MAD World: Mapped Appeal Decisions

We launched Mapped Appeal Decisions today.

It’s a click-through interactive map that seeks to show the location of every planning appeal decision in England made between 1 January 2017 and 12 December 2021 following a public inquiry, with links to the relevant decision letter. Best viewed on a proper screen!

The data is drawn from our weekly Town Library planning appeal decisions updates over the period (free subscription still available via the link) and for all this work we at Town Legal are very grateful both to the Planning Inspectorate for the information publicly available on its website, which makes these sorts of applications possible, to OpenStreetMap for the base mapping and of course to our friends Simmons Wavelength for the legal engineering (in particular Joy Bradley for pitching the initial idea to me last year).

Any feedback would be very helpful. So far the extent of Green Belt across the country is shown on the map base but of course the possibilities are almost limitless.

Health warning: there are some decision letters where a postcode is not shown for the relevant site – they are not currently shown on the map. If you spot any other glitches do let me know.

Feel free to share the link or indeed this post with colleagues.

The only other thing I am going to mention in this week’s very short blog post is, as always, clubhouse Planning Law Unplanned. This Tuesday, 18 January at 6pm, the subject is SECRET WORLD OF BARRISTERS’ CHAMBERS, with as our guests, Paul Coveney (senior clerk, Francis Taylor Building), Marie Sparkes (head of business development and marketing, Keating Chambers), Gary Smith (chief clerk, Kings Chambers) and Mike Gooch (senior practice manager, Landmark Chambers). Everything you ever wanted to know but never dared to ask…

A link to the clubhouse app and event is here.

Simon Ricketts, 14 January 2022

Personal views, et cetera

Author: simonicity

Partner at boutique planning law firm, Town Legal LLP, but this blog represents my personal views only.

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