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Aurora Spotlights - March 2020

Aurora Spotlights - March 2020

It’s incredible how our whole world can change in the space of a few weeks – this time last month, Covid-19 was something that we read about in the news, now it is something that has directly affected how we all live and work.  Covid-19 also has significant implications for planning, and so this is the inevitable focus of this month’s Spotlights.    

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The art of flood defence

The art of flood defence

The first couple of months of this year saw a number of major flood events making headline news and, when we caught up with a friend who was involved in the design of the Perth flood protection scheme earlier this week, this got us thinking about what can be learned from experiences there and applied to new projects to ensure that they make a positive contribution to the urban realm in which they are installed.

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Aurora Spotlights - February 2020

Aurora Spotlights - February 2020

With wild weather dominating the headlines this month, and some serious flooding across the UK as a result, there are inevitably questions to be asked about the role planning can play in contributing to tackling the climate crisis. For more on which, and on other planning highlights from this month, read on below….  

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Family planning

Family planning

Having given birth to a daughter at the beginning of this year, I find myself wondering about the world she will grow up in, the challenges facing this, and what planning might do to address some of these…  In particular, it is impossible to ignore the climate crisis we’re facing, amongst other issues. So, what role can (and should) planning play in all this?

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Aurora Spotlights - January 2020

Aurora Spotlights - January 2020

While we’re almost at the end of the first month of 2020 already, we’re still in new year mode, and looking ahead to what this holds for planning…  Perhaps most notably, there’s the ongoing implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act, but there is a lot else as well.  For some of this month’s key highlights, read on below!

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No stars or heroes in planning

No stars or heroes in planning

As we cosied up in front of the fire over Christmas, we both read The Planner, a novel by Tom Campbell and, as we look ahead to what 2020 might bring in the world of town planning for us, we thought we’d share our reflections on Tom Campbell’s depiction of our profession.

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Aurora Spotlights - December 2019

Aurora Spotlights - December 2019

As we approach the shortest day of the year, our thoughts very much turn to cosying up by the fire in a nice warm home and keeping the winter weather at bay…  These being everyday concerns, in which planning has a significant role to play!  For some examples of which plus other planning matters from this past month, read on…

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Bah humbug!

Bah humbug!

‘Tis the season of Christmas markets and festive spirit.  But, as we touched on in last month’s Spotlights, both Edinburgh and Aberdeen have been called out for not having secured planning permission for their Christmas markets. It may come as a surprise to some that temporary markets require planning permission, but they do; both for the change of use of the land, and for the erection of buildings on it…

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Aurora Spotlights - November 2019

Aurora Spotlights - November 2019

On the 8th November, Presidents and Chairs of town planning associations across the world marked the 70th anniversary of World Town Planning Day by calling on planners to continue to champion the causes of equity, diversity and inclusivity in their work. Meantime, on what has been happening in planning in practice this month, read on below…

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You can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink

You can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink

This month we’re due to attend the second formal pre-application consultation event for the Space Hub Sutherland project - the UK’s first vertical launch facility proposed for the Moine penninsula - giving us cause to reflect on current community engagement processes, and how these might change under the new Planning Act…

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