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Scotland round-up: Second bid for Rubislaw quarry development; Scotland makes fracking ban permanent

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 28 September-4 October, 2019

Second bid for Rubislaw quarry development

Fresh plans have been submitted for a significant residential development at north-east Scotland’s most famous quarry, which is in Aberdeen.

The Planner

Scotland makes fracking ban permanent

The Scottish Government has set out a ‘policy of no support’ for unconventional oil and gas development – or fracking – in Scotland.

The Planner

Argyll and Bute growth deal and LDP developments

Scottish secretary Allister Jack pledged £25 million for a growth deal for Argyll and Bute during this week’s Conservative Party conference in Manchester. The announcement came as the local authority’s latest proposed local development plan (LDP) was approved for public consultation.

Glasgow Herald and Scottish Construction Now

Marine protection area mooted off the Western Isles

Europe’s largest marine protected area has been proposed for a deep-sea area off the Western Isles and is now the subject of a government consultation.

Scottish Government

Airbnb moves

Airbnb has revealed proposals for landlord planning regulations and a registration system across Scotland in response to a government consultation on short-term letting as evidence emerges that Airbnb landlords in Edinburgh are abandoning short-term lettings owing to impending restrictions proposed by the city council.

The Scotsman

Glasgow station glazed

Engineers have completed the installation of 310 glass panels for a new façade for Glasgow’s Queen Street station, part of the second phase of the building’s £120 million redevelopment.

The Scotsman

Stirling school-bike initiative

A school bike share scheme – said to be the first of its kind in the UK – has been launched in Stirling as part of an initiative designed to encourage “active travel habits".

BBC News

Cumbernauld complex approved

North Lanarkshire Council has approved in principle a new cinema and restaurant complex in Cumbernauld on the site of an existing car park at the Teviot Walk Mall.

Scottish Construction Now

Green light for Peterhead sub-station

Aberdeenshire Council has backed plans for a new electricity sub-station on the outskirts of Boddam, near Peterhead.

Scottish Construction Now

What’s the future for Glasgow’s George Square?

Glasgow City Council has begun a consultation exercise on the future of George Square, one of the city's most familiar landmarks.

Glasgow City Council

Key road projects under review

Key road projects like the dualling of the A9 and A96 are involved in a wide-ranging government review of major transport schemes, Transport Scotland has confirmed.

BBC News

Sutherland spaceport design unveiled

The proposed design for a Scottish spaceport’s launch operations control centre in Sutherland has been unveiled by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which is heading up the project proposed for a site near Tongue.

BBC News