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Scotland round-up: Scottish planning bill places more than 60 new duties on planners; Report proposes major reshaping of Glasgow city centre

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 1 December-7 December, 2018

Scottish planning bill places more than 60 new duties on planners

The Planning (Scotland) Bill will place up to 63 new duties and responsibilities on planners without providing additional resources to undertake them, according to RTPI Scotland.

The Planner

Report proposes major reshaping of Glasgow city centre

Glasgow’s Connectivity Commission has recommended the biggest ‘reconstitution of the city centre streetscape in half a century’.

The Planner

George Pepler international award open for entries

The George Pepler international award, organised by the RTPI, is a bursary granted biennially to a person in their first ten years of post-qualification experience wishing to undertake a short period of study on a particular aspect of spatial planning. Entries are now open.


New village plans for Edinburgh outskirts

Further details have been unveiled for a standalone village, which includes more than 1,000 homes earmarked for a green belt site between Dalmahoy and Ratho on the outskirts of the capital at Hatton Village on the A71.

Edinburgh Evening News

Michelin site moves

A declaration to be signed by the end of the year will see the Scottish Government and tyre-maker Michelin work in partnership to transform the latter’s soon-to-be-redundant manufacturing site in Dundee into a key location for new economic and employment opportunities.

Scottish Construction Now

Cairngorms pylons to be pulled?

Scottish transmission company SSEN has submitted two funding applications to energy regulator Ofgem to reduce the visual impact of historic transmission infrastructure in the Cairngorms National Park. This could see the replacement of 12 kilometres of overhead line and 46 existing transmission towers near the villages of Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge with underground cabling.


Top Highlands home

Lochside House, a West Highlands home designed by HaysomWardMiller Architects, has been named House of the Year 2018 by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Scottish Construction Now

Springburn homes

Glasgow City Council has unveiled proposals to demolish a former rehab centre in Springburn to make way for more than 700 new homes.

Scottish Housing News

Aberdeen marine life centre change

Revised plans have been lodged for a marine life visitor centre in Aberdeen after a new location – at the Torry Battery – was selected for the project.

Scottish Construction Now

Second dark sky designation

Scotland has been awarded its second Dark Skies Park, set amid some of the country’s most rugged and remote scenery in the Cairngorms area.

The Scotsman

Tilda Swinton’s neighbourhood watch

Actor Tilda Swinton has withdrawn plans submitted to The Highland Council for renovations at her £650,000 Highland home at Nairn after objections from neighbours.

Glasgow Herald

Aberdeenshire affordable homes

Proposals to invest more than £150 million in affordable housing across Aberdeenshire over the next five years have been agreed by the council, which plans to provide over 2,300 homes.

Scottish Housing News

Airbnb accolade for Outer Hebrides

Airbnb has named the Outer Hebrides as one of the world’s top travel destinations to head for in 2019.

The Scotsman

East Dunbartonshire LDP cranks-up

East Dunbartonshire Council has begun preliminary work on a new local development plan and is canvassing local views and input.

East Dunbartonshire Council

Aberdeen bypass opening

The Aberdeen bypass is to be fully open by Christmas – but the £745 million project bill is now more than £1 billion, MSPs were told this week.

Aberdeen Evening Express

Upland birds struggling

Woodland and farmland birds are thriving in Scotland, but upland birds continue to struggle, according to the latest figures published by Scottish Natural Heritage.


A96 route preferred

Transport Scotland’s preferred route for 45 kilometres of new dual carriageway on the A96 between Nairn and Fochabers has been revealed.

BBC News

Exxon site moves

Refreshed plans for the transformation of the former Exxon site in Bowling into a major industrial and commercial development have been approved by West Dunbartonshire Council.

West Dunbartonshire Council

Selkirk call-centre growth

An Indian-owned company has announced a major expansion at its Selkirk call centre in the Scottish Borders.

BBC News

Thumbs-down for Galashiels BID

Galashiels has voted to reject a Business Improvement District for the town.

Scottish Borders Council

Leith building to become film studio

Screen Scotland, the national film body, has confirmed that a huge currently empty industrial building in Leith is to be the country’s new major film studio.

Glasgow Herald

Student flats refused

Structured House Group’s proposals to develop a block of student flats with a convenience store on behalf of Scotmid at a site on Gorgie Road have been refused by Edinburgh City Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Next appeal rejected

An appeal which could have let retail giant Next return to Dumfries, a town it left earlier this year, has been rejected.

BBC News