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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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Glasgow city centre Avenues: The Underline

There was lots of interest when I posted the initial design proposals for Argyle Street and Trongate back in June.  So, dear reader, here’s a preview of the next wave of Avenues design proposals for the city centre. (If you read my previous post, you might recall that I’m part of the team led by […]

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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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