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Scotland round-up: Scottish planning bill is ‘unworkable’; Leith waterfront development makes waves

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 2 March-8 March, 2019

Scottish planning bill is ‘unworkable’

The Planning (Scotland) Bill is unrecognisable from its original purpose and is an ‘unworkable tangle’, according to the chairman of the Scottish Property Federation.

The Planner

Leith waterfront development makes waves

Detailed proposals for a mixed-use neighbourhood of nearly 940 new homes for the waterfront at Leith have been submitted to Edinburgh City Council.

The Planner

Government signs off offshore wind sector deal

A government-industry sector deal for offshore wind has been signed off by energy secretary Greg Clark. It could see the number of related jobs triple to 27,000 by 2030.

The Planner

Aberdeen housing update

Proposals to create new council housing on sites at Summerhill, Kincorth, Torry, Dyce and Greenferns have received a boost as Aberdeen City Council approved a housing budget designed to deliver 2,000 council houses as part of ambitious plans to increase the supply of social housing in the city.

Aberdeen City Council

Clydeside chemical clean-up concern

Local SNP and Labour MPs have joined forces to call for additional public cash for decontamination work and clean-up at a former chemical factory in Rutherglen, which has been leaching chromium into waterways and threatening to pollute the River Clyde.

Glasgow Evening Times

Funding boost for town centre initiatives

A £50 million fund to help boost town centres has been launched by the government in partnership with COSLA, the organisation representing local authorities. It is designed to help councils to ensure that their high streets are more diverse and sustainable and could include the repurposing of empty buildings for housing or social and community enterprises.

Scottish Government

Visitor attractions

Six Scottish attractions reported visitor numbers of more than one million last year, according to the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions, which compiled the figures.

BBC News

Backing from MSPs for South of Scotland Enterprise Agency

The creation of a new South of Scotland enterprise agency has been given the full support of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee.

Scottish Parliament

Local regeneration schemes rewarded

Communities across Scotland are to benefit from a share of £20.4 million to support local regeneration activity, with 18 projects awarded funding.

Scottish Government

Office parking tax turbulence

Edinburgh’s Labour group leader Cammy Day has defended new powers for councils to tax office parking spaces after it was revealed that the party’s Scottish conference will be asked to come out against the policy.

The Scotsman

Green light for Glasgow hotel

Construction company McAleer & Rushe has obtained planning permission to develop a 12-storey hotel in Glasgow city centre’s Renfrew Street. It is set to be Scotland’s first Maldron Hotel.

Scottish Construction Now

South Lanarkshire LDP move

South Lanarkshire Council’s proposed replacement local development plan has been submitted for examination by government planning reporters.

South Lanarkshire Council

Infrastructure Commission evidence call (pdf)

The newly established Infrastructure Commission for Scotland has made a call for evidence on priorities for a long-term strategy for the country in respect of a low-carbon economy and sectors like transport, energy, water and telecoms as well as housing, culture and tourism, waste management, flood prevention and public services.

Infrastructure Commission for Scotland

Marischal Square scoops award

Aberdeen’s Marischal Square has been recognised as one of the best developments in Scotland after judges named it Regeneration Project of the Year at the sixth annual Scottish Property Awards.

Aberdeen City Council