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Aurora Spotlights - November 2018

Aurora Spotlights - November 2018

November is the month of world town planning day (just in case anyone missed it…), the purpose of which is to celebrate planning and the positive role it plays in shaping the places we live.  On which, read on below for our summary of some key planning things to know about from this month…

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Aurora Spotlights - October 2018

Aurora Spotlights - October 2018

With Halloween coming up tomorrow, surely the one question on every planner’s mind is how do we plan good places for going guising???  For the answer to this and other planning highlights, read on below…

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Aurora Spotlights - September 2018

Aurora Spotlights - September 2018

In a month when Storm Ali caused significant disruption to travel across the UK, the question of how we plan for a changing climate is increasingly coming to the fore, as is the role of sustainable transport within that.  Pertinent to this, our September Spotlights looks at progress of the Transport (Scotland) Bill and the legal challenge facing the proposed new third runway at Heathrow, along with other key things that have been happening in planning this month, irrespective of the weather…

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Aurora Spotlights - August 2018

Aurora Spotlights - August 2018

In the month when the second stretch of the Aberdeen bypass was opened to traffic, cyclists have been invited to register to cycle along an 18km closed-loop on the weekend of September 8/9.   For which, our director Pippa spent the first weekend of this month cycling a tandem from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, but the other half of the team is out of the country for the event (cycling up Mont Ventoux!).  So, applications to temporarily fill the co-pilot role are now open!

Meantime, for other things that have been in the news this month, read on below….

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Aurora Spotlights - July 2018

Aurora Spotlights - July 2018

In our March Spotlights, we were snowed in and reflecting on how different countries managed their snow clearing processes; now we’re in the midst of a heatwave.  That brings new challenges in terms of climate change adaptation and the need to tailor our infrastructure to ensure water supplies are maintained, update our housing stock to not just retain heat but also incorporate cooling mechanisms, and manage our land very differently.  And apparently this year is just the start of many a long hot summer to come…  

But for what’s hot in planning this month read on below…

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Aurora Spotlights - June 2018

Aurora Spotlights - June 2018

Aurora Planning is now one year old, having celebrated our first birthday on the 13th of June!  We can’t believe how much has happened over the course of this year, and are very much looking forward to many more years ahead.  In relation to which, read on below for our Spotlights marking the start of year two…

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Aurora Spotlights - May 2018

Aurora Spotlights - May 2018

This month’s spotlights have been co-written by Lisa Crossan, who recently joined Aurora Planning for a four-week internship.  We’re delighted to welcome Lisa to the team, and to have her input in all aspects of Aurora’s work.  And so, without further ado, read on below to see what Lisa has picked out as particular highlights this month…

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Aurora Spotlights - April 2018

Aurora Spotlights - April 2018

It’s beginning to feel like spring might finally be in the air and we can start thinking about enjoying some more time outdoors again. On which, an update on the ever-growing hutting movement was a highlight of the Easter weekend reading list, with a summary of recent changes that will hopefully make it possible for many more people to enjoy the peace and beauty of the natural world; a great example of the power of planning policy!  Meantime, for other recent planning highlights, read on below…  

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Aurora Spotlights - March 2018

Aurora Spotlights - March 2018

Reflecting on a week in which heavy snow brought much of Scotland to a standstill, and how other countries plan for this, International Women’s Day yesterday found us reading about how Canada is looking at how to make their snow clearing policy gender balanced (something that is already done in Stockholm and other Scandinavian cities). Certainly some food for thought. Meanwhile, nothing in planning stands still for long so, for this month’s spotlights, read on…

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Aurora Spotlights – February 2018

Aurora Spotlights – February 2018

This is the first of our ‘Aurora Spotlights’ bulletins, in which we shine a light on some of the key planning matters in Scotland each month, including new legislation or guidance, consultations, significant current planning applications and recent appeal decisions, and upcoming events.

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