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19/08/2016

Scotland round-up: Tram extension mooted under Edinburgh City Deal; Plans for Royal High music school approved by councillors

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 13 August-19 August, 2016

Tram extension mooted under Edinburgh City Deal

Plans to extend the Edinburgh tram system could form part of a multibillion-pound city deal for the Scottish capital.

The Planner 

Infrastructure can be used to unlock housing – RTPI

The ability to unlock large housing developments should be made an explicit criterion in assessing infrastructure, says the RTPI.

The Planner 

Plans for Royal High music school approved by councillors

Plans to transform Edinburgh’s old Royal High into a new home for St Mary’s Music School have been given the go-ahead by the city council. Previous plans to turn the landmark building into a five-star hotel are currently waiting an appeal hearing.

Edinburgh Evening News 

Glasgow to get £6.5m Copenhagen-style cycle route

A revolutionary new cycle route into Glasgow city centre to encourage timid cyclists has won a design contest and £6.5 million funding.

The Scotsman

‘Scotland must end absurdly outdated land ownership system’

Campaigners have urged the administration to stop giving “carte blanche” to industrialists who are buying up vast swathes of Scotland’s countryside and instead bring about more radical land reform that benefits local communities.

Herald Scotland 

Edinburgh science park earmarked for expansion

Expansion plans are being drawn up to secure future growth at the Edinburgh BioQuarter science park.

Edinburgh Evening News 

Electric vehicles could get charging boost

Funding to provide more charging points for electric vehicles across Dundee and on popular commuter routes into the city has been announced.

Dundee City Council

Plans are lodged for controversial housing development for Gullane

Controversial proposals for 150 houses to the south of Gullane are now with East Lothian Council.

East Lothian Courier 

Council to build a 1,000 more new council houses in Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire Council has announced it will build a further 1,000 council homes over the next decade as part of a strategy that will cost nearly £160 million.

North Lanarkshire Council

Wheat grown in urban street corners in Edinburgh

As part of a trial, wheat is being grown in urban street corner plots in Edinburgh for communities to mill and make bread.

BBC News

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