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Scotland round-up: Scottish ministers publish onshore wind farm statement; Plans for new Stirling village submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 30 December 2017-5 January, 2018

Scottish ministers publish onshore wind farm statement and energy strategy

Scottish Government ministers have issued an updated onshore wind policy statement alongside publication of the country’s first energy strategy.

The Planner

Major new rented neighbourhood initiative mooted for Glasgow

Proposals to transform Glasgow’s High Street area by investing £200 million in a new three-hectare residential neighbourhood of more than 700 homes for rent have been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

The Planner

Plans for new Stirling village submitted

Developer Springfield Properties has submitted plans for a 3,002-home village on a 240-hectare site on land between Plean and the Bannockburn.

The Planner

London chief planner receives New Year’s Honour

Planning, transport and housing professionals have been recognised for their achievements in the latest Queen’s New Year's Honours list.

The Planner

Go-ahead for film and TV studio complex

Planning permission for Scotland's first purpose-built film and TV studio, earmarked for a site in Midlothian, has been approved by Scottish ministers at a green belt location at Straiton outside the capital.

BBC News

Rail track takeover urged

An independent think tank has urged Scottish ministers to take control of the railway network north of the border after it emerged that more than half of all train delays are caused by problems such as faulty tracks or signalling.

Glasgow Herald

Aberdeen western bypass nearly there

Economy secretary Keith Brown has insisted that 2018 will be a ‘defining year’ for the north-east with the £745 million Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route due to be finally completed by the spring.

Scottish Government

Go-ahead for Hawick flood protection plan

Scottish Borders Council has given final approval to plans for a £44 million flood scheme to protect more than 900 properties in Hawick by 2022.

BBC News

Edinburgh marina moves

Plans have been unveiled for a £500 million waterside quarter development close to Edinburgh city centre focused on the capital’s marina.

Scottish Construction Now

Risky reservoirs

More than 550 reservoirs around Scotland have been officially rated as ‘high risk’ by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency because of the homes, businesses, roads, railways and airports that could be flooded if they burst.

Glasgow Herald

Planning bill probe

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee has announced an inquiry into the Planning (Scotland) Bill.

Scottish Parliament

Fife council backs public art strategy

Fife Council has given the green light to public art plans that will pave the way for new housing developments in Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes, it has emerged.

Scottish Construction Now

Shipbuilding museum mooted for Glasgow graving dock

Proposals for a museum celebrating Glasgow’s rich heritage of shipbuilding should be incorporated into plans for the development of the Graving Docks in Govan, according to one of Scotland’s most celebrated businessmen.

Glasgow Herald

Glasgow student flats scheme blocked

A controversial plan to build student flats next to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s world-renowned Glasgow School of Art building has been rejected by Scottish ministers.

Glasgow Herald

Dumfries mill reuse consultation

Potential future uses for a prominent Victorian former mill building overlooking the River Nith in Dumfries are now under public consideration.

BBC News

Developers cry foul over school funding

Housing developers have claimed that lack of capital funding for new schools is bringing residential projects to a standstill as cash-strapped councils increasingly ask developers to bankroll the full cost.

Glasgow Herald

Caithness broch site picked

A site in Caithness at John O'Groats has been chosen for a planned reconstruction of an Iron Age broch, a stone-built roundhouse.

BBC News

D-day for Aberdeen FC project

A special meeting will be held on 17 January to help decide whether Aberdeen Football Club’s controversial plans for a new stadium and training facilities at Kingsford will go ahead. The city council is due to determine the fate of the scheme by the end of the month.

BBC News

Culloden homes debate

Protesters opposed to 16 homes being built next to the historic Culloden Battlefield have welcomed news that the revised plans will now be debated in public before determination by officers.

Press and Journal

Heritage campaigner Stamp dies

Architectural historian Gavin Stamp, a former lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art and a champion of the city’s Victorian and early 20th century built heritage, has died aged 69.

Daily Telegraph

More money for digital

The capital allocation for the government’s Planning & Architecture Division has been increased from £100,000 to £500,000 partly to explore an expanded digital planning service.

Scottish Government