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‘Open data’ map launched in Manchester

Words: Laura Edgar

Planners, architects and residential developers now have access to an online ‘open data’ service that gives an overview of Greater Manchester’s infrastructure.

Developed by New Economy and Salford City Council on behalf of Greater Manchester’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the combined authority’s planning and housing team, the infrastructure map uses the open data to pinpoint details including planned transport works, communications links, streetlight locations and designated nature reserves.

Mike Blackburn, chair of Greater Manchester LEP, said: “The open data map is an important milestone in Greater Manchester’s ambitious growth plans. By harnessing and better connecting the information that is available, we can connect our short-term activity to a much longer-term vision to ensure we create the best possible outcomes for the future.”

Simon Nokes, interim chief executive of New Economy, added: “The next step will be to disseminate the existing data and look at ways to improve the map with feedback from our partners and potential new users. We intend to continue developing the map further, both in terms of its functionality and by adding extra datasets as they become available.”

The Greater Manchester Open Data Infrastructure Map can be viewed here.