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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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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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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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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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