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Aurora Spotlights - February 2021

Aurora Spotlights - February 2021

February may be a short month, but it has not been short on activity, with Regulations being laid in Parliament and withdrawn in quick succession, coronavirus continuing to feature in the world of planning, and RTPI Scotland having been so active that they merit a section all of their own. For more on all of which and more, read on…

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Aurora Spotlights - January 2021

Aurora Spotlights - January 2021

The new year may now seem like a very distant memory but, with this our first Spotlights of 2021, it still seems like a good time to take stock and look ahead to what the coming year might bring. And there is a lot on the horizon, including new regulations, a Scottish Parliament election, and an ongoing need for planning to play its role in addressing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic…

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Aurora Spotlights - December 2020

Aurora Spotlights - December 2020

This month’s Spotlights has been written by our intern Martin, wrapping up what has been an eventful year to say the least (and very much uneventful in another sense!). In this year, there have been significant changes to all aspects of life and the world of planning is no different. For more on this month’s highlights and what we might see in 2021, carry on reading…

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Aurora Spotlights - November 2020

Aurora Spotlights - November 2020

November means World Town Planning Day, with events to mark this taking place across the world. Of course, the coronavirus pandemic means that many of those took a different form than in previous years but, pandemic or not, planning affects many different areas of our lives, in many different ways, throughout the year… And this month has been a particularly busy one!

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Aurora Spotlights - October 2020

Aurora Spotlights - October 2020

With just a few days to go until the US presidential election, it’s hard to avoid any mention of Trump in the news. And this month’s Spotlights is no different, although we’re just looking at his planning interests here! For more on which, and on other planning news from October (including news on the planning status of donkeys!), read on…

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Aurora Spotlights - September 2020

Aurora Spotlights - September 2020

As we move into autumn, we are starting to brace ourselves for the end of the Brexit transition period in just a few months’ time, we have learned that there are sharks in Regents Canal in London, and this all makes us really want a beer! These aren’t just passing observations, but reflect some of the diverse matters having an impact on the built environment this month. For more on which, read on…

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Aurora Spotlights - August 2020

Aurora Spotlights - August 2020

Extreme weather events have again been in the news this month, with some devastating impacts. At the same time, our built environment needs to be resilient not just to a changing climate environmentally, but also socially, economically, and in terms of public health. And of course, planning is central to this. So, for what’s been happening in the world of planning this month, read on…

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Aurora Spotlights - July 2020

Aurora Spotlights - July 2020

Will this be our last lockdown Spotlights?  In line with Scottish Government guidance, working from home continues to be the default position for us, but we will keep this under review when offices are allowed to re-open at the end of this month. Meantime, we’re re-adapting to the lifting of restrictions in all other areas of life, including the re-opening of cafes, bars and shops…

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Aurora Spotlights - June 2020

Aurora Spotlights - June 2020

As lockdown restrictions are now starting to be relaxed, planning has an important role to play in shaping our post-Coronavirus cities. At the same time, as we all adapt to the new normal (however temporary that normal may turn out to be), planning continues to impact on a wide range of matters completely unrelated to Coronavirus. For more on both, read on…

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Aurora Spotlights - May 2020

Aurora Spotlights - May 2020

This is now our third lockdown Spotlights, so the banner image is another home office window view.  And, as readers of our guest blog on home working from earlier this month will know, having a suitable window in any home office space is important!  The continuing impact of coronavirus is also once again very much the focus this month, although there are other things happening as well…

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