The Map for England pilot project is due to draw to a close in a few weeks time and the RTPI are keen to obtain as much feedback as possible before the end of March. The pilot website was launched last October by the RTPI with the assistance of IDOX and the Centre of Urban Policy Studies at Manchester University.
GI professionals have been aware for a long time about the power of bringing together seemingly disparate datasets on a map to help identify relationships, conflicts, opportunities and provide a generally more joined up approach to planning. However, despite this acknowledgement and understanding there is no single place where users can go for information when planning new infrastructure or setting out new policies. With this in mind the RTPI initiated the launch of a pilot project to demonstrate to potential user organisations, data providers and government the benefits of such a resource.
The Map for England pilot has brought together data from almost 100 planning policy maps and a range of national datasets including layers depicting Green Belt, housing affordability, superfast broadband provision, local authority boundaries, national park boundaries and indices of multiple deprivation.
It is understood that the pilot site has attracted over 10,000 users since October. Response from businesses, communities and the wider public has been very positive. If you wish to add your own feedback then you can find a summary document, questions and contact details here. You have until 31st March 2013 to have your say.