We are delighted to welcome our former intern Martin Walker back to share some insights on how the planning profession is perceived by his peers, and how to attract more young people into this. As Martin highlights, there is scope for people from a wide range of backgrounds to contribute to the planning system and, in doing so, address many of the issues that are important to his generation.
Drawing on their own experiences, Andy and Rebecca from LivShare Housing & Consultancy support organisations to deliver shared housing solutions for people on low incomes - here, they explain the important role that shared housing can play in the housing market, some of the challenges associated with that, and why we should now be looking more positively at purpose-built shared housing….
Having now been working with us for a few weeks, our intern Martin has been reflecting on the values which are important to the planning profession in practice. This has also been interesting for us as an insight into how our values are perceived by others, and we pride ourselves on the fact that these can clearly be seen to inform the work we do. On which, over to Martin!
In July, we mentioned that our Director Maggie had been getting some insight into anticipated planning reforms in England through her role as a member of the British Chamber of Commerce’s expert planning panel. Now, we are delighted to be able to share some of that insight with this blog from one of Maggie’s fellow panel members, Amanda Beresford, Partner and Head of Planning at Schofield Sweeney LLP…
We often describe planning as being more of an art than a science and so, for an insight into the planning decision making process, including what can sometimes be a tussle for Councillors between the heart and the head, we are delighted this month to have a guest blog from a former committee clerk. Here are his reflections from 3 years in a planning committee clerk’s chair.
This month, we’re delighted to have a very pertinent guest blog from Richard Slater, the current president of the Aberdeen Society of Architects, taking a look at what we need to work from home effectively, and how such spaces might be designed into new homes in the future. Wherever you’re reading this from, check out what he has to say!
This month’s blog has been written by our former intern Negar Maydanchi, who came to work with us for a month earlier this summer and, we’re delighted to say, has since been offered a job as a planner. Before starting her new job though, Negar has been visiting family in Iran, and has shared her reflections on what shopping centres here in the UK might learn from the traditional bazaars there.
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.
Regular readers will know that over the summer we took on an intern, Lisa Cossan, to work with us for a few weeks. Lisa has now moved on to get some experience at the opposite end of the organisational size spectrum at Aberdeen City Council but, whilst between jobs, she prepared the following blog on what she learnt from her time at Aurora Planning. It’s a great summary of some of the transferable skills that we believe every planner needs, as well as demonstrating John Keats’ maxim that, “Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced”.
This month our guest blogger is our intern Lisa Crossan who, continuing our Alice in Wonderland theme, tells us in her own words why she wanted to become a planner. It’s great that she’s been so inspired by her environment and wanting to make a positive difference to people’s lives within this, which is exactly what we believe planning should be about. We’re just hoping that a rather hectic month in the Aurora Planning office hasn’t put her off…!