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20 minute neighbourhoods & Local Place Plans – new tools for a healthier, greener Scotland

This is an edited version of an article written for RTPI Scotland on 26 January 2021. Creating places for people, supporting communities to shape where they live, and planning for the green economy: aspirations of the Scottish Government, but also of planners. Turning these lofty aspirations into reality is what gets me, as a planner, […]

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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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