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Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

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!

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All change for better places

All change for better places

As 2019 gets underway, it’s a good time to look ahead to what changes the new year might bring… One hot topic is of course the Planning Bill but, even for planners, this is not the only thing to look out for!  On which, we take a look at the relationship between the planning system, land ownership, and land-use decision making in the context of making better use of land in and around the places we live.

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“There’s more to getting to where you're going than just knowing there's a road.” Joan Lowery Nixon

“There’s more to getting to where you're going than just knowing there's a road.” Joan Lowery Nixon

It’s been a long time coming, but finally the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) is opening this week, well most of it anyway… But what does the AWPR actually mean for Aberdeen and the wider north east? 

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Planning Bill - Stage 2 Amendments

Planning Bill - Stage 2 Amendments

Following this month’s completion of stage 2 of the Planning (Scotland) Bill, we look at some of the key changes to have come out of this…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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