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Aurora Spotlights - March 2020

Aurora Spotlights - March 2020

It’s incredible how our whole world can change in the space of a few weeks – this time last month, Covid-19 was something that we read about in the news, now it is something that has directly affected how we all live and work.  Covid-19 also has significant implications for planning, and so this is the inevitable focus of this month’s Spotlights.    

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Aurora Spotlights - January 2020

Aurora Spotlights - January 2020

While we’re almost at the end of the first month of 2020 already, we’re still in new year mode, and looking ahead to what this holds for planning…  Perhaps most notably, there’s the ongoing implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act, but there is a lot else as well.  For some of this month’s key highlights, read on below!

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Aurora Spotlights - December 2019

Aurora Spotlights - December 2019

As we approach the shortest day of the year, our thoughts very much turn to cosying up by the fire in a nice warm home and keeping the winter weather at bay…  These being everyday concerns, in which planning has a significant role to play!  For some examples of which plus other planning matters from this past month, read on…

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Aurora Spotlights - November 2019

Aurora Spotlights - November 2019

On the 8th November, Presidents and Chairs of town planning associations across the world marked the 70th anniversary of World Town Planning Day by calling on planners to continue to champion the causes of equity, diversity and inclusivity in their work. Meantime, on what has been happening in planning in practice this month, read on below…

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Aurora Spotlights - October 2019

Aurora Spotlights - October 2019

All planning matters aside, the thing we are probably most excited about this month is our logo having been given a Halloween makeover – check it out at the end!  But, before we too don our witches’ outfits, here is a summary of what’s been happening in the much less spooky realm of planning this month…

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Aurora Spotlights - September 2019

Aurora Spotlights - September 2019

This month saw the Scottish Government launch its Programme for Government 2019 – 2020, with a number of high-profile references to planning within this in order to transform Scotland’s cities, towns and rural areas into places that support lower emissions lifestyles and businesses. Meantime, for what the power of planning has been achieving this month, read on below…

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Aurora Spotlights - August 2019

Aurora Spotlights - August 2019

The big news from the past month is of course that, on 25 July 2019, the Planning (Scotland) Bill became the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019.  This is though not the end of the process to bring about the new planning system, with significant work now required on the secondary legislation to bring the provisions of the new Act into effect.  Meantime, for this month’s other planning highlights, read on below…

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Aurora Spotlights - July 2019

Aurora Spotlights - July 2019

Whereas much of the mainstream news can often feel a bit doom and gloom, it’s been great this month to see the extensive coverage of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, and other space stories connected to that.  Focusing on terrestrial planning matters though, here are some highlights of what’s been happening on the ground in Scotland this month.

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Aurora Spotlights - June 2019

Aurora Spotlights - June 2019

We can’t believe we’re half-way through 2019 already, and this month we celebrated our second birthday! Our thanks to everyone who has worked with us since we started out, we couldn’t have come this far without you – it’s been a great two years, and we’re very much looking forward to what the years ahead bring. Focusing on the present for now though, here’s our selection of planning highlights for this month.

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Aurora Spotlights - May 2019

Aurora Spotlights - May 2019

This time last year, our May Spotlights was co-written by our intern Lisa Crossan.  This year, we’re delighted to welcome another new face to the team, graduate planner Negar Maydanchi who is assisting us for four weeks.  So below is Negar’s pick of what’s of interest this month.

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