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the fresh’n’lo approach to rural planning

A few months ago, I wrote about refreshing rural planning policy to encourage more rural investment, more diverse and sustainable rural economies, and thriving rural communities. Since then, respected Haddington-based surveyors and architects Chalmers & Co have taken the lead in moving this agenda forward in East Lothian. The firm spotted what they saw as a gap […]

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how Haddington is fulfilling its potential

Urban Animation, WMUD, Dhu Rural and I have recently completed the Haddington town centre vision – a fascinating six month project which we believe offers a model for other town centres around the country to make the most of their assets, and get public, private and community sectors working together in a way which builds better places and […]

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the Biggar Agenda | three lessons for other places

Working with Kevin Murray Associates, WMUD, Hamilton-Baillie Associates and VivID Ideas & Solutions, we’ve recently completed The Biggar Agenda: a community strategy for the next ten years. This is the third in a series of town strategies that we have prepared for the award-winning South Lanarkshire Rural Partnership‘s Market Towns Initiative, the earlier towns being Lanark and Strathaven. In each town, our […]

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a new plan for Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire’s principal town, has suffered its share of setbacks. The closure of the Johnnie Walker bottling plant in 2012 will be the latest in a series of high-profile closures over the last 40 years, including Stoddart Carpets, Saxone and Massey-Ferguson. But Diageo’s departure is also an opportunity to think to the future: to […]

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a new slant on promoting enterprise

I’m currently working on an “integrated urban development plan” for Kilmarnock, part of a team led by Kevin Murray Associates and including WMUD, Hamilton-Baillie Associates, The Burrell Company and SLIMS Consulting. The study has been commissioned by Make it Kilmarnock, the advisory board charged with delivering economic recovery for the town, set up in the […]

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putting ideas into practice

I’ve posted a few blogs over the last year about making more people-centred places – and have mentioned lots of ideas, but not a great deal of practice. Which is a little ironic, since most of my work is on real projects. So, let me redress the balance a little by giving three brief examples […]

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talking planning in Aberdeen city and shire

With Sèamus Lalor of sèamus lalor associates, I’m facilitating a series of events in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for ACSEF, the Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Forum. The events are half-day discussions for anyone and everyone involved in planning in the North-East of Scotland: planners from the public and private sectors, local residents, businesses, developers, architects […]

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revitalising Paisley town centre

Throughout 2008 I’ve been doing work in Paisley town centre for Renfrewshire Council, with colleagues Ewan Imrie of Collective Architecture, Willie Miller of Willie Miller Urban Design and Alan Edgar of J & E Shepherd surveyors. The aims of the work have been to research the use and condition of upper floor properties in the […]

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