Scotland’s first eco-friendly village is set to be built on the outskirts of Glasgow.The pioneering development would see a low-carbon village called Polnoon created near Eaglesham, in East Renfrewshire.The Scottish Government has worked with developers on the design of the community, which they are dubbing the “conservation area of tomorrow”.Polnoon will have 121 homes and interconnected shared areas such as a central square, lanes and courts, which designers say will make better use of space and encourage residents to walk and cycle.
One in four species of wild flower in Scotland is under threat according to the campaign group Plantlife Scotland. Among those flowers most at risk are the corn marigold, heath cudweed, and the lesser butterfly orchid. The group said the most significant declines are taking place in uplands and farmlands.
Recently, the Scottish Government released a report completed by Douglas Wheeler Associates With Ann Flint Associates, Austin-Smith: Lord Edinburgh College of Art (School of Architecture-ScotMark). The report was commissioned to investigate the barriers to mixed use development in Scotland.
The report developed several recommendations with numerous suggestions on how they could be achieved. The recommendations included
clearer definition of mixed use development;
government to be proactive in promoting mixed use development;
training of local government officers and giving the public and officers good resources and tools including a series of good case studies;
Government to encourage new pilot schemes and use the Scottish Sustainable Communities for as an intervention for pilot schemes between local planning authorities and developers.
The report also stated
Planning reform in Scotland presents an ideal opportunity to put in place appropriate interventions to deliver more and better quality mixed use development and this will require appropriate skills. In the current economic downturn there are likely to be very significant opportunities to stimulate and deliver appropriate mixed use development using new kinds of ‘delivery models’. Local planning authorities in Scotland could adopt a more proactive role to sponsor, pilot, promote and deliver mixed use development projects.
Scotland has seen had a lot of green news this week with the National Parks Report being released, which recommends the reducing the numbers of members of the authority and setting up a short term National Parks Strategy Group. The government also earmarked £1m for a makeover of Urban Woods including upgrading trails and planting new trees(from The Herald). Aberdeen saw the official opening of the Scottish European Green Energy Centre(SEGEC) which will focus on marine energy, offshore wind, long distance super grid development and smart distribution grids, carbon capture and storage, renewable heat and energy efficiency.