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Scotland round-up: Scottish planners fear ‘inevitable’ fall in application fees; RTPI Scotland outlines route map for NPF4

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 9 May-15 May, 2020

Scottish planners fear ‘inevitable’ fall in application fees

Scotland’s top local authority planners have warned that the Covid-19 emergency is threatening planning services because fewer applications will inevitably mean less of the fee income on which planning authorities rely.

The Planner  

Scottish NPF4 should be a route map for a different Scotland post Covid-19 pandemic, says RTPI Scotland

RTPI Scotland has formally responded to the Scottish Government’s call for ideas on its new National Planning Framework (NPF4), setting out it 10 ‘Big Ideas’ to help guide its format, shape and content.

The Planner

Trio of South Lanarkshire turbine projects

Energy giant ScottishPower has signed two separate agreements to develop onshore wind farms near Douglas in South Lanarkshire with a combined capacity of 165 megawatts. In a separate but related move it has announced that it will repower its nearby existing Hagshaw Hill wind farm, which was the country’s first commercial turbine array. The combined capacity from this trio of central Scotland projects will be about 220 MW. 

Scottish Power

Edinburgh hotel project for ex-HMRC offices

Cannon Capital Developments has unveiled proposals for a 166-bedroom hotel in Edinburgh's West End at a site currently occupied by an empty 1950s office block in Drumsheugh Gardens once used by HMRC.

Glasgow Herald

Crowdfunding campaign launched for huge Langholm Moor community buyout

Moves to create a vast new nature reserve in Dumfries and Galloway as a result of southern Scotland’s largest community land buyout have been kick-started by a £3 million crowdfunding campaign to help purchase 4,300 hectares of Langholm Moor from Buccleuch Estates. 

Scottish Housing News

Irvine hotel primed for homes conversion

North Ayrshire Council has confirmed that it has bought the category C-listed former King’s Arms Hotel in the Irvine town centre conservation area. It plans to convert the 19th century property into housing. 

North Ayrshire Council

Online consultation for Aberdeenshire LDP

Aberdeenshire Council is focusing on online public engagement as part of the eight-week consultation on its proposed replacement local development plan.

Aberdeenshire Council

Dennistoun development dumped

Glasgow City Council has rejected proposals for 46 flats on a vacant site in Dennistoun because of design issues and concern that the scheme represents overdevelopment.

Scottish Housing News

Edinburgh architect urges city centre ban for all non-essential traffic

All non-essential traffic should be permanently banned from Edinburgh city centre and public transport operated free of charge, according to Malcolm Fraser, one of the capital’s leading architects.

Scottish Construction Now

LEZs paused

Plans to implement low-emission zones across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee have been paused temporarily in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Transport Scotland

Audit of protected nature sites

Latest official statistics published by Scottish Natural Heritage show that more than three-quarters of 5,000 features on protected nature sites were assessed as in a favourable or recovering condition last year. Natural features include habitats, species and geological features such as fossil beds and caves. However, marine mammals, woodland and birds were the natural features with the lowest proportion in favourable condition.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Whale sculpture picked for Dundee waterfront 

A monumental sculpture in the form of a humpback whale proposed by Lee Simmons, a young London-based artist, has been chosen to be the centrepiece in a key space at Dundee Waterfront.

Dundee City Council

Stirling student housing project

KR Developments has unveiled proposals for a new 106-studio bedroom student accommodation scheme opposite Stirling railway station.

Scottish Construction Now