Local Government Web-based Services for Neighbourhood Planning

Richard Kingston, Vasileios Vlastaras

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This chapter looks at the use of a web-based PSS to support participation in the development of a neighbourhood plan in England, a new community led approach to planning. We outline the development of the toolkit, the capabilities and functions of the system and how it dealt with baseline analysis, participatory mapping and some of the monitoring and evaluation functions. The aim of our work was to assist in overcoming one of the great challenges facing communities wishing to develop their own plans and the difficulties they face in mobilising technical and planning expertise, in particular to meet the legal requirement to produce the evidence base for the neighbourhood. We report on the development and deployment of the toolkit and then discuss the lessons and what we see as future improvements. Many of the challenges around user engagement still persist today as they did 20 years ago when we first start this type of work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Planning Support Science
EditorsStan Geertman, John Stillwell
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 78897 108 9
ISBN (Print)978 1 78897 107 2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • Neighbourhood planning
  • web-GIS
  • Participation
  • Community engagement


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