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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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Planning Bill - Stage 3 Amendments

Planning Bill - Stage 3 Amendments

Despite much speculation on the future of the Planning (Scotland) Bill following Stage 2 of the Parliamentary process, the Bill is now proceeding to Stage 3 with three days of debate over more than 150 amendments scheduled to take place this week.  Read on for our observations on just a few of the amendments of particular interest to us.

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Creating ripples along the canal

Creating ripples along the canal

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.

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