The UK planning system is under pressure to deliver more for less. Build back better, faster—more housing, jobs, biodiversity, less carbon, better communities, and better value. As we grapple with these challenges, we are also seeing digital planning become more mainstream. As a result, we need to develop a better understanding of how the use of data can be a force for good in planning.
Stantec’s Better Places research programme with the University of Reading has been contemplating these issues. This research explores how digital engagement and mapping can improve engagement and enable better decision-making for and on behalf of planning authorities, investment organisations and developers.