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Scotland round-up: Sturgeon mulls over planning controls for short-term lets; Planners back new Aberdeen football stadium

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 20 January-26 January, 2018

Sturgeon mulls over planning controls for short-term let

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made it clear that she may back calls for new planning powers to control the rise in short-term lettings of homes, particularly in tourist hotspots such as the capital.

The Planner

Planners back new Aberdeen football stadium

Aberdeen City Council planners have recommended approval of plans for Aberdeen Football Club’s £50 million stadium.

The Planner

Borderlands growth deal talks

Two UK Government ministers have visited Carlisle for talks about a Borderlands Growth Deal to boost the economy of the south of Scotland and north of England. Five local authorities are involved: Scottish Borders Council, Northumberland County Council, Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council and Dumfries & Galloway Council.

Scottish Borders Council

Capital’s tourism trauma

Edinburgh is struggling to cope with the mass influx of visitors to the city during its major festivals, according to a new dossier.

The Scotsman

Huge Borders wind farm unveiled

Plans for a major wind farm comprising 49 turbines straddling the boundary between the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway Council have been unveiled.

BBC News

Aberdeen bypass latest

Economy secretary Keith Brown has said he hopes the Aberdeen western bypass will open in April or May, but was unable this week to give MSPs an exact date.

BBC News

Low carbon fund opens for bids

A £60 million fund that aims to keep the country at the forefront of low carbon innovation is now open for business.

Scottish Government

Glasgow’s Central Quay redevelopment

Outline planning permission has been granted for a new mixed-use quarter including 400 new homes, a 150-bed hotel, office and retail floorspace at Central Quay in central Glasgow.

Scottish Housing News

Perth housing scheme called in

The government has called in proposals for 159 new homes on the outskirts of Perth following issues over the scheme’s transport links.

Scottish Housing News

Over the bridge to NI?

One of Scotland’s leading architects has claimed that a combined road and rail crossing between Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway and Larne in Northern Ireland could create a ‘Celtic powerhouse’, and cost a fraction of the one recently proposed by Boris Johnson between England and France.

BBC News

Edinburgh’s Gyle centre makeover

A £25 million makeover is now in prospect for the capital’s Gyle shopping centre, which would include more retail floorspace and a cinema.

Edinburgh News

Glasgow spec office project

Architect 3DReid has unveiled a proposal for a speculative office building that it says will link the academic and Merchant City areas of Glasgow and attract new businesses to the conurbation.

The Scotsman

Revised Portobello project proposals

Developer Portobello Sands Ltd is consulting on revised proposals for the Pipe Lane development on Portobello Promenade which will see five fewer flats and townhouses provided.

Edinburgh Evening News

Skye blues?

Skye has been handed the unwelcome tag of one of the top 12 global tourists destinations to avoid this summer by US broadcaster CNN, because of its ‘creaking’ tourist infrastructure.

The Scotsman

Rethink urged for key Edinburgh junction

The Cockburn Association, Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, residents and cyclists are all asking Edinburgh City Council to go back to the drawing board over plans for the key Picardy Place junction as it is prepared for a revamp.

Glasgow Herald

V&A Dundee opening day

V&A Dundee, which is at the centre of the £1 billion transformation of the Dundee waterfront and is Scotland’s first design museum, will open to the public on Saturday 15 September this year, Dundee City Council has confirmed.

Dundee City Council

Arygll and Bute community wind farm plan

Fyne Homes has announced plans to build a 6.9-megawatt, three-turbine wind farm in Argyll and Bute that will generate £15.6 million of community and charitable benefit over the next 20 years.

Scottish Housing News

Lottery funding for special places

Nine ‘special places’ with ‘unique heritage’ across Scotland have secured a share of £2.4 million from the National Lottery to shape their future development.

BBC News

Glasgow theatre refurb

Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre has been awarded £1.5 million of government funding towards its refurbishment programme as part of the Gorbals regeneration initiative.

Scottish Government

Nigg Energy Park expansion

Highland Council has approved Global Energy's proposals to expand its Nigg Energy Park on the Cromarty Firth with new facilities for building and painting components for marine renewable power schemes.

BBC News

Clydebank district heating development

Ambitious plans to make Clydebank the ‘greenest town in Scotland’ have taken another step forward after councillors agreed a deal to purchase land to build a district heating network energy centre.

Scottish Housing News

Crown Estate reform bill published

Legislation that will reform the Scottish Crown Estate and give local communities more control of its assets has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Government

Glasgow spends more on Clyde quay walls

Glasgow City Council has approved a £50 million investment in quay walls on the Clyde as a crucial part of the regeneration of the waterfront between Glasgow Green and the proposed Partick-Govan bridge.

Glasgow City Council