Blog and Bulletins Archive

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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Planning for chickens - a poultry matter?

Planning for chickens - a poultry matter?

Having recently adopted three chickens and built a run for them, the first question anyone who sees this asks is “do you have planning permission for that?”  Read on for the answer…

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Aurora Spotlights – February 2018

Aurora Spotlights – February 2018

This is the first of our ‘Aurora Spotlights’ bulletins, in which we shine a light on some of the key planning matters in Scotland each month, including new legislation or guidance, consultations, significant current planning applications and recent appeal decisions, and upcoming events.

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Planning (Scotland) Bill - Last call for evidence

Planning (Scotland) Bill - Last call for evidence

With a week left to respond to the call for evidence on the Planning (Scotland) Bill, this is the last opportunity to shape the Scottish planning system into one that really delivers for us all.  On which, we wanted to briefly summarise our thoughts on the questions that the call for evidence asks (or some of them at least!).

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New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions

Hello and welcome to aurora planning! Having established ourselves as town and country planning advisors in 2017, with years of experience behind us, we would like to share some of our knowledge more widely through a monthly blog, of which this is the first.

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