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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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Aurora Spotlights - April 2021

Aurora Spotlights - April 2021

It’s been an April of snow showers and sunshine, and of being able to get out and about a bit more, whatever the weather… The legacy of the coronavirus pandemic is though going to be with us for some time yet and, as can be seen in this month’s Spotlights, this continue to be reflected in what has been happening in the world of planning. On which, read on…

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Talkin' 'bout my generation

Talkin' 'bout my generation

We are delighted to welcome our former intern Martin Walker back to share some insights on how the planning profession is perceived by his peers, and how to attract more young people into this. As Martin highlights, there is scope for people from a wide range of backgrounds to contribute to the planning system and, in doing so, address many of the issues that are important to his generation.

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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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