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Scotland round-up: Scottish Government proposes fourfold hike in planning charges; Aberdeen reveals designs for city centre revamp

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning in Scotland: 3 December-9 December, 2016

Scottish Government proposes fourfold hike in planning charges

The Scottish Government has proposed that fees for major planning applications should be increased nearly fourfold.

The Planner

Aberdeen reveals designs for city centre revamp

Plans have been unveiled for revitalising Union Terrace Gardens, a key project in the masterplan for Aberdeen’s city centre.

The Planner

Funding announced for estate regeneration

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced a new strategy and more funding to regenerate rundown housing estates.

The Planner

RTPI welcomes publication of global ethics principles 

The International Ethics Standards coalition has published the first set of ethics principles for professionals working in land, property, construction, infrastructure and related professions around the world.


Campaigners fight plans to cover Stirlingshire Jacobian rebellion site 

Heritage campaigners are gearing up to fight a new Battle of Sheriffmuir after plans were unveiled to plant a forest on the last open site at the Stirlingshire battlefield near Dunblane.

Herald Scotland

Borders Railway fails to meet expected first-year growth

The initial surge in passengers on the Borders Railway was reversed in the second half of its first year, official figures have shown.

The Scotsman

Highland wind farm gained ‘local’ support – from Yorkshire 

A local petition in favour of a controversial new wind farm in Sutherland included scores of signatures from people living hundreds of miles away, it has emerged.

The Scotsman

Bold new vision for Perth city centre eyesore

A £2 million plan to turn a city centre eyesore into a public performance space has been unveiled by Perth City Council.

The Courier

Peterhead’s fishing port to receive £5m investment funding

Peterhead, Europe’s biggest fishing port, is to receive £5 million investment funding to expand floor space and improve existing facilities.

The Scotsman

First Prestwick space flights predicted for 2019 

Space flights could start from Prestwick Airport in three years’ time, its spaceport development director predicted this week as he signed a collaborative deal with NASA in Houston, Texas.

The Scotsman 

New plans for housing at Goshen

Developers behind a failed attempt to build 1,200 homes at Goshen Farm, Musselburgh, have revealed proposals for a smaller scheme at the site.

East Lothian Courier

Calls for government to approve film studios

Scotland's filmmakers have called on the Scottish Government to give the green light to a major film studio plan outside Edinburgh as soon as possible.

Herald Scotland

Lochgelly in Fife wins most improved town

The Fife town of Lochgelly has been named Scotland's Most Improved Town 2016, beating stiff competition from Linwood, Gourock and Auchterarder to scoop the title at the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum awards ceremony this week.

BBC News

World heritage sites to be transformed under new Scottish tourism campaign 

Scotland’s world heritage sites will be brought to life by spectacular sound and light projections, pop-up festivals and street musicians, dramatic Viking re-enactments, a ‘Great Roman Bake-Off’ and a St Kilda version of Minecraft as part of the first year-long celebration of Scotland’s history and heritage.

The Scotsman

Call to phase out all fossil fuel transport (subscription)

A date should be set by the Scottish Government for phasing out cars running on petrol and diesel, says an environmental group.

The Times

80 affordable homes for Dumfries

The Scottish Government has invested £6.8 million in charitable bonds and as a result, 80 affordable homes will be built in Dumfries.

Scottish Government

16 sites made available for social housing in Glasgow

Glasgow City Council has approved the disposal of 16 sites across the city to provide social housing.

Glasgow City Council