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Scotland round-up: Strategy to reposition Stranraer as ‘capital of the west’; Crown Estate Bill passed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 17 November-23 November, 2018

Strategy to reposition Stranraer as ‘capital of the west’

Stranraer and its hinterland should be repositioned as a ‘capital for the west’ of Dumfries and Galloway in a move designed to capitalise on the area as a distinctive marine and leisure destination.

The Planner

Homelessness on the rise

Three hundred and twenty thousand people are recorded as homeless in Britain – an increase of 13,000 people over the last year.

The Planner

£60m for new renewables auctions

Energy minister Claire Perry has announced a £60 million budget for new renewables auctions.

The Planner

Crown Estate Bill passed

Landmark legislation was passed by the Scottish Parliament this week giving local authorities and communities a stronger voice and more control over the management of Scottish Crown Estate assets.

Scottish Government

Clyde waterfront scheme approved

A £90 million proposal to regenerate the Clyde waterfront has been given the go-ahead by Scottish Government ministers. It involves the construction of the first opening road bridge over the River Clyde, linking Renfrew and Yoker.

Scottish Construction News

Midlothian homes

Midlothian Council has approved a strategic investment plan that identifies locations for 2,202 affordable homes to be built in the region over the next five years.

Scottish Housing News

Distillery and brewery projects for capital

Proposals have been unveiled for a new distillery and, separately, a new brewery, in the capital. Spirits brand Edinburgh Gin plans to invest in a new multimillion-pound distillery in the city’s historic ‘Old Town’ while craft brewer Innis & Gunn has announced its intention to build a large-scale brewery at a yet undisclosed location.

Scottish Construction Now

Montrose Port expansion funding

Montrose Port Authority has received £5.4 million from the Royal Bank of Scotland to support the port’s capacity, increasing the maximum potential size of berthing vessels from 12,000 to 18,000 deadweight tonnage.

Scottish Construction Now

Clydebank houses green-lit

Proposals to build 126 homes on the site of a former high school in Clydebank have been given the go-ahead by West Dunbartonshire Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Angus boosts affordable homes

Angus Council is to invest more than £44 million on housing supply as it sets out to deliver more than 600 new affordable homes, some council-built and some through its housing association partners.

Scottish Housing News

Edinburgh concert hall rumbles

Proposals to create Edinburgh’s first new concert hall for more than a century has won the backing of the body responsible for safeguarding the city’s world heritage status but protests from a firm behind a £1 billion shopping and leisure complex on its doorstep.

The Scotsman

Dundee eyes capital projects costing £350M

Dundee City Council has drawn up a five-year capital plan costing nearly £350 million including further projects on the waterfront and a regional performance centre for sport.

Dundee City Council

Edinburgh prospers, claims report

The capital continues to be the most prosperous UK city outside London, according to a new report produced by Edinburgh City Council.

Edinburgh City Council

Moray cracks down on conservation area blights

Moray Council has insisted that residents or developers who flout planning regulations in conservation areas will face enforcement action. This has been the case in two areas where timber-framed windows have been replaced with uPVC windows without advice or permission.

Moray Council

Canal concerns

The UK-wide Inland Waterways Association has welcomed the creation of an independent water ombudsman for Scotland but warned that increased funding is ‘essential’ for Scotland’s deteriorating canals if the country’s industrial heritage is to be preserved.

The Scotsman

Tay Cities Regional Deal makes waves

The heads of terms agreement, the latest stage of the £700 million Tay Cities Region Deal, was signed this week by the two governments involved and the local authorities for Angus, Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and the north-east area of Fife.

BBC News

First automated bus trial announced for the Forth Road Bridge

Scotland's first self-driving bus trial will run between Fife and Edinburgh next year and will involve five autonomous single-decker buses travelling across the Forth Road Bridge.

BBC News