Scottish duo plan for success

Scottish duo plan for success

By Patrick Barnham

Pippa Roberston and Maggie Bochel set up Aurora Planning in 2018

While many companies are struggling during the pandemic one Scottish small business is bucking the trend.

In only three years Aurora Planning Ltd has taken on countless significant projects including securing planning permission for the first Scottish satellite launch site and advising ground-breaking community project Buchan Community Farm.

And now the planning specialists have been recognised by Royal Town Planning Institute [RTPI].

The RTPI has nominated Aurora in Small Planning Consultancy of the Year category of its Awards for Planning Excellence 2021.

Founding directors Maggie Bochel and Pippa Roberston are delighted with the nomination.

They said: “We are so chuffed to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award.

“We have been involved in a huge variety of projects, from the spaceport in Sutherland to helping local charities, such as Buchan Community Farm and Four Pillars, secure consent to enable them to support those most in need. 

“It’s great to have that work recognised.”

The winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony via Evessio on 29 April.

RTPI President Wei Yang FRTPI said: “Many congratulations to all the finalists at this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence – these projects, teams and individuals showcase the very best of the planning profession from all the RTPI’s regions and nations and countries around the world.

“For over 40 years, these prestigious awards have celebrated the exceptional work undertaken by town planners. In the middle of a global pandemic, I believe they are more relevant than ever before, recognising the incredible commitment and dedication of planners who have risen to the challenge of responding to the impacts of Covid-19 on the planning system.

“I wish all the finalists the very best of luck at the ceremony on 29 April.”


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