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Aurora Spotlights - September 2021

Aurora Spotlights - September 2021

As trailed last month, this month’s Spotlights has been co-prepared by our intern, Varshini, who has selected a number of the items below. With a background in architecture before electing to study for a MSc in planning, Varshini has a particular interest in how brownfield sites can be redeveloped in a way that positively impacts on people’s lives - for some interesting examples of which and more, read on…

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Aurora Spotlights - August 2021

Aurora Spotlights - August 2021

This has been a month which has exemplified the importance of planning in all aspects of our lives, including many where it may not be immediately obvious, from what we eat and drink to delivering a green recovery for our country as a whole. And there is of course also the role that planning continues to play in the country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more on all of which and more, read on…

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Aurora Spotlights - July 2021

Aurora Spotlights - July 2021

We’re now over half way through the year, and well into summer holiday season, but there is still a lot going on in the world of planning, both holiday related and otherwise, including potential changes to how holiday accommodation is regulated. So, whether on holiday or not, read on…

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Aurora Spotlights - June 2021

Aurora Spotlights - June 2021

Last month we got a new Minister responsible for planning, this month it was announced that the Scottish Government’s Chief Planner, John McNairney, is to retire. John has been described as a champion of the profession. We would certainly echo that sentiment and wish him well in his retirement. Meantime, there has been plenty happening in planning under John’s watch this month…

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Aurora Spotlights - May 2021

Aurora Spotlights - May 2021

This month has of course been Scottish Parliament election month, as a result of which Scotland has a new minister responsible for planning; Tom Arthur MSP (Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth). Meantime, planning does not stop for elections and, for our round up of what has been happening while votes were being cast and counted and the new cabinet appointed, read on below…

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Aurora Spotlights - March 2021

Aurora Spotlights - March 2021

In the month that marks a year since we first went into lockdown (and therefore a full year of photos from our home windows rather than our office one!), we are looking forward to anticipated easing of restrictions in the coming weeks, with lots happening in the world of planning to look forward to as well. For more on which, read on…

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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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