Blog and Bulletins Archive

Choose your battles wisely

Choose your battles wisely

This time last year, our director Maggie took part in the Culloden Cycle Challenge, starting at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre. Unfortunately, planning can also often feel like a battle, with high stacks on both sides. On which, we look at what lessons might be learned from Culloden to ease the pain in these planning ‘battles’…

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Aurora Spotlights - September 2018

Aurora Spotlights - September 2018

In a month when Storm Ali caused significant disruption to travel across the UK, the question of how we plan for a changing climate is increasingly coming to the fore, as is the role of sustainable transport within that.  Pertinent to this, our September Spotlights looks at progress of the Transport (Scotland) Bill and the legal challenge facing the proposed new third runway at Heathrow, along with other key things that have been happening in planning this month, irrespective of the weather…

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V&A Dundee - Jam tomorrow

V&A Dundee - Jam tomorrow

The V&A, which opens this weekend, has certainly created a positive buzz about Dundee, but what does it really mean for the city? Read on to find out more and why, in the words of Alice in Wonderland, “there will be jam tomorrow”…

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SPEL 2018 Conference

SPEL 2018 Conference

Our director Pippa is very much looking forward to attending this years Scottish Planning and Environmental Law conference in Edinburgh, where she will be speaking about community empowerment and community rights to buy, with a particular focus on new provisions on acquiring abandoned and neglected land, and other routes to bring land back into active use. 

For further details and how to book, please read on…

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Aurora Spotlights - August 2018

Aurora Spotlights - August 2018

In the month when the second stretch of the Aberdeen bypass was opened to traffic, cyclists have been invited to register to cycle along an 18km closed-loop on the weekend of September 8/9.   For which, our director Pippa spent the first weekend of this month cycling a tandem from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, but the other half of the team is out of the country for the event (cycling up Mont Ventoux!).  So, applications to temporarily fill the co-pilot role are now open!

Meantime, for other things that have been in the news this month, read on below….

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Planning for real – Lisa’s lessons from Aurora Planning work experience

Planning for real – Lisa’s lessons from Aurora Planning work experience

Regular readers will know that over the summer we took on an intern, Lisa Cossan, to work with us for a few weeks.  Lisa has now moved on to get some experience at the opposite end of the organisational size spectrum at Aberdeen City Council but, whilst between jobs, she prepared the following blog on what she learnt from her time at Aurora Planning.  It’s a great summary of some of the transferable skills that we believe every planner needs, as well as demonstrating John Keats’ maxim that, “Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced”.

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Aurora Spotlights - July 2018

Aurora Spotlights - July 2018

In our March Spotlights, we were snowed in and reflecting on how different countries managed their snow clearing processes; now we’re in the midst of a heatwave.  That brings new challenges in terms of climate change adaptation and the need to tailor our infrastructure to ensure water supplies are maintained, update our housing stock to not just retain heat but also incorporate cooling mechanisms, and manage our land very differently.  And apparently this year is just the start of many a long hot summer to come…  

But for what’s hot in planning this month read on below…

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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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