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Introduction of Digital tool to isolate development land potential

by Paul Addison on October 26, 2017 No comments

To show the prospective of bringing together land, planning and housing data from different governments into one place, a new digital tool has been introduced.

Future Cities Catapult designed a sample model of the tool, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government to;

  • Help speed up plan-making and planning decisions.
  • Reduce the costs of plan-making and planning decisions.
  • Improve the quality of plan-making and planning decisions.

The tool is to be known as the Land Information Platform, and would be assisting planners, real estate developers and locals in locating and highlighting land for development.

The goal is to speed up the procedure of allocating land, at the same time as forecasting capacity and assessing costs.

It has been said by Future Cities Catapult, that planning tools such as the Land Information Platform will:

  • Computerize a variety of processes,
  • free up planners’ time,
  • reduce costs,
  • create a more transparent system.

Head of projects at Future Cities Catapult, Stefan Webb, said:

“With the government’s manifesto commitment to create ‘the largest repository of open land data in the world, the Land Information Platform demonstrates one of the ways in which public information can be used to accelerate the development process, increase certainty, and improve transparency,”

“We believe open-source public data platforms can support an eco-system of new software for planning, much like the app store, allowing others to build digital products and services on top of this system, replacing time-consuming, expensively produced consultant reports that lie unread by man or machine.”

The sample model revealed how critical parts of local plan-making can be programmed.

Ares of plan making such as the below were included;

  • Land identification.
  • Ordering and site allocations.
  • Speeding up and increasing certainty around housing capacity.
  • Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments or other similar processes.

Richard Blyth, the head of policy at RTPI said the following:

“Local planning authorities would greatly benefit from new digital tools which help them to collect and aggregate land and planning data. This prototype shows the art of the possible.”

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