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Entries from 2018

“There’s more to getting to where you're going then just knowing there's a road.” Joan Lowery Nixon

“There’s more to getting to where you're going then just knowing there's a road.” Joan Lowery Nixon

It’s been a long time coming, but finally the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) is opening this week, well most of it anyway… But what does the AWPR actually mean for Aberdeen and the wider north east? 

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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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Planning Bill - Stage 2 Amendments

Planning Bill - Stage 2 Amendments

Following this month’s completion of stage 2 of the Planning (Scotland) Bill, we look at some of the key changes to have come out of this…

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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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Choose your battles wisely

Choose your battles wisely

This time last year, our director Maggie took part in the Culloden Cycle Challenge, starting at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre. Unfortunately, planning can also often feel like a battle, with high stacks on both sides. On which, we look at what lessons might be learned from Culloden to ease the pain in these planning ‘battles’…

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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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V&A Dundee - Jam tomorrow

V&A Dundee - Jam tomorrow

The V&A, which opens this weekend, has certainly created a positive buzz about Dundee, but what does it really mean for the city? Read on to find out more and why, in the words of Alice in Wonderland, “there will be jam tomorrow”…

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SPEL 2018 Conference

SPEL 2018 Conference

Our director Pippa is very much looking forward to attending this years Scottish Planning and Environmental Law conference in Edinburgh, where she will be speaking about community empowerment and community rights to buy, with a particular focus on new provisions on acquiring abandoned and neglected land, and other routes to bring land back into active use. 

For further details and how to book, please read on…

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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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Planning for real – Lisa’s lessons from Aurora Planning work experience

Planning for real – Lisa’s lessons from Aurora Planning work experience

Regular readers will know that over the summer we took on an intern, Lisa Cossan, to work with us for a few weeks.  Lisa has now moved on to get some experience at the opposite end of the organisational size spectrum at Aberdeen City Council but, whilst between jobs, she prepared the following blog on what she learnt from her time at Aurora Planning.  It’s a great summary of some of the transferable skills that we believe every planner needs, as well as demonstrating John Keats’ maxim that, “Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced”.

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