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Scotland round-up: Waverley Station masterplan concept unveiled; No call-in for Sutherland spaceport

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 1 August-7 August, 2020

Waverley Station masterplan concept unveiled

Designs for transforming Waverley Station in Edinburgh have been unveiled this week by partners Network Rail, the Scottish Government and the city council.

The Planner

Year-on-year decline in construction contract awards

Based on a three-month rolling average, the value of construction contract awards in June was £2.2 billion – 57.3 per cent lower than the same month in June 2019.

The Planner

No call-in for Sutherland spaceport

Scottish ministers have decided not to call in plans for a satellite launch site in the Highlands on peatland near Tongue in Sutherland.

BBC News

Major Elgin residential-led development

Moray Council and Grampian Housing Association have published proposals to build a sustainable residential development for social rent in Elgin. The scheme would include a mix of 200 houses, bungalows and cottage flats as well as a care village set in communal green spaces and parkland.

Scottish Construction Now

Lerwick housing 

Hjaltland Housing Association has submitted proposals for 124 new homes in Lerwick to Shetland Islands Council.

Scottish Construction Now

Iona green energy initiative

The tiny island of Iona is to benefit from a renewable energy project, which will pump hot water from under ground to supply the historic abbey, as well as schools, a village hall, homes and businesses.

Glasgow Herald

Lanarkshire land buyout

A community group in Lanarkshire plans to restore and develop a recreation area after securing the largest urban land buyout in Scotland involving 70 hectares bankrolled by the Scottish Land Fund. 

Glasgow Herald

Dundee office conversion

A project to convert the B-listed former Department for Work and Pensions building on Dundee’s waterfront at Gellatly Street into 38 flats has been approved by the city council.

Scottish Housing News

More Milltimber homes

CALA Homes (North) has submitted a planning application to Aberdeen City Council for 85 homes, the third phase of its Oldfold Village development in Milltimber. 

Scottish Housing News

Giffnock and Kirkintilloch rated as top commuter towns

Giffnock and Kirkintilloch, two Scottish suburban towns, have been named the most desirable places to live in the UK for the post-Covid-19 commuter, according to a study from Garrington Property Finders.

Glasgow Herald

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park housing sites marketed

Six sites in or close to the conservation village of Luss have been brought to market within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. They have the potential to provide 29 new homes, some of which could be self-build properties.

Scottish Housing News

Linking up Dalry and Fountainbridge by foot and bike

Edinburgh City Council was expected this week to approve a multimillion-pound project to transform walking and cycling connections between Dalry and Fountainbridge with an off-road cycle way, new footpaths and the planting of nearly 5,000 trees along the corridor.

Edinburgh City Council

Landscape sensitivity assessment consultation

SNH has begun consulting on draft guidance for landscape sensitivity assessments. 

Scottish Natural Heritage

Thumbs down for Kirkaldy waterfront scheme

Fife Council has rejected proposals for a multimillion-pound mixed-use waterfront development at the western end of the Kirkcaldy Esplanade involving 55 flats as well as commercial units.

Scottish Construction Now

Funding agreed for Glasgow rail station refurb

Glasgow City Council has approved up to £10 million funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal for the planned refurbishment of the High Street rail station on the North Clyde line.

Scottish Construction Now