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Scotland round-up: Scottish Government continues to blow warm on wind power; National park crowned overall winner at Scottish Government planning awards

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 7 November-13 November, 2015

Scottish Government continues to blow warm on wind power

Scottish chief planner John McNairney has written to all heads of planning this week to stress that the administration has not changed its stance on onshore wind farms or energy targets - unlike the UK Government.

The Planner 

National park crowned overall winner at Scottish Government planning awards

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority was announced as the overall winner at the 2015 Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning in Edinburgh.

The Planner 

The Planner to host neighbourhood planning webinar on 17th November

Are communities now able to influence local development as the Localism Act envisioned - or are barriers to successful neighbourhood planning proving insurmountable?

The Planner

South of Scotland European boundary switch benefits claimed

Proposals for a new administrative region for southern Scotland could bring millions of pounds of extra European funding, it has been claimed. The Scottish Government (pdf) has proposed creating a new administrative region called Southern Scotland which could affect how hundreds of millions of pounds of EU money is distributed.

BBC News

Flood protection scheme for Whitesands in Dumfries approved

Councilors have backed a scheme designed to tackle long-standing flooding problems in the Whitesands area of Dumfries.

BBC News 

Developers buy former BASF pigment plant in Paisley

A former pigment manufacturing plant in Paisley, Renfrewshire, has been bought by property developers in a multi-million pound deal.

BBC News 

3D model proposed for Flow Country's blanket bog

The creation of a 3D virtual model of the Flow Country has been proposed to help people with a better understanding of Europe’s biggest blanket bog.

BBC News 

SEPA launches new interactive flood reporting tool

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has launched a new interactive flood reporting tool in order to help communities across Scotland be flood-prepared.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency 

Greenspace funding announced

Environment minister Aileen McLeod has announced that projects in Central Scotland that support trees, woodlands, and green infrastructure and encourage community growing or promote active travel can now apply for a share of up to £700,000 under the latest phase of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund.

Scottish Government

1,000th hydrogen refuel in Aberdeen

The UK's first hydrogen production and bus refuelling station in Aberdeen has reached a major milestone – its 1,000th refuel.

Aberdeen City Council