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08/09/2017

Scotland round-up: Sturgeon confirms planning bill in Scottish Government plans; Rosyth waterfront regeneration proposals make waves

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland; 2 September-8 September, 2017

Sturgeon confirms planning bill in Scottish Government plans

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched her Programme for Government 2017 / 2018, which confirms that planning, climate change and Crown Estate bills will be introduced.

The Planner

Rosyth waterfront regeneration proposals make waves

A masterplan has been drawn up for the regeneration of a 48-hectare Fife waterfront site on the back of the new Queensferry crossing, which has just opened.

The Planner

Low emission zone consultation launched

Transport minister Humza Yousaf has launched a consultation on Scotland’s low emission zones, due to be introduced in the country’s four biggest cities between 2018 and 2020.

Scottish Government

Tram extension could be put on hold

Final approval for construction of the proposed Edinburgh tram extension could be put on hold if the inquiry into the original network has not reported by then.

Edinburgh Evening News

Scotland a low carbon leader

Ministers have committed to a £60 million fund designed to accelerate innovation in new technologies, including low carbon and digital projects by 2020.

Scottish Government

Green light for £29m Rattray housing development

Proposals for a £29 million housing estate comprising 217 new homes have been approved by Perth & Kinross Council for a site in Rattray.

Scottish Housing News

South Lanarkshire's commitment to new homes on-going

South Lanarkshire Council has agreed its key housing strategy for the next five years, including a commitment to build 1,000 new council homes by 2022.

Scottish Housing News

£170m Highlands wind farm set to generate economic boost

Plans have been unveiled for a £170 million wind farm development at Glenshero in the Scottish Highlands, with 54 turbines that could generate nearly 180 megawatts of power.

The Scotsman

Affordable housing boost for Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council has given the green light to plans for 150 homes on the outskirts of Cruden Bay, a third of which will be affordable.

Scottish Housing News

Flats approved at former Musselburgh supermarket site

A development of 140 flats on part of the site of the former Tesco store in Musselburgh has been approved by East Lothian Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Tiree surfers’ beach hut set for demolition given reprieve

An independent planning reporter has allowed on appeal retrospective planning permission for a beach hut used by surfers on Tiree, originally blocked by Argyll and Bute Council.

The Scotsman

University of Aberdeen reveals new £35m proposals

The University of Aberdeen has announced plans to build a £35 million science teaching hub at a site on its Old Aberdeen campus, just off St Machar Drive.

Scottish Construction Now

Transformational city deal plans move ahead in Clackmannanshire

Measures to bring forward housing development sites in Clackmannanshire are among a list of potential projects for the proposed Stirling & Clackmannanshire City Deal, the council has confirmed.

Scottish Housing News

North Ayrshire coastal communities deprived

Coastal communities like those in North Ayrshire are lagging inland areas with some of the worst levels of economic and social deprivation in the country, a report has highlighted.

Herald Scotland

Scotland crowned world's most beautiful country

Scotland has outshone Italy, South Africa and New Zealand to be crowned the world’s most beautiful country by readers of the Rough Guide travel guides.

Herald Scotland

£25m revamp of Edinburgh theatre

The iIconic King's Theatre is to undergo a £25 million facelift involving a new stage and reduced seating, meaning it will be closed for two years from late 2021.

Herald Scotland

Urban right to buy

A community group in Edinburgh has become the first organisation in an urban area to benefit from community right to buy powers now Action Porty has taken ownership of the former Portobello Old Parish Church, which will become a multi-use community hub.

Scottish Government

More plans unveiled for £15m Aviemore hospital

Plans for a new £15 million hospital serving Badenoch and Strathspey are expected to be submitted at the end of next month, NHS Highland has revealed.

Strathspey & Badenoch Herald

Concerns voiced over forestry and land management bill

NFU Scotland has voiced concerns over Part 3 of the Forestry and Land Management Bill, which will allow ministers the ability to compulsory purchase land to ‘further the achievement of sustainable development’.

Herald Scotland

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