February 29 2008
A look at some of the top stories in this week's Scottish press:
CBI Scotland director Iain McMillan was quoted in The Scotsman newspaper saying that the current planning system was “shocking” and that delays were costing the Scottish economy an estimated £600 million a year.
Education minister Fiona Hyslop has announced plans for the Architecture and Design Scotland Schools Programme, a government-funded design programme that will give councils access to specialist advice on school building projects, and which aims to make schools across the country look fit for the twenty first century (The Herald).
St James Centre architects BDP are to open a new office in Multrees Walk in Edinburgh, close to the site of the £850 million redevelopment (The Scotsman).
Stranraer has been named as one of the 16 locations across the country, and the only location in Scotland, to be granted approval for a resort casino, while plans for the Manchester “supercasino” have been dropped (The Herald).
Stewart Milne Group has made a shortlist of five organisations to build a 450-home “zero carbon” development in Peterborough as part of English Partnerships’ Carbon Challenge (The Scotsman).
According to government figures, house prices are now six times the salary of the average Scot, at £137, 192 and a median salary of £22,261 (The Herald).
Donald Trump has said that he will not give up his hopes of building his £1 billion golf resort in Scotland despite the Scottish Government’s decision to hold a public inquiry into the plans (The Scotsman).
Plans for a £25 million private hospital were announced by Spire Healthcare, owner of Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Hospital, to create a 15-bed facility on a site at Shawfair Park in Midlothian (The Herald).
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