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Scotland round-up: Scottish planning bill introduces chief planning officers; Edinburgh student scheme approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 15 June-21 June, 2019

Scottish planning bill introduces chief planning officers

The Scottish Parliament has passed the Scotland (Planning) Bill, which includes a provision for the introduction of statutory chief planning officers.

The Planner

Scotland’s draft planning legislation amendments accepted

The Scottish Government’s planning legislation is on course to complete its parliamentary scrutiny with minimal upsets as MSPs considered the much-amended Planning (Scotland) Bill.

The Planner

RTPI president calls for more resources to achieve climate targets

RTPI president Ian Tant has said planners lack the resources, policies and powers to make the ‘significant impact that is essential’ to meet the government’s target to eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050.

The Planner

RTPI says public sector planning is facing ‘serious’ recruitment challenges

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills believes public sector planning is facing ‘serious challenges’ in recruiting and retaining planning talent.

The Planner

Edinburgh student scheme approved

A 198-bed student accommodation development on the capital’s London Road has been given the thumbs up by the city council.

Scottish Construction Now

Household stats show more home alone

The number of households in Scotland has continued to increase to 2.48 million in 2018, according to figures published by National Records of Scotland, which showed that more than a third are single-person households, with an estimated 885,000 people living alone.

Scottish Government

Green light for fewer turbines off the Angus coast

The government has approved revised proposals for the offshore Inch Cape Wind Farm some 15 kilometres off the Angus coast that will see an array of 72 turbines developed rather than the 110 originally consented.

Red Rock Power Ltd

Sutherland spaceport questioned

A report written by two academics has raised serious question marks over the suitability of the Sutherland site vying to be the location for the UK's first major spaceport.

BBC News

Green light for Ratho surf park

Scotland’s proposal to transform the disused Craigpark Quarry near Ratho in Edinburgh into a ‘world-class’ artificial surf park has been given the green light by the city council.

The Scotsman

Vertical farm funding

A Perth and Kinross-based firm behind Scotland’s first ‘vertical farm’ has received £5.4 million funding to grow its business.

BBC News

Cannabis farm moves

LeafCann, an Australian company, has held talks with North Ayrshire Council about developing the country’s first legal cannabis farm.

Glasgow Herald

Boost for active travel

Transport secretary Michael Matheson has announced that up to £51 million is available for walking and cycling infrastructure in 2019/2020 to assist active travel initiatives.

Scottish Government

Tree planting boom

More than 22 million trees were planted in Scotland last year in what has been described as a ‘critical contribution to the global climate emergency’.

The Scotsman

Cumbernauld development approved

North Lanarkshire Council has approved planning permission in principle for a major leisure and retail development at Cumbernauld’s Westway Retail Park in the face of objections from the owners of the town centre shopping mall.

Cumbernauld News

Lothian homes green-lit

East Lothian Council has approved Taylor Wimpey East Scotland’s proposals for 102 new homes on land to the west of Greendykes Road in Macmerry.

Scottish Housing News

Thumbs up for Glasgow office block

Mosaic Architecture + Design has been granted outline approval for Carrick Square, a 26,950 square metre office development in Glasgow’s international financial services district on behalf of property developer Soller Group.

Scottish Construction Now

Reprieve for box office

A closure-threatened box office in a historic south of Scotland building, the Midsteeple in Dumfries, has been handed a reprieve.

BBC News

Borders Railway electrification mooted

Electrification of the Borders Railway to cut journey times is being considered by the Scottish Government, it has emerged.

The Scotsman