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Entries from 2021

No man is an island

No man is an island

We have long recognised that the planning system doesn’t exist in isolation and that, as planners, we can only achieve so much on our own in managing the development and use of land. And, this week, news of the decision to allow an area of croft land to be resumed and used for Space Hub Sutherland provides a particularly high-profile example of the relationship between planning and another statutory regime…

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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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Fair's fair

Fair's fair

As highlighted in our July Spotlights, last month saw the Court of Session quash amendments to Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) made in December 2020 on the basis that the consultation process that preceded these was considered to be so unfair as to be unlawful - but what what was it that caused the Court of Session to conclude that this was unlawful, and what can we learn from this?

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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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Happy campers

Happy campers

In last month’s blog we looked at some of the planning challenges arising from the increasing demand for short term let holiday accommodation, but there are of course other ways to enjoy your holiday in the UK this summer, including camping and motorhoming.

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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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We're all goin' on a summer holiday

We're all goin' on a summer holiday

With the summer months now well and truly upon us, and foreign travel still subject to restrictions and uncertainties, it seems that record numbers of people in the UK are looking to spend their holidays on our own shores. The level of interest in second homes and rental properties in popular holiday spots does though raise some particular planning challenges…

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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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Democracy is not a spectator sport

Democracy is not a spectator sport

The filmmaker Micheal Moore has been quoted as saying  that “Democracy is not a spectator sport,  it’s a participatory event. If we don’t participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy.”   Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, democracy at all levels has been put to the test, and the planning process has not been immune from the democratic challenges posed by this…

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RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2021

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2021

We are delighted to have been named Small Planning Consultancy of the year at this year’s RTPI Awards, the ceremony for which took place online last night. In a great example of adapting to current coronavirus restrictions, the online format provided a showcase of inspiring finalists from across the United Kingdom, with opportunities to network with other attendees as well as hearing the winners announced.

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