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Weeknotes

7 October 2019

Team It’s been a rollercoaster of a week for the Digital Land team. Sadly we’ve said goodbye to Ed, our brilliant policy lead, who is moving upstairs to start his new job as …

4 October 2019

Team Much of this week has been focussed on planning. Lorna, Matt and Helena have been lining up local authorities for our Developer Contributions private beta, and preparing for …

27 September 2019

With some of the team still seconded to another project, and a few of the team taking well deserved holidays we were fairly light on people in the office this week. However, we did …

20 September 2019

Developer Contributions Monday began with a retrospective following publishing our guidance on GOV.UK. We concluded most things had gone well thanks to the high degree of trust …

13 September 2019

Policy Jess, Natalie, and Ed have been working on next week’s PropTech workshop for colleagues in the Housing Delivery and Planning directorates. Jess was out Thursday night …

6 September 2019

Developer Contributions We started the week on a high with the announcement on Sunday morning of new planning rules. These are intended help local people better understand the …

30 August 2019

A short but busy week for those of us still in the office in August. The nature of policy often makes it hard for us to talk publicly about some of the bigger things which have …

23 August 2019

It’s August, and some of the team have been seconded to lend their digital skills to another project in the department, but it’s still been quite a busy week for those …

16 August 2019

The week we’ve been working on a flow diagram that shows how data for developer contributions will be collected, stored and used to produce the dashboard and infrastructure …

9 August 2019

A few of the digital land team were off on holiday this week, but it was still a busy week! Local plans Helena and Paul B presented the insights and outcomes from the Local Plans …

2 August 2019

Paul D presented at a couple of boards and attended the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) workshop at Connected Places Catapult. Paul and Emily also held interviews for a new …

26 July 2019

This week we held the local plans steering group to present the findings from Paul B and Helena’s discovery work to our internal stakeholders. The work was positively …

19 July 2019

Great news this week - EPC data is now being updated and published again on Open Data Communities, thanks to a lot of hard work over the past year from policy specialists, …

12 July 2019

This week Paul D spoke at the PlanTech - July Breakfast Show & Tell at the ODI in Leeds, and attended the Compulsory Purchase Association conference. Our compulsory purchase …

5 July 2019

This week the Digital Land team made good progress on several projects, even with most of the team at an away day on Thursday. We started work on a register for Compulsory Purchase …

28 June 2019

It’s been an exciting week! On Tuesday we found out that the Find an Energy Certificate or Assessor alpha, which Jake and Emily worked on, has passed the GDS assessment and can …

21 June 2019

This week in the Digital Land team, Adam, Colm and Jake have been working on the brownfield sites validator. Paul D has also been looking at the data published in brownfield …

14 June 2019

This week, we spent Tuesday and Wednesday together at our Team Away days. We kicked off with a team retrospective, which led to discussions around building further relationships …

7 June 2019

The big news this week was new regulations for The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019 have been laid before Parliament, an important step for the …

31 May 2019

This week Christine has been prototyping the registers editor and Paul D has been revisiting the python open register library. Adam and Colm have been tweaking the housing numbers …

24 May 2019

It’s been a big week for the team as digital services and policy have merged! Ed Culliney and new recruit Natalie Record have joined the team, marking the official joining of …

10 May 2019

Local plans This week, Paul (Bermudez) and Helena have been busy working on the tail end of the Local Plans discovery. Their primary focus has been to analyse the insights that …

15 February 2019

This week Paul had his first MHCLG Digital Land birthday! It was a good moment to reflect on what we’ve done so far and where we’re heading over the next year. One year …

8 February 2019

Following the three workshops we held last week for our project on developer contributions, this week the team were analysing the findings and putting together an approach to …

1 February 2019

This week the Digital Land Service and the Planning Infrastructure policy team ran 3 workshops with local planning authority representatives focusing on developer contributions. …

25 January 2019

This week the team worked on preparing for the three workshops we are holding next week on developer contributions, to test the data standard with users and get feedback. We are …

18 January 2019

This week the team had a project kickoff with MySociety for the central register of planning applications work. Rebecca and Paul attended a Royal Geographical Society lecture on …

11 January 2019

Our team is still growing! This week we welcomed our new User Research Paul Bermudez. Welcome (yet another) Paul! We progressed the architecture of our work, which feeds into our …

21 December 2018

This week the developer contributions public consultation went live. We don’t anticipate a huge flurry of activity over the holiday period, but we have already seen some comments …

14 December 2018

In advance of the public consultation for developer contributions the team have been thinking about how we’ll manage questions and feedback in an open and transparent fashion. …

7 December 2018

We presented our progress on developer contributions at a show and tell. This included the updated guidance, a tool to validate local planning authority data against the …

30 November 2018

We are delighted to welcome Helena Trippe to our team as our new service designer! The primary focus for the team this week was getting the developer contribution project ready for …

23 November 2018

On Tuesday Paul joined a panel at the ODI summit to talk about how local governments can take advantage of the opportunities created by data to improve public services and better …

16 November 2018

This week the team focused on 2 areas: Brownfield sites Michael has been updating the guidance on brownfield sites. He has a draft of the proposed content and the next step is to …

9 November 2018

This week we continued further work on the brownfield site validator. You can now see a side-by-side comparison of some of the common errors (ie reversed GeoX and GeoY …

2 November 2018

A quiet team week with just two of us in the office. Adam continued to iterate the brownfield sites validator and we revisited the collector for continuous validation. Paul joined …

26 October 2018

The team has been working on the brownfield sites validator iterating the data model so we can understand the history of changes to registers. Of the 381 registers we have found …

19 October 2018

The team visited the excellent Living with Buildings exhibition ahead of retrospective and roadmapping sessions in Camden. We were particularly surprised by the invective Charles …

12 October 2018

Along with colleagues in the developer contribution policy team we met with one of the 3rd party suppliers of Section 106 management software. It was a productive meeting where we …

5 October 2018

We did some further work on the brownfield site validator, this was demoed by Adam in the show and tell on Thursday 4th. We also continued to add content to the Digital Land …

28 September 2018

Over the past week the team have been looking at the following things: Section 106 and Viability Assessments We’ve been working closely with the Planning Policy Team and Local …

3 August 2018

This week the team continued working on Section 106. We met with Southwark Council who told us about the work their team are doing around collecting and publishing Section 106 …

27 July 2018

This week the Digital Land Services team ran their first show and tell where we talked about some of our findings from discovery, and demoed an early view of the ‘brownfield sites …

15 June 2018

We were joined this week by Matt Lucht, our new delivery manager, Michael Nottingham, our new part-time content editor and by Alex Blandford, a user researcher working for Rose. …

8 June 2018

Rose has been recruiting participants to give us insight into how the brownfield registers were made, and if they are working for users. We were joined by Alex Blandford, who has …

1 June 2018

More than 40 people came to our open meeting where we gleaned many insights from users of land and housing data. Next week the team are focussing their research on analysing the …