‘Digital Land’ – At Last!
As a property-technology company that’s been evangelising data-driven solutions to digitise the planning system since Day 1, we were pleasantly surprised to find a section on Digital Land in the Conservative Manifesto. The Conservative Party’s ambitious plan to create the “largest repository of open land data in the world” is a long-overdue step towards a more transparent and sustainable urban future. As an innovative SME, we have been long-awaiting an equally proactive initiative on the part of the Government to support the Open Data movement in the built environment sector. The Conservative manifesto demonstrates that a ‘digital land economy’ has finally risen as a priority amidst a true housing crisis that currently plagues the UK.
Encouraged, we will continue the hard work to digitise the planning system through the use of technology, access to open data and coordination between sectors. We are fortunate to do so with the support of thought-leading institutions like the Future Cities Catapult and Ordnance Survey’s Geovation Team, and we look forward to linking up with some of the other organisations mentioned in the Manifesto. Regardless of the upcoming election results, we are hopeful that we will see more political support for both Open Data as well as the centralisation and standardisation of spatial information — the Future of Planning is here.