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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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Aurora Spotlights - April 2019

Aurora Spotlights - April 2019

April marks the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden and, with the National Trust for Scotland consulting on what new development (if any) would be acceptable near the site, and the Scottish Battlefields Trust suggesting that the land should be bought on “behalf of the nation” to safeguard it from any future development, we’re reminded of how often planning can feel like a battle for both developers and communities…  

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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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