This time last year, our May Spotlights was co-written by our intern Lisa Crossan. This year, we’re delighted to welcome another new face to the team, graduate planner Negar Maydanchi who is assisting us for four weeks. So below is Negar’s pick of what’s of interest this month.
A couple of years ago, a friend of ours set up home on a canal boat in Edinburgh, making us look at Scotland’s canals in a new light. And we’re not the only ones to have done that. After a period of post-industrial decline, these once important shipping routes are now increasingly valued again as places for people to live, work and play, and for their contribution to wider regeneration and placemaking.
April marks the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden and, with the National Trust for Scotland consulting on what new development (if any) would be acceptable near the site, and the Scottish Battlefields Trust suggesting that the land should be bought on “behalf of the nation” to safeguard it from any future development, we’re reminded of how often planning can feel like a battle for both developers and communities…
Given that the Planning (Scotland) Bill appears to have stalled in its passage through the Scottish Parliament, we thought that it would be interesting to consider how the scrutiny of legislation works in Scotland. So, this month we have a guest blog from Professor Hugh Bochel (yes, he is related!), who has a particular research interest in the workings of Scottish Parliament committees.
An introduction to the Planning (Scotland) Bill
Tuesday 16th April, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce Property Network, 11.45am to 2pm, Spaces, Marischal Square, Aberdeen
With Spring now officially underway and the prospect of longer warmer days ahead, many people will be looking forward to spending more time out of doors. But the promise offered in the Planning Bill of a statutory requirement for local authorities to have up-to-date open space strategies which would deliver high quality open spaces for all to enjoy may need to wait for another day…
The power of architecture to effect is reported extensively in respect of the Guggenheim museum building in Bilbao and, on the opening of the V&A in Dundee in September last year, comparisons with Bilbao were inevitably drawn. That said, a single iconic building shouldn’t be relied upon to be the catalyst for regeneration on its own.
February has been a month of extreme temperatures for us, from -18 degrees in Norway (for more on which see below) to +18 in Aberdeen earlier this week - which definitely sounds like the subject for a blog for the future…. But meanwhile, for some of this month’s planning highlights, read on…
Last month we went to Norway, where we spent some of our time reflecting on what the thousand huts campaign could learn from the long tradition of cabin living there, as well as being treated to some incredible aurora displays!
This time last year, we issued our first ever blog! Now, turning our attention to the new year ahead, there’s a great deal on the horizon that we’re looking forward to… And, to kick things off, here’s our summary of some of the key planning matters from month one.