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Scotland round-up: Scottish Greens call for levy on vacant and derelict land; Turbines approved despite Loch Doon impact fears

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 16 September-22 September, 2017

Scottish Greens call for levy on vacant and derelict land

Giving local councils the power to tax vacant and derelict land in Scotland could generate £200 million a year to build affordable homes and tackle the housing crisis, according to research by the Scottish Greens.
The Planner

Increase in construction projects in August – statistics

The value of contracts awarded in the construction industry in August reached £5.8 billion, based on a three-month rolling average – a 7 per cent increase month on month.

The Planner

Scottish and Welsh governments set out Brexit bill amendments

The Scottish and Welsh governments have published proposals for changing the legislation that will take the UK out of the EU.

BBC News

Turbines approved despite Loch Doon impact fears

The Scottish Government has approved E.On’s 18-turbine wind farm in southern Scotland despite fears over the impact of the 60MW scheme on the landscape around Loch Doon, near Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway.

BBC News

Future sea-level rise will increase potential flood risks in Firth of Clyde area

Rises in sea-levels over the next 50 years will present a challenge in terms of managing potential effects on certain low-lying coastal areas of the Clyde, a report published by Scottish Natural Heritage has warned.

Scottish Natural Heritage

City centre masterplan project aims to brighten Aberdeen’s future

Proposals to help Aberdeen 'shine as never before' are to be drawn up under the city centre masterplan with a lighting project to showcase statues, gateways, civic spaces and landmark buildings.

Aberdeen City Council

‘Technical issue’ delays opening of new A9 stretch

A short stretch of new dual carriageway on the A9 south of Aviemore has not been opened to traffic due to a ‘technical issue’.

BBC News

Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre application lodged

A planning application has been submitted to build a permanent home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Galashiels in the Scottish Borders.

BBC News

New Aberdeen FC stadium could be derailed even if approved

Aberdeen Football Club’s new £50 million stadium plan could be derailed even if it is approved by the city council because Aberdeenshire Council, which is opposed to the project, must agree key transport elements of the scheme.

BBC News

Affordable homes bid for Edinburgh hospital site fails

A bid to deliver affordable homes at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh has failed after NHS Lothian reached an agreement with property developer Downing Group for the sale of the site.

Scottish Housing News

Scotland’s first deep geothermal district heating network given backing

The Scottish Government has allocated £1.8 million of grant funding to support the creation of the country’s first low-carbon, renewable deep geothermal district heating network proposed for the HALO urban park development in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.


John Lewis plans for new homes on Leith depot site

Retailer John Lewis has lodged an application to build flats on the site of its Leith warehouse after plans to relocate the distribution centre were announced at the start of the year.

Edinburgh Evening News

Roof-top gardens top plans for new Fountainbridge flats

Developer Glencairn Properties has unveiled plans to transform a former industrial site into new canal side housing and commercial floor space at Fountainbridge in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Evening News

Five Scottish projects successful in active travel design competition

The transport minister Humza Yousaf has announced that five active travel projects encouraging cycling and walking in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Inverness will benefit from grants totalling over £22 million from Transport for Scotland.


Govanhill homes to be seized under slum landlord crackdown

Hundreds of homes face being seized and compulsorily purchased by Glasgow City Council as part of a £50 million crackdown on unscrupulous slum landlords.

Herald Scotland

Barrel Law wind farm project revived

A renewed bid is being made by ABO Wind UK to build a wind farm at Roberton in the Scottish Borders at a site previously rejected amid fears it would interfere with RAF radar systems and the seismic monitoring facility at Eskdalemuir.

BBC News

Glasgow to Edinburgh railway line to pioneer world's fastest Wi-Fi on trains

Scotland’s flagship rail service – between Glasgow and Edinburgh – is set to become the first in the UK to have the world’s fastest broadband installed to transform the daily commute.

Herald Scotland

New social security agency to create 1,500 jobs in Dundee and Glasgow

Scotland’s new social security agency will have its headquarters in Dundee, the first minister has confirmed, as well as signalling the new agency will have a site in Glasgow.

BBC News

Councillors grant permission for Inverness Justice Centre

Highland councillors have granted planning permission for revised proposals for a new Inverness Justice Centre that will allow the courts service to move out of Inverness Castle, which can then be turned into a tourist attraction.

BBC News

Paisley wins £10m in backing for UK City of Culture bid

The Scottish Government has committed £10 million to Paisley's bid to become the UK's next culture capital.

The Scotsman

Architects anger at ‘embarrassing’ pop-up house at Glasgow Central

The professional body representing Scottish architects has been accused of damaging the reputation of several well-known practices with an ‘embarrassing’ pop-up installation in Scotland’s busiest train station.

The Scotsman

Fife adopts local plan

Fife Council has formally adopted FIFEplan, the council’s latest local development plan, after agreeing two modifications requested by the government.

Fife Council

Business case for extending Edinburgh tram to Leith

Councillors have agreed the outline business case to spend £165 million on extending Edinburgh’s tram line network into Leith.

Edinburgh Evening News

Government overturns Dundee’s refusal of retail and nursery complex

Proposals to develop a retail and nursery complex, including a next-generation ‘pizza theatre’, at a former industrial site in Dundee have been approved by the administration on appeal.

Scottish Construction Now

Rail extension among key Scottish Borders Council goals

Scottish Borders Council has unveiled its latest five-year vision for the region which includes seeing the Borders Railway extended to Hawick and beyond as well as help to diversify town centres.

BBC News