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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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making contact with community development

At the Community Development Alliance Scotland’s conference this week, a recurring theme was the need to change attitudes and behaviours if communities are to become more engaged and empowered in decision-making. The speakers, from Keith Brown MSP’s Ministerial address to workshops by the new economics foundation, weren’t just talking about planning and placemaking, of course. […]

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