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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    maximising planning’s potential

    The Scottish Government’s planners are busy working on a new White Paper on planning reform, for publication by the end of the year. I think they should be congratulated for their innovative decision to draft the White Paper through co-production – a process which kicked off in mid September with a two-day workshop for planners, […]

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