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04/04/2022

Esri announces geospatial competition winners

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Esri UK has announced the winners of its competition to find local planning authorities with the best ideas for using geospatial technology to help modernise the planning process.

The three winning entries were: 

  • Dacorum Borough Council will translate existing text and spreadsheets by using digital mapping to better manage and communicate infrastructure and developer contributions, secured through planning obligations.
  • Nottingham City Council will explore how geospatial technology can help increase the use of 3D visualisations within the planning environment, internally and with the public.
  • South Ayrshire Council will examine how an innovative community consultation platform with interactive methods of engagement can help further improve community involvement in Local Development Plans – the Proposed South Ayrshire LDP2 in the first instance.

The winners, chosen from almost 50 entries, will receive free consultancy and access to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software from Esri.

The firm says it is creating a customer advisory board to help to grow best practice use of GIS within planning.

Stephen Croney, head of sector for land, property and planning at Esri UK, said: “As the government looks to reform the planning system with an increased use of digital technologies, we wanted to find innovative solutions to planning challenges and collaborate with authorities to bring them to life, 

“By combining each council’s domain expertise with our team of geospatial experts, the pilot projects will explore new and efficient approaches to problems all designed to help make the planning process easier for everyone.”

Image credit | Esri UK

 

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