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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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No stars or heroes in planning

No stars or heroes in planning

As we cosied up in front of the fire over Christmas, we both read The Planner, a novel by Tom Campbell and, as we look ahead to what 2020 might bring in the world of town planning for us, we thought we’d share our reflections on Tom Campbell’s depiction of our profession.

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Bah humbug!

Bah humbug!

‘Tis the season of Christmas markets and festive spirit.  But, as we touched on in last month’s Spotlights, both Edinburgh and Aberdeen have been called out for not having secured planning permission for their Christmas markets. It may come as a surprise to some that temporary markets require planning permission, but they do; both for the change of use of the land, and for the erection of buildings on it…

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You can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink

You can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink

This month we’re due to attend the second formal pre-application consultation event for the Space Hub Sutherland project - the UK’s first vertical launch facility proposed for the Moine penninsula - giving us cause to reflect on current community engagement processes, and how these might change under the new Planning Act…

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Providing something for everybody... created by everybody

Providing something for everybody... created by everybody

At last month’s Scottish Planning and Environmental Law conference, our director Pippa was delighted to take part in a panel discussion on the implications of the community empowerment agenda for spatial planning. For her part, she argued that community empowerment doesn’t mean only having a say in what should happen where, but also having the power to deliver that development…

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If you go down to the woods today...

If you go down to the woods today...

In our February blog, we drew on our experience of cabin life in Norway. This month, in the last throes of summer, we’re all about glamping! So, what does a good glamping site look like? And what might be expected in planning terms? Read on below to find out more…

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