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Scotland round-up: Tay Cities Deal makes progress; Masterplan for capital’s new neighbourhood at Granton Waterfront

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 27 October-2 November 2018

Budget 2018: Tay Cities Deal makes progress

The Tay Cities Deal looks set to be signed off next week following confirmation in the UK Budget that it is being bankrolled with £350 million of public funding.

The Planner

Masterplan for capital’s new neighbourhood at Granton Waterfront

Edinburgh City Council will start public consultation next week on its development framework and high-level masterplan for a new city quarter at Granton Waterfront, It could provide 4,000 new homes.

Edinburgh City Council

Glasgow’s Custom House hotel conversion

Artisan Real Estate has obtained the green light from Glasgow City Council for its £90 million redevelopment of the Custom House by the River Clyde. It will see the sandstone grade A-listed building converted into a four-star hotel with 300 bedrooms, a bar, restaurant and conference facilities.

Scottish Construction Now

Aberdeen eyesore office block for the chop

Planning permission to demolish an 'eyesore' city centre office block to create a mixed-use development that includes a new plaza has been granted by Aberdeen City Council.

Aberdeen Evening Express

Glasgow chosen as Channel 4 regional hub

Channel 4's decision to create a regional hub in Glasgow has been welcomed as a major boost for Scotland's creative sector.

BBC News

Cruise ship port for Fife’s Burntisland?

Funding has been granted to see if a cruise ship port would be feasible at Burntisland in Fife.

BBC News

Pioneering smart canal project will unlock Glasgow development

A huge site at Bishopton on the outskirts of Glasgow has been readied to provide thousands of new homes following major clearing works by Scottish Water Horizons.

Scottish Housing News

Edinburgh University proposes new School of Engineering

The University of Edinburgh has submitted plans for a new School of Engineering within its King’s Buildings campus in the south of the city.

Scottish Construction Now

Thumbs down for Edinburgh airport flight path changes

A controversial plan to change flight paths at Edinburgh Airport has been rejected by the aviation watchdog.

BBC News

Flow Country mooted for World Heritage status

A working group has been set up to make the case that the rugged boggy landscape of Scotland’s Flow Country should be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Scotsman

Peebles textile mill set for homes conversion

Plans to demolish much of a former textile mill in Peebles to make way for housing are being recommended for approval.

BBC News    

Shetland wind farm crofting success  

Scottish law firm Gillespie Macandrew and Viking Energy have achieved a landmark decision in the Scottish Land Court over the development of one of the UK’s largest wind farms earmarked for croft land on Shetland

Scottish Construction Now

Pioneering ‘smart canal’ for Glasgow

A pioneering new digital surface water drainage system based around the Forth & Clyde Canal is set to unlock 110 hectares across the north of Glasgow for investment, regeneration and development, paving the way for more than 3,000 new homes.

Glasgow City Council

'Mini Murrayfield' approval to be investigated by council

The process of approving plans for a new rugby stadium is to be investigated by the City of Edinburgh Council because the decision was made by officials under delegated authority powers and didn’t involve councillors.

BBC News

MSPs criticise Scottish Enterprise over underspend

Scottish Enterprise has been criticised by a Holyrood Committee for underspending its budget.

Scottish Parliament