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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
We can’t believe we’re half-way through 2019 already, and this month we celebrated our second birthday! Our thanks to everyone who has worked with us since we started out, we couldn’t have come this far without you – it’s been a great two years, and we’re very much looking forward to what the years ahead bring. Focusing on the present for now though, here’s our selection of planning highlights for this month.
Despite much speculation on the future of the Planning (Scotland) Bill following Stage 2 of the Parliamentary process, the Bill is now proceeding to Stage 3 with three days of debate over more than 150 amendments scheduled to take place this week. Read on for our observations on just a few of the amendments of particular interest to us.
This time last year, our May Spotlights was co-written by our intern Lisa Crossan. This year, we’re delighted to welcome another new face to the team, graduate planner Negar Maydanchi who is assisting us for four weeks. So below is Negar’s pick of what’s of interest this month.
A couple of years ago, a friend of ours set up home on a canal boat in Edinburgh, making us look at Scotland’s canals in a new light. And we’re not the only ones to have done that. After a period of post-industrial decline, these once important shipping routes are now increasingly valued again as places for people to live, work and play, and for their contribution to wider regeneration and placemaking.
April marks the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden and, with the National Trust for Scotland consulting on what new development (if any) would be acceptable near the site, and the Scottish Battlefields Trust suggesting that the land should be bought on “behalf of the nation” to safeguard it from any future development, we’re reminded of how often planning can feel like a battle for both developers and communities…