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Aurora Spotlights - February 2021

Aurora Spotlights - February 2021

February may be a short month, but it has not been short on activity, with Regulations being laid in Parliament and withdrawn in quick succession, coronavirus continuing to feature in the world of planning, and RTPI Scotland having been so active that they merit a section all of their own. For more on all of which and more, read on…

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RTPI Awards for planning excellence 2021

RTPI Awards for planning excellence 2021

We are delighted that Aurora Planning Limited has been named as a finalist in the category for Small Planning Consultancy of the Year at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2021, and are very much looking forward to the ceremony, which is to be held virtually on Thursday 29 April 2021.

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Share and share alike

Share and share alike

Drawing on their own experiences, Andy and Rebecca from LivShare Housing & Consultancy support organisations to deliver shared housing solutions for people on low incomes - here, they explain the important role that shared housing can play in the housing market, some of the challenges associated with that, and why we should now be looking more positively at purpose-built shared housing….

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Aurora Spotlights - January 2021

Aurora Spotlights - January 2021

The new year may now seem like a very distant memory but, with this our first Spotlights of 2021, it still seems like a good time to take stock and look ahead to what the coming year might bring. And there is a lot on the horizon, including new regulations, a Scottish Parliament election, and an ongoing need for planning to play its role in addressing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic…

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The value of work experience

The value of work experience

Having now been working with us for a few weeks, our intern Martin has been reflecting on the values which are important to the planning profession in practice. This has also been interesting for us as an insight into how our values are perceived by others, and we pride ourselves on the fact that these can clearly be seen to inform the work we do. On which, over to Martin!

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Aurora Spotlights - December 2020

Aurora Spotlights - December 2020

This month’s Spotlights has been written by our intern Martin, wrapping up what has been an eventful year to say the least (and very much uneventful in another sense!). In this year, there have been significant changes to all aspects of life and the world of planning is no different. For more on this month’s highlights and what we might see in 2021, carry on reading…

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The ghosts of planning - past, present and future

The ghosts of planning - past, present and future

While we would definitely not characterise the planning system as a Scrooge, recent proposals for reform have been underpinned by a belief that the system is failing to deliver the development that it should, and is somewhat miserly in that regard. So, getting into the festive spirit with Dickens’ three Christmas ghosts, here are some reflections on planning past, present and future…

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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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