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Scotland round-up: Scottish Government publishes unconventional oil and gas research; Marine plan wins Scottish award

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 5 November - 11 November, 2016

Scottish Government publishes unconventional oil and gas research 

The Scottish Government confirmed this week that formal consultation on unconventional oil and gas development will start early in the New Year.

The Planner

Technology puts power of strategic planning in focus, says Professor Michael Batty

Professor Michael Batty has said that the use of technology tools, and how they explain the potential impact on large infrastructure projects, will make calls for more strategic planning difficult to ignore.

The Planner

Marine plan wins Scottish award

A plan developed with communities across the north of Scotland to help manage the marine environment in and around Orkney has won a national award for its pioneering joint working.

The Orcadian

Minister vows to fight plans to close eight Scottish military bases

Economy Secretary Keith Brown has said the Scottish Government will campaign against the UK government’s plans to close eight military sites north of the border.

Herald Scotland

£110m boost for city’s affordable housing plans

A housing association is set to spend £110 million building 700 new homes in Edinburgh and the Lothians over the next five years – while also upgrading others.

Edinburgh Evening News

Latest Royal High plans ‘still unsuitable’ says heritage body

A heritage body has called on developers to drop the latest hotel plans for the old Royal High School in favour of the rival scheme for a new home for the St Mary’s Music School.

Edinburgh Evening News

First look at plans for £78m swing bridge between Clydebank and Renfrew

Proposals for a 184 metre bridge from Clydebank to Renfrew – a key element in the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project -  are shaping up.

Clydebank Post

Consultation on Western and Northern Isles onshore wind farms

The UK government has announced a consultation on whether to give subsidies to onshore wind development in the Western and Northern Isles.

BBC News

Scottish Borders Council opposes Fallago Rig expansion

Councillors in the Borders have gone against the advice of officials and opposed proposals to expand the existing Fallago Rig wind farm near Lauder.

BBC News

Loan to kick-start Aberdeen housing project

A developer is being given a Scottish government loan of nearly £8m to kick-start a major new housing project in Aberdeen.

BBC News

Glasgow architect appointed to transform Victoria Infirmary

A Glasgow design team has been appointed to create a housing plan for the former Victoria Infirmary in the city.

Herald Scotland

Dundee church removes cross after failing to apply for permission

A church has been forced to remove a huge 12 foot wooden cross – because it forgot to apply for planning consent.

The Scotsman

Developers submit plans for almost 650 homes in Newton Mearns

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland and CALA Homes (West) have submitted a detailed planning application to East Renfrewshire Council for 645 new homes at Maidenhill in Newton Mearns.

Scottish Housing News

Renfrewshire Council unveils plans for 1,000 homes by 2020

Renfrewshire Council has unveiled the final version of a housing investment masterplan which could see the area deliver more than double its target of building 1,000 new affordable homes by 2020.

Scottish Housing News

Scottish government increases Reston and East Linton station support

The Scottish government has offered an "unprecedented" level of support towards reopening stations in the Borders and East Lothian.

BBC News

New Meadowbank Stadium design plans unveiled

The design of a new sports complex to replace the existing Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh has been unveiled.

BBC News

Scotland’s use of electric car charging points doubles

The use of electric car charging points across Scotland has more than doubled in the last year.

The Scotsman

Scottish Borders Council approve cycle tourism strategy

Scottish Borders Council has approved an ambitious five-year strategy for developing and expanding cycle tourism in the area.

The Scotsman