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Aurora Spotlights - October 2019

Aurora Spotlights - October 2019

All planning matters aside, the thing we are probably most excited about this month is our logo having been given a Halloween makeover – check it out at the end!  But, before we too don our witches’ outfits, here is a summary of what’s been happening in the much less spooky realm of planning this month…

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Providing something for everybody... created by everybody

Providing something for everybody... created by everybody

At last month’s Scottish Planning and Environmental Law conference, our director Pippa was delighted to take part in a panel discussion on the implications of the community empowerment agenda for spatial planning. For her part, she argued that community empowerment doesn’t mean only having a say in what should happen where, but also having the power to deliver that development…

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Aurora Spotlights - September 2019

Aurora Spotlights - September 2019

This month saw the Scottish Government launch its Programme for Government 2019 – 2020, with a number of high-profile references to planning within this in order to transform Scotland’s cities, towns and rural areas into places that support lower emissions lifestyles and businesses. Meantime, for what the power of planning has been achieving this month, read on below…

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If you go down to the woods today...

If you go down to the woods today...

In our February blog, we drew on our experience of cabin life in Norway. This month, in the last throes of summer, we’re all about glamping! So, what does a good glamping site look like? And what might be expected in planning terms? Read on below to find out more…

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Aurora Spotlights - August 2019

Aurora Spotlights - August 2019

The big news from the past month is of course that, on 25 July 2019, the Planning (Scotland) Bill became the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019.  This is though not the end of the process to bring about the new planning system, with significant work now required on the secondary legislation to bring the provisions of the new Act into effect.  Meantime, for this month’s other planning highlights, read on below…

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ASPC event - Improve to move

ASPC event - Improve to move

Saturday 14th September 2019, ASPC, 40 Chapel Street, Aberdeen

Our director Maggie will be part of an expert panel assembled by the ASPC to provide advice on how you might improve or extend your home, ensuring that you add value to it, whether you are buying or selling now, or thinking of doing so in the future. 

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SPEL 2019 Conference

SPEL 2019 Conference

Our director Pippa is very much looking forward to attending this year’s Scottish Planning and Environmental Law conference in Edinburgh, which will cover housing, land value, and infrastructure delivery, as well as community empowerment and the new Planning (Scotland) Act 2019.

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Lessons from the Persian bazaar

Lessons from the Persian bazaar

This month’s blog has been written by our former intern Negar Maydanchi, who came to work with us for a month earlier this summer and, we’re delighted to say, has since been offered a job as a planner.  Before starting her new job though, Negar has been visiting family in Iran, and has shared her reflections on what shopping centres here in the UK might learn from the traditional bazaars there.

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Aurora Spotlights - July 2019

Aurora Spotlights - July 2019

Whereas much of the mainstream news can often feel a bit doom and gloom, it’s been great this month to see the extensive coverage of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, and other space stories connected to that.  Focusing on terrestrial planning matters though, here are some highlights of what’s been happening on the ground in Scotland this month.

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Planning Bill - as passed; does it deliver?

Planning Bill - as passed; does it deliver?

As our regular blog readers will know, we’ve been following the Planning (Scotland) Bill’s progress through the Scottish Parliament with great interest since it was introduced in December 2017. Most recently, in June this year, the Bill was passed in what has been described as “a radical shake-up of planning laws”. But, has the Bill ultimately created a radical new framework to achieve what it aspired to?

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