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making the most of digital engagement

There’s been a lot of talk about online engagement in planning since lockdown started in March, much of it focussing on the use of web platforms for public Pre-Application Consultation on planning applications and Local Development Plan consultations. The Scottish Government’s flexibility in allowing online consultation in these statutory contexts has been widely welcomed to […]

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If early engagement is such a great thing, why isn’t everyone doing it?

The original version of this article, jointly authored with Kathie Pollard of the Scottish Land Commission, was published on the Land Commission website on 15 June 2020. This version has been slightly updated. Research aims The principle of early public engagement is enshrined in recent major reforms to Scottish planning and land reform policy. The […]

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Foxbar pilot Local Place Plan and ‘how-to’ guide

There’s been lots of interest in the Scottish Government funded pilot Local Place Plan for Foxbar in Paisley and accompanying ‘how-to’ guide for Renfrewshire Council, both published last year thanks to the initiative of Renfrewshire Council. Winning a Scottish Award for Quality in Planning 2019 in the ‘Plans’ category this week may have encouraged more […]

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how can planning better support thriving rural communities?

Community Land Scotland‘sPolicy Director Calum MacLeod has just published an excellent brief overview of what Scottish land reform has achieved since the 2003 Land Reform Act (thanks to the Scottish Community Alliance). As Calum succinctly explains, much has been achieved since 2003 – but more needs to be done to spread the benefits of community land […]

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Scottish planning awards: cutting edge or simply best practice?

The annual Scottish Quality in Planning Awards took place last Wednesday night in Edinburgh.  If you’re interested in seeing the 20-plus awards that illustrate the best of Scottish planning in 2018, you’ll need to do some digging. The relevant Scottish Government webpage refers to just three of the awards; the interactive map linked to from […]

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