Scotland’s first council uses automation for planning and building standards data


The first local authority began using a system developed by the Scotland Improvement Service for the automated collection and publication of data on planning and building standards.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in the Hebrides has deployed automation, which collects data once a week, with Loch Lomond and Trassochs and Cairngorms National Parks.

This is part of the IS’s larger data and intelligence team’s work to create national layers of local authority location data through its Spatial Hub platform.

The team worked with software company Idox and local authorities to develop the technical solution to collect the data and merge it into a national layer that will initially be available to the public sector in Scotland.

Although data on planning and construction standards has been available on individual websites of local authorities and national parks for some time, there is currently no comprehensive national view of the data and no standard on how data must be collected and published.

“Our progress on this project anticipates the recommendations of Transforming Places Together: Scotland’s Digital Strategy for Planning, released by the Scottish Government in 2020, which sets five-year goals to unlock the value of planning data, use digital tools to foster collaboration and engagement, and deliver an end-to-end digital planning experience, ” said the improvement service.

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