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Scotland round-up: String of major developments mooted for Dumfries; Investment in local infrastructure ‘vital’

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 28 November-4 December, 2015

String of major developments mooted for Dumfries

Plans for a £200 million investment set to transform Dumfries with a string of new developments have been unveiled this week.

The Planner

Judy Murray's multi-million pound tennis development set for refusal

Plans by Judy Murray to create a multi-million pound tennis and golf centre, which would also provide new homes at Park of Keir in Dunblane, look set to be given the thumbs down.

Herald Scotland

Investment in local infrastructure projects vital, says committee

Local authorities should maximise the opportunities presented by City Deals to improve local infrastructure and consider using local government pension funds to bankroll local projects like affordable housing, a Scottish Parliamentary committee has urged.

Scottish Parliament

Decision on subsidy rates critical to building affordable homes, says GWSF

Delivering the Scottish Government’s new target of 50,000 social and affordable homes between 2016 and 2020 will depend on what ministers decide on new build subsidy rates, the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has argued.

Scottish Housing News

Social housing completions up

The number of social sector homes completed in the past year has increased by 10 per cent, according to official statistics figures released this week.

Scottish Government

Edinburgh Art Deco banking hall included in £60m restoration

Edinburgh planners have given the green light to a £60 million regeneration project called The Registers, earmarked for an area south-east of St Andrew Square.

Herald Scotland

30,133 affordable homes delivered by October 2015

Including preliminary figures for the month of October 2015, there were a total of 30,133 affordable housing completions between April 2011 and end-October 2015, a figure which exceeds by 133 homes the Scottish Government target of 30,000 affordable homes to be completed between 2011/12 and 2015/16.

Scottish Government 

SSE wins Ofgem backing for less intrusive pylon design plan

One of Scotland's leading power suppliers has won the backing of regulator Ofgem to design less intrusive electricity pylons for mountainous areas.

BBC News 

Aberdeen Airport latest objector to controversial Fraserburgh turbine

Aberdeen International Airport (AIA) has become the latest objector to a controversial plan to install a turbine at the foot of a Buchan landmark.

The Press and Journal

Scotland’s forestry sector worth £1bn

Scotland's forestry sector is contributing nearly £1 billion to the Scottish economy through forest management, timber processing and recreation, according to a report.

Herald Scotland

Regeneration plan drawn up for Upper Nithsdale

Proposals for the multi-million pound regeneration of the former coal mining heartland in the Upper Nithsdale area of Dumfries and Galloway in the south-west of Scotland have been unveiled.

BBC News

Leaked document shows hotel plan for Provost Skene House

A leaked council document has revealed early proposals for the controversial Marischal Square development in Aberdeen could have resulted in the historic Provost Skene House being “integrated” with a hotel.

The Press and Journal

Councillors reject proposals for development near Garioch art work

Aberdeenshire councillors have dismissed plans for a housing development neighbouring a much-loved work of art at Kemnay.

The Press and Journal

Unesco advisers seek probe into Edinburgh World Heritage site

UNESCO cultural advisers have called for an investigation into development affecting the Edinburgh Old and New Town World Heritage site.

Herald Scotland

World heritage body backs Royal High music school bid

The body charged with overseeing Edinburgh’s world heritage site has thrown its weight behind plans to turn one of the city’s most celebrated landmarks into a new music school and concert venue.

Edinburgh Evening News 

Charity shops and nail bars take over high street

Shops left empty on Scottish high streets in the wake of the recession are being filled by service retail businesses such as hairdressers, tattoo parlours and nail salons rather than traditional shops.

The Scotsman

Scotland’s Festival of Architecture launches at St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross

A derelict building considered by some to be a modernist masterpiece has been chosen to help launch Scotland’s Festival of Architecture next year.

BBC News 

Scottish Government rejects planning help plea from developers behind Scots film studio proposals

The developers behind a £140 million plan for a film studio in Scotland have had their plea for help from the government rejected.

The Scotland Herald 

Highland millionaire’s plan for new home in family’s 7,500-acre estate

A millionaire has submitted plans to Highland Council to build a new home within the grounds of his family’s former 3,000 hectare estate.

The Press and Journal

Hearts to stay at Tynecastle and increase capacity of stadium

Hearts’ board has decided the Scottish Premiership club will be staying at Tynecastle and not moving to a new ground. Instead there are now plans to redevelop the main stand and increase ground capacity to at least 20,000.

BBC Sport

Fifers call for radical overhaul of Scottish planning system

A Fife Council-led survey has revealed wide-spread support for an overhaul of the Scottish planning system to aid development planning and future housing delivery among local people, communities and businesses.

Scottish Housing News