scotland) Bill amid concern that it will mean local areas are shaped by developers rather than communities.

The Scotsman

Dundee design accolade

Dundee has been named one of the seven most ‘design-savvy’ cities in the world months ahead of the opening of its long-awaited V&A waterfront museum.

The Scotsman

Flooding issues threaten Elgin homes

ANM Group’s proposals to build more than 100 homes and a restaurant at a site on Elgin’s Linkwood Road are being dogged by flooding issues.

Scottish Housing News

Loan backs Edinburgh redevelopment

AMA Homes is set to deliver a residential and commercial development in Edinburgh after securing a £3 million property investment loan that will allow the developer to convert an office block into 50 flats plus new commercial floorspace.

Scottish Construction Now

Edinburgh advertising initiative wrangle

A tourist zone advertising blitz bringing a swathe of 2.4-metre-tall billboard drums to the capital has been challenged by residents and conservationists as well as city planners.

Glasgow Herald

Go-ahead for holiday complex at Castle Douglas?

Revised plans for a major holiday complex on farmland near Castle Douglas in Galloway are being recommended for approval by officials at Dumfries & Galloway Council.

BBC News

New life for Edinburgh boardwalk scheme

Campaigners are hoping to breathe fresh life into proposals for a 10-mile long boardwalk along the capital’s neglected waterfront from Cramond to Joppa, originally mooted by leading architect Sir Terry Farrell back in 2004.

Edinburgh Evening News

Moray development consultation

Moray Council is holding a series of public consultations on future land use in its area following publication of its Main Issues Report, which identified potential housing and business developments to the south-west of Buckie and east of Forres, as well as to the south of Elgin, at Waterford in Forres and to the west of Mosstodloch with more modest expansion under consideration at Keith, Fochabers and Aberlour.

Moray Council

New homes for former Dumbarton distillery site

Dunbritton Housing Association has announced the start of work on a new development that will deliver 150 affordable homes in Dumbarton town centre on the site once occupied by Ballantine’s Whisky Distillery.

Scottish Housing News

Listed building rates move

The Scottish devolved administration has made a concession on the application of business rates to listed buildings as part of plans aimed at bringing empty property back into economic use, following a review of Scottish business rates published earlier this year.

Pinsent Masons

University of Glasgow proposes research hub at Gilmorehill campus

The University of Glasgow has applied for planning in principle for a £40 million research hub at its 31-hectare Gilmorehill campus.

Scottish Construction Now