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Scotland round-up: Second Scottish City Deal signed for Aberdeen; Common land to be reviewed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 23 January-29 January, 2016

Second Scottish City Deal signed for Aberdeen

Scotland’s second UK City Deal - focused on the greater Aberdeen area – was confirmed this week.

The Planner

House building grew in 2015 – NHBC

The number of homes registered to be built in the UK in 2015 topped 156,000, according to figures released by the National House Building Council.

The Planner

Cities and Local Government Devolution Act receives Royal Assent

As the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act receives Royal Assent, new laws will see powers devolved to cities and regions.

The Planner

Growth forecast for UK construction

The Construction Industry Training Board is calling for more apprentices as it releases new figures on 27 January that forecast an average annual growth of 2.5 per cent for the next five years.

The Planner

Review of Planning

An online discussion forum, hosted by the administration, has been established on the Scottish Government platform Dialogue to provide another opportunity for views on how the planning system can be improved. This is a first for the Planning and Architecture Division.

Scottish Government

Common land to be reviewed

Land reform minister Aileen McLeod has announced that the new Scottish Land Commission will be asked to review whether protection for common land is sufficient. As well she has written to the Scottish Law Commission requesting a review of the Division of Commonties Act 1695 with a view to its repeal.

Scottish Government

Edinburgh-Glasgow trains ‘every 10 minutes’

Trains on Scotland’s busiest line would be increased by a third under plans being considered by Network Rail.

The Scotsman

Scottish Labour says new homes plan could support 49,000 jobs

A pledge to build 60,000 new homes over the course of the next Parliament would support almost 50,000 jobs a year, Scottish Labour has claimed.

Herald Scotland

Glasgow City Council committee backs both sides in land row

Councillors in Glasgow have taken the unusual step of backing a controversial housing development and an opposing plan to keep the land in community use.

BBC News

SEPA publishes guidance on natural flood management

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has published a natural flood management handbook that details how measures such as riparian planting, reinstating flood plains, restoring coastal areas or returning watercourses back to their natural shape can help reduce the impact of frequent flooding on a smaller scale.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Mass protest over £9 million ‘cycle superhighway’ plan

Edinburgh business owners fear that a new £9 million cycle route linking the east and west of the city will destroy their livelihoods.

Edinburgh News

Borders biggest wind farm planned near border with England

Plans are being drawn up for the biggest wind farm ever to be built in the Scottish Borders. The array of up to 90 turbines would stretch along the area immediately north of the Scotland-England border - either as one site or three separate areas.

BBC News

Campaigners set to publish alternative to powerline they say will devastate tourism in south-west Scotland

A Borders campaign group battling a proposed power line has published its alternative plans to a project that is set to dominate the rural landscape for a century.

Herald Scotland

Nominations open for housing design awards

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards with this year’s judging panel due to be guest chaired by Scottish journalist, writer and television presenter Kirsty Wark.

Saltire Society Scotland

Major affordable housing boost for the Capital

Edinburgh is set for a major housing boost with plans for 16,000 affordable homes to be built over the next decade now six housing associations have pledged to match the city council's plan to build 8,000 homes in the capital.

The City of Edinburgh Council 

Borders Railway welcomes half a million passengers

The Borders Railway has welcomed its 500,000th passenger in a little over four months of service. This is over 20 per cent ahead of forecast.

Scottish Government