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Future Cities Catapult launch Land Information Platform concept

Future Cities Catapult have launched a new conceptual prototype of a new Land Information Platform designed to help level the playing field between planners, developers and citizens.

As part of a planning pilot commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Future Cities Catapult have been looking at ways to help speed up, reduce the costs and improve the transparency, of plan-making and planning decisions. The Government’s recent white paper on housing has suggested that the housing market is broken and this new prototype seeks to provide better information and insight into the planning process to improve housing delivery.

The concept was launched at ‘MIPIM UK’ and would help planners, real estate developers and citizens, to identify and prioritise land for future development – accelerating the allocation of land for new development, predicting development capacity and estimating development costs.

The prototype idea will look to use a variety of data-sets as well as historic planning data and open government information such as energy performance certificates, to automatically screen and identify potential development opportunities.

With the government’s manifesto commitment to create “the largest repository of open land data in the world” the concept is a good example of how we could help to foster innovative tools to help people and developers build.

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

“We are very excited about the disruptive nature of this prototype and its potential to be a trailblazer for how data and digital tools can support planners, developers and citizens.

“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.”

For more information on the Land Information Platform, see Stefan Webb’s recent blog.

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