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First Scottish council uses automation for planning and building standards data


The first local authority has begun to use a system developed by Scotland’s Improvement Service for the automated collection and publication of data on planning and building standards.

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

It is part of the wider work by the IS data and intelligence team to create national layers of local authority location data through its Spatial Hub platform.

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

Whilst planning and building standards data has been available on individual local authority and national park websites for some time, there is currently no overall national view of the data and no standards on how the data should be collected and published.

“Our progress on this project pre-empts the recommendations in Transforming Places Together: Scotland’s digital strategy for planning, published by the Scottish Government in 2020, which set out five-year goals to unlock the value of planning data, use digital tools to drive collaboration and engagement and deliver an end-to-end digital planning experience,” the Improvement Service said.

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