Ryden | Planning

Ryden’s Planning team has secured a S42 planning permission from Angus Council for the redevelopment of Strathmartine Hospital on the northern edge of Dundee.

This follows a long and complicated past planning history for the redevelopment of the site, finally resulting in a permission after many months of detailed dialogue between the developer, Chamberlain Bell, and the planning authority.

It will see the derelict hospital site transformed with Listed Buildings converted into townhouses, a range of new build private houses as well as on-site affordable housing for a total of 224 units.

The permission follows a previous consent granted after a call in appeal by Scottish Ministers and was unanimously approved at a full Angus Council meeting. Chamberlain Bell is also the developer behind the redevelopment of the Little Cairnie Hospital in Arbroath.

The front section of the former Aberdeen Exhibition And Conference Centre could be transformed for retail use and a foodbank as part of proposals from new owners King’s Community Church.

Earlier this year the religious organisation acquired this part of the disused site, including its observation tower, from the city council in a deal worth almost £1.8 million.

Ryden has submitted a planning application to Aberdeen City Council to formally change the allocated use for part of the Bridge of Don site, Balgownie One, which sits behind of the former entrance for the AECC.

Currently designated as a six-floor office block, the application proposes that only one floor of it will be retained for this purpose.

Ryden Planning has submitted an application on behalf of the University of Aberdeen in relation to a new development at King’s Quarter (King’s College). This is an application for full planning permission and listed building consent for a new teaching and learning hall in the north courtyard of the College.

King’s College is part of the Old Aberdeen Campus and remains the symbolic centre of the University. The proposal aims to deliver transformational teaching and learning spaces in Old Aberdeen, providing high quality and adaptable teaching environment suitable for multiple schools. The programme will also revitalise the historic buildings at the heart of King’s College.


On behalf of , Ryden Planning has submitted an application for Planning Permission for a new drive-thru restaurant at the newly formed New Craigie Retail Park, Dundee.

This proposal is one of a number of commercial and employment uses supported by Dundee City Council through the granting of Planning Permission in Principle for a mixed-use masterplan on the site of the former East Kingsway Works. Ryden delivered this permission on behalf of landowner I & H Brown Ltd.

Other developments which have also come forward from that masterplan include a Lidl GB foodstore, which Ryden helped deliver and a number of industrial units.

This project is delivering economic development and local job opportunities on a site which had lain vacant for nearly 20 years and at a time when development delivery has arguably never been more important.

Aberdeen City Council has approved plans to re-configure The East Neuk bar on King Street, Aberdeen into two residential flats. Ryden Planning submitted the planning application on behalf of Drumrossie Land Development Co Ltd.

The former pub will become a one-bedroom flat accessed from the rear of the property, and a three-bedroom flat, with the entrance at the front. This project was backed by the Grampian Housing Association

According to the Planning documents, the external appearance of the building will remain largely unchanged from the existing pub.

The East Neuk closed in 2016 and had opened 111 years before, in 1905.



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On Friday 22 May the Cairngorms National Park Authority granted planning permission for strengthening works for the Cairngorm Funicular viaduct. Acting on behalf of Highlands & Islands Enterprise and working with a team of specialist consultants, our Glasgow Planning team has provided strategic and detailed planning advice on this complex project, which is the UK’s highest railway.

The Cairngorm funicular, closed since September 2018 due to structural problems,  was opened in 2001 at a final cost of £26m, connects a base station with a restaurant and wider ski centre, 1,097m (3,599ft) up Cairn Gorm mountain near Aviemore.

Ryden’s planning team has just submitted a planning application to City of Edinburgh Council for the new Innis & Gunn Brewery on behalf of Innis & Gunn and Heriot-Watt University. This is a major milestone and is for what will be the first new brewery in the city for 150 years.

The brewery will be built to meet the rising demand for Innis & Gunn’s award-winning beers, and it is anticipated that up to 30 new jobs will be created, with Innis & Gunn’s existing 45 office based team relocating from offices in Edinburgh’s Randolph Crescent.

Ryden has also provided planning consultancy input for the new Strategic Campuswide Masterplan, The National Robotarium planning application and previously delivered consent for the award winning GRID Building at the Riccarton Campus that opened last year.


GRID Building Heriot Watt University

GRID Building. Image courtesy of Sheppard Robson Architects.


National Robatarium. Image courtesy of Michael Laird Architects.

On behalf of the University of Aberdeen, Ryden Planning has submitted applications for Planning Permission and Conservation Area Consent for the former Johnston Halls of Residence in Old Aberdeen, which have been vacant for a number of years and are no longer suitable as student residences.

The University of Aberdeen Business School is currently dispersed around the existing Campus, and the intention of the university is to repurpose an existing resource to create a new ‘purpose built’ Business School.

These proposals involve the demolition of the existing refectory building and its replacement, on the same footprint, with a new pavilion housing reception and teaching facilities. Extensive refurbishment and change of use are also proposed for the adjacent Halls of Residence to provide office accommodation for staff and students.

Additionally, the project involves improved landscaping and public realm works.

Image courtesy of Reiach and Hall Architects.

Acting on behalf of Highlands & Islands Enterprise, our Glasgow planning team has submitted the Cairngorm Funicular planning application to The Highland Council. They have worked to provide strategic planning advice on this complex project, which is the UK’s highest railway.

The Cairngorm funicular has been closed since September 2018 due to structural problems, and planning permission has been sought for the installation of supports to strengthen the funicular.

The railway, which was opened in 2001 at a final cost of £26m, connects a base station with a restaurant and wider ski centre, 1,097m (3,599ft) up Cairn Gorm mountain near Aviemore, Scotland.

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Glasgow’s planning team secured a major planning permission on behalf of Arnold Clark for a new Harry Fairbairn BMW / MINI showroom at a 3.6ha site in Hillington Park. This development is a significant economic investment and will create 131 FTE jobs.

Image Credit: Taylor Design Architects