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Scotland round-up: Shake-up of telecommunication infrastructure permitted development mooted; Plans to turn Royal High into music school backed by planners

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 6 August-12 August, 2016

Shake-up of telecommunication infrastructure permitted development mooted

The Scottish Government has begun talks about expanding certain existing permitted development rights for Electronic Communications Code Operators.

The Planner 

Plans to turn Royal High into music school backed by planners

Plans to turn the historic A-listed old Royal High School into a new home for Scotland’s only independent music school have been recommended for approval.

Edinburgh Evening News 

Capital spending boost post-Brexit vote

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced measures to support and stimulate the economy in the wake of the EU referendum which will involve accelerated capital spending on projects to support and create employment.

Scottish Government 

Scotland’s changing population

The Registrar General’s annual review of demographic trends has been published. It shows that Scotland’s population, at 5,373,000, is now at its highest since these records started to be collected from 1855 onwards.

Scottish Government

SEPA publishes new strategy for 21st century regulation

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has published its new strategy for regulation, aimed at enabling the agency to support businesses that seek to find innovative and efficient ways to go beyond standard levels of compliance while operating within the world’s need for sustainability.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Consultation on Environmental Impact Assessment amendments launched

The administration has begun a consultation on proposals from the EU involving amendments to the environmental impact assessment regime.

Scottish Government 

Tourism tax plan for visitors in bid to boost Aberdeen’s regeneration

Visitors travelling to Aberdeen could soon be hit with a £1-a-night tourism tax, introduced to raise more cash to help regenerate the city.

Herald Scotland 

Thainstone Mart near Inverurie set for a £4m expansion

An Aberdeenshire mart is set for a £4 million expansion that would see more floor space and parking provided at the facility at Thainstone, near Inverurie.

BBC News 

Councils call for fast-track Glasgow Airport rail link ‘to offset Brexit fallout’

Construction of a rail link at Glasgow Airport should be fast-tracked to offset the economic uncertainty of the Brexit vote, according to council leaders, who are calling on the transport minister to give the project his full backing.

Herald Scotland 

£100,000 fundraising campaign to save Birnam Oak

A £100,000 fundraising campaign has been launched to save an ancient tree believed to be from the forest immortalised in Shakespeare's Macbeth.

BBC News 

Have your say on planned improvements to QuietRoutes for cycling and walking

The City of Edinburgh Council has begun public consultations on changes to its network of so-called QuietRoutes – dedicated routes for walking and cycling.

City of Edinburgh Council 

Business leaders to get say on flagship city deal project

Businesses across the West of Scotland are being given the chance to have their say on the £144 million Glasgow Airport Access Project, the centrepiece of the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Glasgow City Council

Stagecoach tycoon Ann Gloag wins fight to build new cottage

Stagecoach tycoon Ann Gloag has won a planning battle to build a new cottage on land near her castle east of Perth despite opposition from neighbours.

Herald Scotland