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Scotland round-up: Sturgeon announces climate change strategy; Public to view plans for Sutherland spaceport

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 31 August-6 September, 2019

Sturgeon announces climate change strategy

Measures to help curb global warming were laid out by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she issued the administration’s latest legislative programme.

The Planner

Public to view plans for Sutherland spaceport

Plans for a spaceport that will launch communications satellites into orbit from Sutherland will soon be available for the public to view.

The Planner

Spending Round: Cash for decarbonisation, air quality and biodiversity

Chancellor Sajid Javid has committed £90 million to help decarbonise the UK, improve air quality and increase biodiversity in his one-year Spending Round.

The Planner

Argyll gold mine development?

A village in Argyll could become a new focus for Scotland’s gold-mining industry now Scotgold Resources said it was encouraged by tests of soil samples from Glen Fyne, near the village of Cairndow.

Glasgow Herald

Island homes for Orkney fish farm workers

A salmon farm in Orkney has been granted approval to build a small development of eco-homes to provide workers with a place to live on the island of Eday.

Scottish Housing News

Glasgow hotel mooted

Detailed plans have been lodged for the conversion and change of use of the Art Deco former Dunnes Stores building at 218-224 Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow into a 112-bedroom hotel and all-day café/restaurant on behalf of Manor Property Group.

Scottish Construction Now

Ayrshire estate for sale with permission for nearly 500 homes

An Ayrshire country estate with permission for 495 houses as well as the construction of a hotel, golf course, business premises and equestrian centre has been listed for sale.

Scottish Housing News

Consultation over key Dundee industrial area

Consultation on the design framework for the Blackness economic development area in Dundee has begun.

Dundee City Council

Rail cycle hire scheme hits the buffers

ScotRail's cycle hire scheme is to be shut down after a slump in the number of passengers renting bikes.

BBC News

Growth deal funding clarification urged

Infrastructure secretary Michael Matheson is calling for the UK Government to clarify its future investment in Scotland’s growth deals, as it has yet to clarify the country’s share of £300 million in extra funding announced back in July for growth schemes in the devolved administrations.

Scottish Government

Infrastructure levy concerns highlighted

Fraser Mitchell, planning partner at law firm Shoosmiths in Edinburgh, has argued that legislation in the Planning (Scotland) Act for an infrastructure levy should be implemented quickly.

Scottish Construction Now

Compulsory sale orders ditched

The government has confirmed that it has dropped its manifesto pledge to introduce compulsory sale orders to help councils deal with empty homes and regenerate vacant and derelict land.

Scottish Housing News

Dundee waterfront urban beach project

Dundee City Council has announced that it is inviting proposals for a scheme providing an interactive play-park, water features, active travel hub and an urban beach at the city’s waterfront.

Dundee City Council

City deal funding for Edinburgh medical research scheme

The business case for city deal funding for a £68 million data-focused medical research institute at the capital’s Bioquarter – next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh – has been signed off.

Edinburgh Evening News