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community empowerment and planning

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on its proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill; this paper is a contribution to that discussion. It has been jointly written with Hugh Moore, who has been chair of Giffnock Community Council in East Renfrewshire for a number of years. As well as being Community Councillors, both Hugh and I are […]

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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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Pre-Application Consultation | consult people on design, not the principle

I’ve been co-facilitating a series of workshops in Aberdeen with Seamus Lalor Associates over the last year or so, for ACSEF in Aberdeen city and shire – as I explained in this earlier post. The workshops are all about building trust and understanding between different players in the planning system – developers, local authority officers, […]

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the leadership role of planning

At the Delivering Better Places in Scotland launch last week (more of which in another post soon), the need for more leadership in planning was a strong theme – possibly the dominant theme. This isn’t about training more leaders of planners. It’s about the need for planning to take a more leading role in government, […]

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