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Scotland round-up: Towering Glasgow mixed-use commercial scheme proposed; Major indoor arena development unveiled for capital

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 30 November-6 December, 2019

Towering Glasgow mixed-use commercial scheme proposed

Property group Marlebone Ltd has unveiled outline proposals for an expansive office-led mixed-use scheme in Glasgow’s Broomielaw area.

The Planner

Better water management required to make more resilient places

Better management of water through the planning system is vital to making places more resilient to the climate crisis, according to CIRIA, the construction industry research and information association.

The Planner

Rise in energy storage projects, research suggests

The number of planning applications for battery storage projects in the UK continues to increase ‘rapidly’, according to recent research.

The Planner

Major indoor arena development unveiled for capital

Proposals for a new 8,000-seat indoor arena on a site at Straiton on the outskirts of the Edinburgh have surfaced. Plans could also see development of a conference and exhibition centre, retail and leisure space, a cinema and two hotels.

Edinburgh Evening News

Torry tower blocks by River Dee proposed

Officials have recommended approval for 258 new homes in eight tower blocks along the River Dee at Torry proposed by the Aberdeen Harbour Board.

Scottish Housing News

Edinburgh BTR project gets final planning

Build-to-rent (BTR) developer and operator Moda Living has obtained planning permission for the 139-flat final phase of its £215 million Springside development in Edinburgh.

Scottish Construction Now

Go-ahead for Renfrewshire homes

Renfrewshire Council has approved Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s proposed development of 249 new homes at Dargavel Village, Bishopton.

Scottish Construction Now

Inverness hotel approval

Proposals for a 175-bedroom hotel on derelict land by the River Ness that once housed Inverness's swimming baths have been given the go-ahead by the Highland Council.

BBC News

Glasgow Uni’s Gilmorehill campus shapes up

The University of Glasgow has submitted its plans for the next major building, the six-floor Adam Smith Business School and post-graduate teaching hub, to be developed as part of its new £1 billion Gilmorehill campus.

Scottish Construction Now

SNH’s natural capital report

Nature reserves owned by Scottish Natural Heritage generate £28 million worth of climate, tourism, recreation and health benefits a year, reveals research published this week.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Jedburgh demolition row

Campaigners fighting to halt the demolition of a C-Listed historic building in the Scottish Borders town of Jedburgh have accused councillors of making a secretive and hasty decision to pull down the property.

The Scotsman

Kelso school conversion

Proposals that would see an Art Deco former secondary school in Kelso converted into flats for the elderly and new homes have been recommended for approval by Scottish Borders Council officials.

BBC News

Land rights back-up

The Scottish Land Commission has launched a programme of good practice support, backed by a new online resource to help to promote good practice in relation to land rights and responsibilities. It will provide tools and guidance as well as training and support for landowners, land managers, communities and individuals.

Scottish Land Commission

Mea culpa says conservation body over Loch Lomond tree carnage

Scottish Natural Heritage has apologised for killing more than 300 mature beech trees on an island in Loch Lomond following settlement of a long-running dispute with Luss Estates, the owner of Inchtavannach Island.

BBC News

Advice on peat extraction controls

Chief planner John McNairney has written to all the heads of planning in Scotland detailing what powers are available to planning authorities in terms of controlling historical peat extraction sites, following queries during the passage of the latest planning legislation.

Scottish Government

Action plan approved for Glasgow’s St Enoch district

Glasgow City Council has approved the regeneration framework for the St Enoch district and a 10-year action plan.

Glasgow City Council

Energy firm publishes clean power strategy

ScottishPower has announced a new strategy that would see the company develop solar farm arrays and battery storage projects alongside new and existing wind farms.


Consultation begins on how homes should look in 2040

The government has formally started consulting on how the country’s homes and communities should look and feel by 2040 and the options and choices to get there.

Scottish Government