Digital prototype to pinpoint land for development

Future Cities Catapult has revealed the Land Information Platform to help collate land, planning and housing data from different government agencies in one place.

Commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the digital tool will help planners, real estate developers and citizens to identify and prioritise land for future development, which, in time, will free up planners time, reduce the costs to the public of planning, and create a more transparent system for the benefit of smaller developers and citizens.

Stefan Webb, head of projects, said: “We are very excited about the disruptive nature of this pilot, and its potential to be a trailblazer for how data and digital tools can support planners, developers and citizens. 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.”

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