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cutting down the paper overload

Well said, planning lawyer Stephen Ashworth! His call for the planning profession to cut down on paper overload in this week’s Planning magazine is a point well made. The argument that Stephen puts forward in his article is simple: Planning is overwhelmed by unnecessary information. Decisions are often delayed by the need to plough through […]

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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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Glasgow in 2057

What will Glasgow look like in 2057? The visions of budding young architects from Glasgow School of Art are offered at an exhibition this week, the culmination of an intensive 5 week project which, in the words of the course leader Fred Harvey, is “challenging 60 of the brightest young minds in one of the […]

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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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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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