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Scotland round-up: Village development at old West Lothian hospital gathers momentum; RTPI president visits Scottish cities

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 20 May-26 May, 2017

Village development at old West Lothian hospital gathers momentum

The prospect of a disused West Lothian psychiatric hospital being redeveloped as a new village has taken a key step forward now that NHS Lothian has appointed agents to market the 87-hectare site.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Greens back living rent for all

The Green Party has outlined a commitment to introduce the living rent for everyone and to build zero-carbon homes.

The Planner

RTPI president saw talent of planners put to diverse use in Scotland

RTPI President Stephen Wilkinson has praised the talent and hard work of planners in Scotland on a recent visit when he witnessed first-hand a range of projects – from inner city regeneration and large-scale housing projects in Glasgow to dark skies-friendly forests in Dumfries and Galloway.


Councillors approve plans for 700 new homes in Perthshire village

Perth and Kinross Council has approved in principle proposals for 700 homes in Scone despite hundreds of objections.

Scottish Housing News

European funds for Edinburgh heritage city project

Conservation charity Edinburgh World Heritage has secured what it calls “significant” European funding for a new project to tackle problems like inappropriate development, poor maintenance and care of historic buildings in private hands and the negative consequences of some aspects of the tourist economy.

BBC News

Jedburgh schools campus plan moves closer

Plans for a new education campus in the Scottish Borders town of Jedburgh have moved a step closer.

BBC News

Back to health for the River Clyde

Investment in the River Clyde has helped to tackle pollution and restore habitats, environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham has confirmed.  

Scottish Government

Heat network in Torry update

Aberdeen City Council has agreed that a full business case should be prepared for the proposed first phase of a heat network in Torry involving 800 homes and public buildings.

Aberdeen City Council

Cumbernauld turns 50

Fifty years ago Princess Margaret opened Scottish new town Cumbernauld’s futuristic town centre, which included what is now accepted as Britain's first shopping centre and the world’s first multi-level covered town centre.

BBC News

Scotland could be getting a new Munro

Scotland could be getting a new Munro after modern technology found that a mountain near to Ben Nevis was 6.6 metres higher than originally thought.

The Scotsman

Protection for living reef

An endangered seabed habitat off the north-west coast has been designated as a Marine Protected Area by the environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

Scottish Government

Community bid for Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital at risk 

The community bid for the Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital has hit a glitch, raising fears the site may yet be sold off to developers.

Edinburgh Evening News

Aberdeen stadium decision delayed by four months for more information

A decision on Aberdeen Football Club’s plans to create a new £50 million football and community sports hub at Kingsford has been delayed, probably until October.

Scottish Construction Now

Walking to school at its lowest for at least eight years

The proportion of Scottish pupils walking to school is at its lowest for at least eight years, suggests a survey by cycling and walking charity Sustrans.

Edinburgh Evening News