What planning applications are being made near where you live?

This service has been around on a trial basis for a little while, but I’ve only just started using it myself: www.planningalerts.com

It’s pretty straight-forward: give your postcode and email address and in return you get news of planning applications by email. The email alerts look to me to be better than many offered by councils themselves, so this may also be a useful service for councillors and colleagues to promote to the public in their patch.

It covers 315 local authorities at the moment, and if your isn’t one of them then you can help add it to the service.

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4 Comments

  • Arthur Dent 2nd Feb '09 - 12:15pm

    This looks like a very useful tool. I shall certainly use it.

  • Libertarian 2nd Feb '09 - 10:17pm

    This will just be a tool for reactionary NIMBYs trying to stop much-needed development.

  • Ian Eiloart 3rd Feb '09 - 10:59am

    Very cool. You can also create RSS feeds, like this:

    http://www.planningalerts.com/api.php?call=postcode&postcode=bn71da&area_size=l

    You can insert your own postcode, and area size. The area covered is a square centred on the post code, of size “s” (400m), “m” (800m), or “l” (4000m).

    Adding such an RSS feed to your web site could attract quite a lot of interest. Some will be from NIMBYs, but this is about openness. It will also give you the opportunity to show that your council is (or is not) actually protecting people from inappropriate development.

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