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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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A problem shared...

A problem shared...

Our February blog highlighted the contribution that shared housing can make to meeting the housing needs of people on low incomes. But delivering new forms of development, such as purpose built shared housing, can bring its own planning challenges. So as promised last month, we now take a look at what some of those challenges are…

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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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