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Scotland round-up: Talks begin on Edinburgh city centre transformation; Fife farm destruction row

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 11 May-17 May, 2019

Talks begin on Edinburgh city centre transformation

Consultation has started on a suite of key policies designed to improve Edinburgh’s city centre and the health of the capital.

The Planner

Fife farm destruction row

A Fife farmer is being investigated by the Scottish Government having being accused of ‘industrial-scale environmental damage’ after removing six miles of drystone dykes at Pitlochie Farm, Strathmiglo and thus prompting fears for wildlife and flooding.

BBC News

Culloden holiday park refused

Victory has been declared by campaigners after plans to build a holiday park providing 13 lodges, a shop and a 100-seater restaurant within the historic boundary of Culloden Battlefield were refused by the Highland Council.

The Scotsman

Capital tourist policy unveiled

A new policy on tourism for the capital has been drawn up by the city council. It is designed to provide greater balance to meet the needs of residents and visitors and also emphasises the need for Edinburgh to make more of its role as a gateway to the city region and the rest of Scotland.

Edinburgh City Council

Dundee development outlined

Dundee-based McGill Homes has outlined plans for a significant residential development in its home city after acquiring a B-listed former government office building on Dock Street.

The Scotsman

Leith Walk developers dealth further blow

Developer Drum Property, which has just appealed refusal of its £50 million mixed-used redevelopment of part of Leith Walk, has been dealt a further blow now that the University of Edinburgh has ended its involvement in the student flats element of the project.

Scottish Housing News

Inverness Castle makeover

The transformation of Inverness Castle as a new visitor attraction for the city has made significant progress with the announcement of contracts awarded for the design of the project, LDN Architects, and the creative director for the scheme, Creative Services, led by Bryan Beattie.

The Highland Council

Capital’s floating hotels sunk

Plans to moor five floating hotels on the capital’s Union Canal have been sunk by councillors – against the advice of officials – over concern that pupils from a nearby school would not be able to access the water.

Edinburgh Evening News

Competition over reuse of Glasgow’s Egyptian Halls

An international architectural competition has been launched to seek ideas for the adaptive reuse of the A-listed Egyptian Halls in Glasgow, which currently face the threat of demolition.

Scottish Construction Now

Invasive species threat to Scottish nature

Most of Scotland’s natural features are doing well but some face significant challenges from invasive species and other threats, suggest new figures collected by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Argyll boatshed blunder

A businessman who built a boat shed near his dream home at West Loch Tarbert in Argyll without planning permission has been ordered to tear it down.

Glasgow Herald

Hunterston masterplan consultation launched

A masterplan for the Hunterston industrial complex in North Ayrshire, the former coal port now owned by Peel Ports, has been unveiled as a consultation is launched on the site’s future. Plans could see it developed with a liquid natural gas terminal, a combined cycle gas turbine power station, a train manufacturing plant, facilities for marine construction and decommissioning and a location for plastics recycling and storage.

Scottish Construction Now

Fate of Edinburgh development contributions

Money paid to City of Edinburgh Council by developers as development contributions has ‘languished unused’ for years rather than being spent, a report reveals.

BBC News