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Scotland round-up: Sturgeon signs off £1.3bn city regional deal for Edinburgh and SE Scotland; Capital transport deliberations

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 4 August-10 August, 2018

Sturgeon signs off £1.3bn city regional deal for Edinburgh and SE Scotland

First minister Nicola Sturgeon this week formally signed off her administration’s investment in the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

The Planner 

Capital transport deliberations

Edinburgh City Council has announced that it will hold a major consultation exercise next month designed to promote discussion about how people want the heart of the capital to look, feel and function with the possibility of much more pedestrianization, restrictions on through-traffic, bus and freight ‘hubs’, widened pavements and improved public spaces all in the mix, alongside more regular vehicle-free days.

Edinburgh City Council 

Colliers voices fears over third-party right of appeal

Real estate consultancy Colliers has warned that moves to amend the planning bill by introducing third-party right of appeal could spark a flurry of anti-development moves that would escalate costs and timescales, eroding the country’s competitiveness.


Edinburgh airport flightpath proposals

Edinburgh Airport has submitted revised proposals for a flightpath over the capital to the Civil Aviation Authority involving plans for aircraft to fly towards the west of Cramond and along the Firth of Forth.

The Scotsman

Leith development ruffles feathers

Campaigners and local traders are up in arms over Drum Property Group’s revised proposals for a mixed-use development on Leith Walk involving the provision of some 500 student bedrooms, a 56-bedroom hotel, 53 affordable homes, a restaurant, café and retail units.

Edinburgh Evening News

Rapleys applauds higher housing targets for SE Scotland regional strategy

Property and planning consultancy Rapleys has added its voice to those applauding the planning reporters who recommended to ministers that the next strategic development plan for South East Scotland – SESplan 2 – should raise its housing supply target total to 94,416 by 2030 and increase the housing land requirement to 103,898 homes over the same period.


RBS withdraws Edinburgh New Town scheme

Controversial proposals to demolish and redevelop a former Royal Bank of Scotland site at Fettes Row in Edinburgh’s New Town have been withdrawn.

Glasgow Herald

Student blocks approved for Water of Leith site in capital

Edinburgh City Council has approved plans for the development of more than 100 student flats on four blocks next to the Water of Leith.

Scottish Construction Now 

Green light for Sir Andy Murray’s Dunblane hotel extension

Sir Andy Murray’s luxury hotel, Cromlix House in Dunblane, has been given the green light to build an extension involving 27 new rooms and an enlarged afternoon tea room.

The Scotsman

National park for Skye?

A new Scottish national park should be established on Skye to help the island cope with the rising numbers of tourists, according to Labour MEP Catherine Stihler.

The Scotsman

Boost for Highlands and Islands superfast broadband

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that some 25,000 additional homes and businesses in the Highlands and Islands will be able to access superfast broadband, thanks to the Digital Scotland roll-out.

The Scotsman

Scottish Liberal Democrats on warpath over empty house record

Only a fraction of empty homes across Scotland have been brought back into use over the past eight years, according to figures highlighted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Glasgow Herald

Worst salmon farmers named and shamed

Salmon farmers with the worst records on animal welfare have been named and shamed by campaigners from animal charity OneKind, which is hoping to provoke reforms.

Glasgow Herald

Backing for Lynx comeback

Controversial plans to reintroduce wild Eurasian lynx to an area spanning the Scotland-England border have been handed a boost after the proposal received backing from local landowners.

The Scotsman