We live our lives through places. They shape how we live, they give us memories, and they bear witness to the major events of our lives. Little wonder, then, that changing places can be so charged and controversial...more


From the nooks and crannies of inner cities to unspoilt coasts and mountains, places fascinates me. So does how we shape them. In Britain, there are few places that are untouched by humanity....more


Planning is the art of making good places. It involves managing change, but it should not just be regarded as simply to stop things – the common view of what planning has become. Good planning should also be...more

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  • it’s official: young people are important

    it’s official: young people are important

    In last week's consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system, the Scottish Government says that it will "bring forward proposals that will require planning authorities to consult more widely, including by using methods that are likely to involve children and young people in the process" (see page 21). This could have the biggest […]

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