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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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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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Glasgow city centre Avenues: initial design proposals for Argyle Street

As part of the team led by Civic Engineers with Urban Movement, Icecream Architecture and others for Glasgow City Council, we’ve just kicked off the first round of public engagement to roll out the transformational City Deal funded Avenues scheme over the next 5 years or so. Over 500 people braved the damp weather along Argyle Street and Trongate […]

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community charrettes: how we can maximise their impact

I’ve had the privilege of being involved in almost twenty charrettes in Scotland. And it really is a privilege, because on every occasion I gain a fascinating insight into local life and aspirations, and learn new things about community development, placemaking and making change happen on the ground. Being a planner, I’ve long seen charrettes as […]

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real community planning in Lockerbie?

Earlier this year, Lockerbie Community Council commissioned a Community Action Plan to support community-led activity aimed at improving the Lockerbie area as a place in which to live, work and visit. Following a public meeting in November 2016, a steering group was established comprising a number of Community Councillors and other local residents. An independent […]

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