Blog and Bulletins Archive

Make places not war

Make places not war

We recently had the pleasure of supporting JHPlanning’s conference on the implications of community asset transfer for property and planning professionals, which generated some great discussion on how community ownership of land and buildings can contribute to better placemaking. For a summary of some of the ideas put forward, read on below…

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Aurora Spotlights - June 2018

Aurora Spotlights - June 2018

Aurora Planning is now one year old, having celebrated our first birthday on the 13th of June!  We can’t believe how much has happened over the course of this year, and are very much looking forward to many more years ahead.  In relation to which, read on below for our Spotlights marking the start of year two…

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Which way ought I to go from here?

Which way ought I to go from here?

This month our guest blogger is our intern Lisa Crossan who, continuing our Alice in Wonderland theme, tells us in her own words why she wanted to become a planner.  It’s great that she’s been so inspired by her environment and wanting to make a positive difference to people’s lives within this, which is exactly what we believe planning should be about. We’re just hoping that a rather hectic month in the Aurora Planning office hasn’t put her off…!

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Planning Bill – Stage 1 report and recommendations

Planning Bill – Stage 1 report and recommendations

The Local Government and Communities Committee published its Stage 1 Report on the Planning (Scotland) Bill on 17 May, setting out their recommendations on the Bill to the Scottish Parliament. This is the culmination of the Committee’s deliberations on evidence presented to it from a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in the planning system in response to the Bill, the Stage 1 debate on which will take place in Parliament today (29 May).  And so, ahead of that debate, we wanted to share some of our thoughts on the Committee’s recommendations. 

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Aurora Spotlights - May 2018

Aurora Spotlights - May 2018

This month’s spotlights have been co-written by Lisa Crossan, who recently joined Aurora Planning for a four-week internship.  We’re delighted to welcome Lisa to the team, and to have her input in all aspects of Aurora’s work.  And so, without further ado, read on below to see what Lisa has picked out as particular highlights this month…

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Community Asset Transfer - Implications for property and planning

Community Asset Transfer - Implications for property and planning

We’re delighted to have been asked to support JHPlanning in delivering this half-day conference on 12 June on property and planning implications of Community Asset Transfer…

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ACVO Lunch and Learn - 10 May 2018

ACVO Lunch and Learn - 10 May 2018

Having recently joined the ACVO affiliates scheme, we’re excited to be offering a lunch and learn event at their offices on Thursday 10 May, giving an overview of the planning system and how people can engage and get their voices heard in this, as well as accessing support for taking forward community led development through community asset transfer and more…

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Aurora Spotlights - April 2018

Aurora Spotlights - April 2018

It’s beginning to feel like spring might finally be in the air and we can start thinking about enjoying some more time outdoors again. On which, an update on the ever-growing hutting movement was a highlight of the Easter weekend reading list, with a summary of recent changes that will hopefully make it possible for many more people to enjoy the peace and beauty of the natural world; a great example of the power of planning policy!  Meantime, for other recent planning highlights, read on below…  

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We're all mad here: Damian Bates' observations on the planning system

We're all mad here: Damian Bates' observations on the planning system

We’re delighted to introduce our first guest blogger – Damian Bates, former Editor-in-Chief at Aberdeen Journals.  Following many years of reporting on planning in Aberdeen, Damian offers his observations on the Scottish planning system.  When he sent us a draft of this to review, his covering email was entitled “mad and crazy”; we weren’t quite sure if that was a reference to his writing or to the system he is writing about.  But he certainly provides food for thought!  For which, read on below… 

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Aurora Spotlights - March 2018

Aurora Spotlights - March 2018

Reflecting on a week in which heavy snow brought much of Scotland to a standstill, and how other countries plan for this, International Women’s Day yesterday found us reading about how Canada is looking at how to make their snow clearing policy gender balanced (something that is already done in Stockholm and other Scandinavian cities). Certainly some food for thought. Meanwhile, nothing in planning stands still for long so, for this month’s spotlights, read on…

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