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Archive | December, 2007

training Councillors about planning

This year has witnessed the first concerted effort to train local authority Councillors about planning. This might seem somewhat strange, since Councillors have been legally responsible for deciding planning applications and preparing development plans – Structure Plans and Local Plans – since 1947. Like so many aspects of British public life, it was long assumed […]

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scottish economic strategy | a new focus for community engagement

We now have a new suite of spending plans and national policy from the Scottish Government, focussed on the Scottish Budget Spending Review 2007 and the Government Economic Strategy. Planning has come of age again. Both documents recognise the twin contribution that planning has towards the Scottish Government’s ‘Purpose’ of sustainable economic growth – both […]

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