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Scotland round-up: Scottish tourist strategy bangs drum for more resort development; 140 affordable homes proposed for Glasgow gasworks site

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 14 January-20 January, 2017

Scottish tourist strategy bangs drum for more resort development

Scottish councils have signed up to a new tourism blueprint for the country, which calls for hotel resorts to be considered for the country’s world heritage sites and national parks.

The Planner

Stephen Wilkinson inaugurated as RTPI president

Stephen Wilkinson has been inaugurated as the 2017 president of the RTPI, taking over from Phil Williams.

The Planner

RTPI shortlisted in three categories at Association Excellence Awards

The RTPI’s Young Planners Conference 2016, England’s Great Places competition and The Planner magazine have all been shortlisted in an awards scheme set up to celebrate best practice and excellence in all aspects of trade and professional Associations.


140 affordable homes proposed for Glasgow gasworks site

Developers have unveiled plans to build 140 affordable flats and houses at the former Maxwell Road gasworks in East Pollokshields, a Glasgow suburb.

Scottish Construction Now

Draft redevelopment brief for prominent site 

Dundee City Council planners have drawn up a draft masterplan for part of the Maryfield Hospital complex. The one-hectare site is being proposed for a mix of new housing.

Dundee City Council

Views sought on proposed new primary school for south east Edinburgh

Consultation for a new primary school in south-east Edinburgh has begun because of the significant new housing development proposed in the area following the recently approved local development plan.

City of Edinburgh Council

New Aberdeen FC stadium plans submitted

Aberdeen Football Club has submitted its planning application for a new stadium on the outskirts of the city at Kingsford, close to the Aberdeen bypass, near Westhill.

BBC News

John Muir Way awarded great trail status

The John Muir Way has been awarded Scotland’s Great Trail status three years after the coast-to-coast route was established.

BBC News

Consultation begins on charging for surface coal mining monitoring

The administration has started consulting on proposals to enable planning authorities to charge operators for undertaking monitoring of surface coal mining permissions, including planning conditions, legal agreements and restoration financial guarantees.

Scottish Government

Natural burial grounds ‘key’

An architect and urban planner has claimed natural burial grounds could be key to tackling Scotland’s looming shortage of urban cemeteries.

Herald Scotland

Kezia Dugdale calls for new dedicated cities minister

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has argued that there should be a new minister for cities appointed to drive regional growth and an industrial strategy to boost jobs in technology and decommissioning.

The Scotsman

Government defeated on plan to scrap Highlands and Islands Enterprise board

The Scottish Government has been defeated in a vote at Holyrood after opposition parties united behind calls for Highlands and Islands Enterprise to retain its own board. 

Herald Scotland

Statoil strikes floating wind farm deal

Norwegian oil giant Statoil has taken on a strategic partner as it prepares to build the world’s first floating wind farm off the east coast of Scotland.

BBC News

TV show Eden wins planning approval for new series

Highland Council has given permission for Channel 4 TV show Eden to continue using a remote site at Ardnamurchan for a second series.

Herald Scotland

Record year for Edinburgh Airport as millions pass through in 2016

Edinburgh Airport has broken a new annual record for passengers at any Scottish airport after it confirmed that 12,366,498 flew through the airport in 2016.

The Scotsman

Lost Dark Ages kingdom discovered in Galloway

A “lost” Dark Ages kingdom has been discovered in Dumfries and Galloway after archaeologists finally solved the mystery surrounding the location of the elusive stronghold.

The Scotsman 

Tackling climate change

Detailed proposals designed to achieve a 66 per cent reduction in Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions have been published by environment cabinet secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

Scottish Government

15,000 homes approved for Glasgow

Fifteen thousand new homes will be built in Scotland’s biggest city over the next five years, according to a strategy approved by Glasgow City Council this week.

Glasgow City Council

£10m council funding approved for new rail station

Glasgow City Council has agreed to provide £10 million funding for the early delivery of a new rail station in the Millerston/Robroyston area, which aims to accelerate the provision of nearly 1,600 new homes.

Glasgow City Council

Views sought on Scottish Government’s draft climate change plan

Four Scottish parliamentary committees have launched a joint call for views on the government’s plan on how it will meet climate change targets from 2017 to 2032.

Scottish Parliament