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Scotland round-up: Scottish planning bill online consultation deadline today; Pioneering gold and silver mine approved for Scottish national park

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 24 February-2 March, 2018

Scottish planning bill online consultation deadline today

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee’s online consultation on the Planning (Scotland) Bill closes today, Friday 2 March.

The Planner

Pioneering gold and silver mine approved for Scottish national park

Proposals to develop the country’s first-ever full-scale commercial gold and silver mine, earmarked for a site in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, have been given the green light.

The Planner

Grade A Glasgow office scheme

A site on Glasgow’s Argyle Street, once earmarked for Scotland’s first six-star hotel, is now set to be redeveloped as an office block providing 26,000 square metres of grade A floorspace under proposals just unveiled.

Glasgow Herald

Revamp for Edinburgh’s listed North Bridge

Edinburgh’s historic grade A-listed North Bridge, built in 1896 as a vital city centre link between the Old and New Towns, is set to be refurbished under a £22 million project.

Edinburgh City Council

National Investment Bank makes waves

A Scottish National Investment Bank is one step closer, following the publication of recommendations for its implementation plan.

Scottish Government

Galloway wind farm appeal dismissed

A Scottish Government reporter has rejected an appeal by green power developer RES over a 14-turbine wind farm near Glenluce, Galloway, after concluding it was not the 'right development in the right place'.

BBC News

Stay of execution urged for Forestry Commission

A last-ditch attempt has been made to convince MSPs not to abolish the Forestry Commission in Scotland on the eve of its centenary.

BBC News

Cultural quarter move proposed

Creating protected cultural quarters in Scotland’s cities would help preserve its struggling live music scene, campaigners have proposed.

Glasgow Herald

Air quality strategy doubts aired by MSPs

MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee have questioned whether the government is prepared to commit to the resources needed to implement its ambitious air quality targets, which will involve measures including the creation of low-emission zones.

Scottish Parliament

Fish farm visuals advice published

New guidance has been published by Scottish Natural Heritage to help the aquaculture industry provide high-quality visuals which will give local communities and planning authorities a better understanding of the visual impacts of proposed fish farms.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Port of Leith housing performance

The Port of Leith Housing Association is on course to create 500 homes in Leith and North Edinburgh by 2020, and a total of 846 homes over the next five years, thanks to an investment of £110 million.

Scottish Housing News

Around 50 new farms mooted

About 50 new farms are to be created across Scotland with the release of land held by public bodies.

BBC News

Film-making boost for capital

The filming of blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War over a seven-week period last year has helped more than double the value of film and television productions to the Scottish capital over the past 12 months.

Edinburgh Evening News

Funding for Skye tourism infrastructure

Plans to improve the infrastructure at two key tourist destinations on Skye have been given a £300,000 funding boost.

BBC News

Calls for tourist tax redoubled

Labour has urged the devolved administration to take steps to introduce a tourist tax in Scotland after COSLA unanimously backed calls for such a measure.

Scottish Housing News

Sparks fly over Balmoral hydro plan

Plans to build a hydroelectric scheme on the Queen's Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire have sparked objections over its impact on local wildlife.

BBC News

Border Railway booming

A study of the Borders Railway's second year has shown its ‘sustained, positive and measurable impact’, according to transport minister Humza Yousaf.

BBC News

Updated climate change strategy unveiled

Scotland’s latest updated climate change strategy has been published setting out how the country will achieve a 66 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2032. But environmentalists have complained that targets for improving the energy efficiency of homes have been watered down.

Scottish Government

Bus passenger numbers fall

Bus passenger numbers in Scotland have fallen by 10 per cent over the past five years, according to new figures from Transport Scotland.

BBC News

Musselburgh care home conversion proposal

A planning application has been submitted to East Lothian Council to convert the Quay Complex in Musselburgh, which currently operates as a venue for weddings and events with a restaurant and a fitness spa, into a 40-bedroom luxury care home.

Scottish Construction Now

Solar PV for Highland Council buildings

The Highland Council has decided to press ahead with plans to generate over £4 million profit and significantly reduce its carbon emissions by installing Solar Photovoltaics panels on its estate.

The Highland Council