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Happy campers

Happy campers

In last month’s blog we looked at some of the planning challenges arising from the increasing demand for short term let holiday accommodation, but there are of course other ways to enjoy your holiday in the UK this summer, including camping and motorhoming.

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We're all goin' on a summer holiday

We're all goin' on a summer holiday

With the summer months now well and truly upon us, and foreign travel still subject to restrictions and uncertainties, it seems that record numbers of people in the UK are looking to spend their holidays on our own shores. The level of interest in second homes and rental properties in popular holiday spots does though raise some particular planning challenges…

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Democracy is not a spectator sport

Democracy is not a spectator sport

The filmmaker Micheal Moore has been quoted as saying  that “Democracy is not a spectator sport,  it’s a participatory event. If we don’t participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy.”   Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, democracy at all levels has been put to the test, and the planning process has not been immune from the democratic challenges posed by this…

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The ghosts of planning - past, present and future

The ghosts of planning - past, present and future

While we would definitely not characterise the planning system as a Scrooge, recent proposals for reform have been underpinned by a belief that the system is failing to deliver the development that it should, and is somewhat miserly in that regard. So, getting into the festive spirit with Dickens’ three Christmas ghosts, here are some reflections on planning past, present and future…

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Sowing the seeds

Sowing the seeds

Recently, there has been a surge of interest in opportunities for people to grow their own food and, with that, demand for structures such as sheds, greenhouses and polytunnels to support this. The question that then arises is whether planning permission is required for any of this, and what might be done in planning terms to encourage more food growing?  

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Rising from the ashes

Rising from the ashes

With many (but not all) city centre businesses now reopening, we got some insight into the issues facing Business Improvement Districts and how these might be addressed when we caught up with Aberdeen Inspired’s Adrian Watson… And the good news is that, with a combination of partnership working, innovative thinking, and culture change, there seems to be a positive future for BIDs and our city centres. 

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A tale of two cities

A tale of two cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” The current Covid-19 crisis may not be the best of times for anyone but, like that being described by Dickens in his tale of two cities, it is undeniably a time of controversy and contradiction.So how might our cities - the current, and the post Covid-19 - compare?

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Going viral

Going viral

It is impossible to ignore the impact that coronavirus is having on all our lives, and the planning system has a role to play in supporting people and businesses through this pandemic. Given how much many of us use technology to do our jobs, keep in touch with family and friends, and keep ourselves entertained, we particularly wondered what Smart Cities might have to offer…

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The art of flood defence

The art of flood defence

The first couple of months of this year saw a number of major flood events making headline news and, when we caught up with a friend who was involved in the design of the Perth flood protection scheme earlier this week, this got us thinking about what can be learned from experiences there and applied to new projects to ensure that they make a positive contribution to the urban realm in which they are installed.

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Family planning

Family planning

Having given birth to a daughter at the beginning of this year, I find myself wondering about the world she will grow up in, the challenges facing this, and what planning might do to address some of these…  In particular, it is impossible to ignore the climate crisis we’re facing, amongst other issues. So, what role can (and should) planning play in all this?

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