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Scotland round-up: Scottish minister unveils measure to boost supply of rented homes; New head of planning appointed by Homes for Scotland

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 20 February-26 February, 2016

Scottish minister unveils measure to boost supply of rented homes

Plans for a new Scotland-wide housing initiative that could help deliver thousands of purpose-built homes for private rent have been unveiled.

The Planner

Fracking traffic would increase local air pollution, says study

The traffic generated by fracking in the UK would increase air pollution at peak travel times, according to research conducted by Newcastle University.

The Planner

New head of planning appointed by Homes for Scotland

Industry body Homes for Scotland has announced the appointment of Tammy Adams as head of planning.

Scottish Housing News

Moray Council to trial use of drones to survey planning sites

Moray Council is planning to trial the use of drones to survey potential development sites.

The Scotsman

UNESCO acts over ‘threat’ to Edinburgh’s World Heritage status

The row over Edinburgh’s world heritage site status has taken a turn for the worse, according to a newspaper report.

The Scotsman

Row erupts as ancient trees felled at historic Glasgow site

A row has broken out after campaigners accused developers of “vandalising” woodlands in a conservation area at one of Glasgow’s most prestigious addresses. The dispute centres on site investigations on vacant ground at the A-listed Park Quadrant in the city’s west end, in advance of a formal application for planning permission.

The Scotsman

Devil’s Elbow tourist attraction plans approved

Proposals to create a visitor attraction out of a once-notorious stretch of winding Scottish road nicknamed the Devil’s Elbow have been formally approved.

The Scotsman

Waterfront's major milestone

Pedestrians and drivers will have their first taste of the future from today (26 February) as the road and pavement network at Dundee Waterfront opens.

Dundee City Council

Statistics change for South of Scotland

Scotland’s Chief Statistician has proposed creating a new European statistical region for the South of Scotland. The move would see Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, South Lanarkshire and East, South and North Ayrshire together forming the South of Scotland region – meaning Scotland would have five Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (NUTS) Areas, rather than four.

Scottish Government