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Scotland round-up: Scottish Government approves 1,400 homes near Edinburgh Airport; Redevelopment of former Glasgow hospital site approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 5 May-11 May, 2018

Appeal: Scottish Government approves 1,400 homes near Edinburgh Airport

Scottish Government reporters have signalled their intention to allow an appeal over a 1,400-home development near Edinburgh Airport, rejected a year ago by city councillors on the advice of officers.

The Planner

UK parks deliver £34bn of health benefits, suggests report

Parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom provide people with over £34 billion of health and well-being benefits, according to charity Fields in Trust.

The Planner

Redevelopment of former Glasgow hospital site approved

Sanctuary Homes has been given the go-ahead to redevelop the former Victoria Infirmary site in the Langside area of Glasgow, with a scheme that will retain the iconic Nightingale wings and provide 413 flats, office and retail floorspace.

Scottish Housing News

Battle lines drawn over A9 route

A public inquiry is in prospect over Transport Scotland’s controversial plans to widen and re-route the A9 through the site of the Battle of Killiecrankie.

The Scotsman

North Ayshire Council rethinks tower block demolitions

North Ayrshire Council has revised its plans to demolish all its high-rise tower blocks after consultation with residents and has decided that two blocks in Saltcoats will be retained and upgraded.

Scottish Housing News

Developers claim Glasgow dock scheme will bring £150m boost

City Vision, the developers behind a controversial plan to build 720 new flats, office space and a hotel at Glasgow’s Grade-A listed Govan Dry Docks, has claimed the scheme could be worth £150 million to Glasgow’s economy.

The Scotsman

Report claims land reform will aid affordable housing

Placing the economic, social and cultural rights of individuals at the heart of land reform could help to deliver more affordable housing, a discussion paper for the Scottish Land Commission has claimed.

The Scotsman

Office and flats complex in Ayr blocked

Proposals for a four-storey office and flats complex in Ayr's historic town centre, recommended for approval by officers, have been rejected by councillors after an outcry over the design.

Glasgow Herald

Fracking ‘ban’ row over semantics

The Scottish Government has been accused of misleading voters over a ban on fracking in Scotland after a lawyer told a court that this was a “gloss” and ministers have “not yet adopted a position”.

The Scotsman

Aberdeen and Dundee win development awards

Aberdeen’s Marischal Square has been named Development of the Year 2018 at the Scottish Property Awards while Dundee’s Waterfront scheme was honoured as City Regeneration Project of the Year.

Aberdeen City Council and Dundee City Council

Edinburgh residents are happy bunnies

Residents continue to enjoy life in the capital, according to the latest Edinburgh People Survey, which found that 95 per cent of respondents were satisfied with Edinburgh as a place to live.

Edinburgh City Council

North Lanarkshire ups its affordable homes target

North Lanarkshire Council has unveiled proposals to more than double its affordable home plans by pledging to deliver 5,000 homes by 2035.

North Lanarkshire Council

Budget boost for walking and cycling projects

A fund which backs the introduction of new walking and cycling infrastructure will be more than doubled, transport minister Humza Yousaf has announced.

Scottish Government

Nostalgia for Glasgow’s lost high-rise?

Scotland’s biggest city may one day mourn the loss of high-rise tower blocks in the same way it currently bemoans the demise of Victorian buildings swept away by regeneration, a conference was told last weekend.

The Scotsman

Glasgow tipped for Channel 4 regional HQ

Research by a planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has revealed Glasgow as a frontrunner in the race to become the new regional home for Channel 4.

Scottish Business News Network

Lowther Hills wind farm bid scaled back

Proposals for a major wind farm at Sanquhar in Dumfries & Galloway’s Lowther Hills have been scaled back from 35 turbines to 30.

BBC News

Compulsory purchase order guidance published

The government’s planning and architecture division has published five new guidance notes about the compulsory purchase regime.

Scottish Government

Ban urged on new hotels in heart of the capital

The Cockburn Association, Edinburgh’s longest-running heritage watchdog, wants a blanket ban on new hotels opening up in the heart of the capital to help tackle concerns it is being overrun by tourists.

The Scotsman

Listed building concerns scupper Edinburgh conversion scheme

Councillors have refused proposals to turn an Edinburgh repairs garage into studio flats for students after developers were accused of 'carving up' a listed building.

Edinburgh Evening News