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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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Sowing the seeds

Sowing the seeds

Recently, there has been a surge of interest in opportunities for people to grow their own food and, with that, demand for structures such as sheds, greenhouses and polytunnels to support this. The question that then arises is whether planning permission is required for any of this, and what might be done in planning terms to encourage more food growing?  

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Aurora Spotlights - October 2020

Aurora Spotlights - October 2020

With just a few days to go until the US presidential election, it’s hard to avoid any mention of Trump in the news. And this month’s Spotlights is no different, although we’re just looking at his planning interests here! For more on which, and on other planning news from October (including news on the planning status of donkeys!), read on…

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“Presumption is our natural and original malady” - Michel de Montaigne

“Presumption is our natural and original malady” - Michel de Montaigne

The presumption in favour of sustainable development is one of the most often quoted elements of Scottish Planning Policy (arguably, so often so as to have become meaningless). The Scottish Government has however been consulting on proposals to remove this, along with other policy changes, but will this actually address the malady that the presumption is thought to currently represent?

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Aurora Spotlights - September 2020

Aurora Spotlights - September 2020

As we move into autumn, we are starting to brace ourselves for the end of the Brexit transition period in just a few months’ time, we have learned that there are sharks in Regents Canal in London, and this all makes us really want a beer! These aren’t just passing observations, but reflect some of the diverse matters having an impact on the built environment this month. For more on which, read on…

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Planning for the future

Planning for the future

In July, we mentioned that our Director Maggie had been getting some insight into anticipated planning reforms in England through her role as a member of the British Chamber of Commerce’s expert planning panel. Now, we are delighted to be able to share some of that insight with this blog from one of Maggie’s fellow panel members, Amanda Beresford, Partner and Head of Planning at Schofield Sweeney LLP…

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Aurora Spotlights - August 2020

Aurora Spotlights - August 2020

Extreme weather events have again been in the news this month, with some devastating impacts. At the same time, our built environment needs to be resilient not just to a changing climate environmentally, but also socially, economically, and in terms of public health. And of course, planning is central to this. So, for what’s been happening in the world of planning this month, read on…

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Heart versus head: some insights from a planning committee clerk

Heart versus head: some insights from a planning committee clerk

We often describe planning as being more of an art than a science and so, for an insight into the planning decision making process, including what can sometimes be a tussle for Councillors between the heart and the head, we are delighted this month to have a guest blog from a former committee clerk. Here are his reflections from 3 years in a planning committee clerk’s chair.

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XUSA Mastermind session

XUSA Mastermind session

Lockdown has provided a great opportunity to participate in a number of on-line training and networking events and, this month, our Director Pippa is pleased to have been invited to participate in a Mastermind session organised by our client XUSA. This is one of a series of events held by XUSA to facilitate learning and development amongst their network…

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Aurora Spotlights - July 2020

Aurora Spotlights - July 2020

Will this be our last lockdown Spotlights?  In line with Scottish Government guidance, working from home continues to be the default position for us, but we will keep this under review when offices are allowed to re-open at the end of this month. Meantime, we’re re-adapting to the lifting of restrictions in all other areas of life, including the re-opening of cafes, bars and shops…

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