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Laing O’Rourke set for new chairman

Laing O’Rourke set for new chairman

Outgoing Anglo American chairman Sir John Parker is to take up the chairman’s role at Laing O’Rourke, the firm has revealed. Sir John, 75, said he would take up the position later this year after stepping down from the chairman’s role at Anglo American plc. In the interim, he would “familiarise himself with key projects(…)

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Responses to planning system consultation published

Responses to planning system consultation published

The Scottish Government has published the responses to its consultation on proposals for transforming the planning system. A total of 450 submitted responses are available to view from respondents who gave permission for their correspondence to be made public. Opening the consultation in January, the Scottish Government set out 20 proposals for revamping the system, which it said(…)

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Rise in Scottish residential planning approvals

Rise in Scottish residential planning approvals

New figures have revealed an 8% rise in the number of approved residential units in Scotland. In its new report, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) revealed planning permission was granted for 293,127 new homes across Great Britain. In Scotland, the number of approved residential units increased from 19,300 in 2015 to 20,914 this year. Overall,(…)

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Aberdeenshire launches consultation on developer obligations

Aberdeenshire launches consultation on developer obligations

The public are being asked for their say on proposed changes to how Aberdeenshire Council calculates developer obligations. Launched as the local authority adopted its Local Development Plan (LDP) last week, the eight-week public consultation is set to help assess the level of proportional contributions required towards developer contributions and affordable housing. Making their recommendations(…)

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Building Briefs – April 25th

Building Briefs – April 25th

Plans submitted for long-abandoned East Ayrshire coal mine The restoration of a former East Ayrshire surface coal mine is a step closer following the submission of a restoration proposal by Banks Mining. The firm has now lodged its restoration proposal with East Ayrshire Council, outlining its ambitions for the site which has remained unrestored since(…)

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