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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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Aurora Spotlights - April 2020

Aurora Spotlights - April 2020

We’ve now been in lockdown for just over a month and, like many others, we’re adapting to new ways of living, working and socialising from home. And the planning system is adapting too, with emergency legislation passed this month to ensure this continues to play a positive role in shaping the places in which we do that. For more on the new legislation and other planning highlights from this month, read on…  

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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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