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strategic transport planning in Ayrshire

This Scottish Executive research project took place in 2005-06. The aim was to establish how long-term investment in new transport infrastructure and services could contribute to economic regeneration in Ayrshire. The backdrop to the research was a recognition that the Ayrshire economy was not moving as quickly as it might from traditional manufacturing industries to […]

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young planners

The Royal Town Planning Institute’s 2007 Young Planners Conference was held in Glasgow. Being chairman of Planning Aid for Scotland was apparently enough for the organisers to invite me to contribute a piece to a panel session entitled “Climate change: making a difference”. Taking a broad definition of climate, here’s what I talked about to […]

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“but the public can’t think strategically…”

A common refrain amongst the planning profession, even my more enlightened colleagues. But I believe this myth has no place in 21st century planning. Over the last five years, reforms to the statutory planning systems throughout the UK have put great emphasis on community engagement. This isn’t just about neighbour notification for planning applications, it […]

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redesigning Clydebank

I’m helping Clydebank re-built, an urban regeneration company in Clydebank, with briefs and tendering for design teams for some of their key sites along the Clyde Waterfront – an enterprise centre providing start-up office space, Housing Association flats, and industrial workshops. We’re looking for a top quality design combined with cost effectiveness (tell me a […]

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Out There… walking and cycling in Renfrewshire

Not strictly planning, but I’m proud of these popular guidebooks that I researched, wrote and photographed in commissions for Renfrewshire Council’s Planning Department over the last couple of years. The graphic design is by former colleague Aileen McDonald. The aim of the guidebooks is to get local people out and about enjoying the stunning countryside […]

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Global Cities at the Tate Modern

The Global Cities exhibition at the Tate Modern proves that the public can be engaged in thorny questions of future planning strategy. It poses really big questions about the future of cities – diversity, community cohesion, density, coping with growth. Although it doesn’t suggest many answers, that doesn’t appear to be its objective. Just getting […]

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managing conflicting uses | Hartlepool foreshore strategy

Although Hartlepool may have turned its back on the sea at various points during its long history, Hartlepool’s coastline has always fulfilled vital roles for the town. In mediaeval times, when Hartlepool was already a major port with substantial seawalls and fortifications, the sea was the town’s lifeblood. During the town’s Victorian boom, the sea […]

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masterplan publicity near Glasgow

I’ve had an active role in the regeneration of a former munitions manufacturing site near Glasgow since 1999, when the site owners BAE Systems decided to end manufacturing at the site. The site is one of the largest brownfield sites in the UK, extending to a massive 900 hectares (2,300 acres). Put another way, it […]

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