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Aurora Spotlights - March 2019

Aurora Spotlights - March 2019

With Spring now officially underway and the prospect of longer warmer days ahead, many people will be looking forward to spending more time out of doors.  But the promise offered in the Planning Bill of a statutory requirement for local authorities to have up-to-date open space strategies which would deliver high quality open spaces for all to enjoy may need to wait for another day…

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Aurora Spotlights - February 2019

Aurora Spotlights - February 2019

February has been a month of extreme temperatures for us, from -18 degrees in Norway (for more on which see below) to +18 in Aberdeen earlier this week - which definitely sounds like the subject for a blog for the future….  But meanwhile, for some of this month’s planning highlights, read on…  

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Aurora Spotlights - January 2019

Aurora Spotlights - January 2019

This time last year, we issued our first ever blog! Now, turning our attention to the new year ahead, there’s a great deal on the horizon that we’re looking forward to… And, to kick things off, here’s our summary of some of the key planning matters from month one.

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Aurora Spotlights - December 2018

Aurora Spotlights - December 2018

It’s that time of year when the main thing on most people’s minds seems to be planning for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing happening in the world of town planning at the same time.  For some planning highlights amongst the Christmas lights from the past month, read on below…  

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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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