Planning applications in my neighbourhood
I created a map that shows recent planning applications in the neighbourhood. You can see the status of the application (yet to be decided, or what the decision was); see a short description of what the application is for; see a link to read the full application on the council website. I’ve embedded the map into the association’s website and they are very happy with this feature.
A few years ago my company created a community website for the village association of where I used to live. I was recently updating the site and noticed the planning applications page seemed a bit empty and not so useful. Being a great fan of maps and also wanting to try to make something useful for the audience of the association's website, I wanted to create a map that people can use to see recent planning applications near them.
The objectives were;
Create an easy to use map to show recent planning applications in the neighbourhood
Embed it into the village association website so the village residents and businesses can see information that is relevant to them.
There are some downsides to it however. I needed to download, save the file and upload it to cartoDB to work - this means it isn’t live data so I will need to do this process every now and then in order to keep the map up to date and relevant. I couldn’t filter the results using PostGIS which may provide more accurate results. I was lucky that the dataset contained the village name and most of the results were limited to the village. I’d like to be able to use PostGIS and get live data working with it in a future story. If you have any experience or links to resources that are helpful in achieving this, please comment below! Any advice welcome.