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Small Sites in the news

Our Small Sites work was mentioned in an article in the Sunday Times last weekend.

The article, by Hugh Graham, discussed how the development of small sites could provide much-needed new homes and provided several case studies for how architects have made clever use of narrow passageways and backland plots to create desirable new homes.

Our “Small Sites Near Me” got a mention in the section on how to locate similar opportunities in your local area.

You can read more on the Time’s website, here.

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Updates: 9 July 2020

Page Design

  • Small update to vector maps to better show the currently selected borough
  • Corrected an error which crept into the Coronavirus dashboard graphs
  • Updated coding to enable links to specific pages from within London map rather than just to borough page
  • Added new page showing green belt figure data for individual boroughs, together with associated mapping (including areas of ITP London Plan policy H2 which overlaps with designated green belt)

Data

  • Updated planning maps, now including TfL and other stations
  • Added new dataset – total area of borough which is both within designated green belt land, and also London Plan small sites policy H2 zone
  • Added new data for mortality rates due to Coronavirus, and updated the Coronavirus dashboard accordingly
  • Updated green belt figures based on our own GIS mapping rather than external datasets. This came about because it appears there’s a very small area within Greenwich which falls under green belt designation which was excluded from the CPRE data we’d been using previously
  • Added new map showing all of London’s green belt, togther with those green belt areas falling within the H2 zone
  • Updated Corona virus stats for 7 July 2020

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Updates: 9 June 2020

Page Design

  • Added Air Quality data to the London Borough page – the data already existed but there was no way of viewing it
  • We’ve added a new page which allows the comparison of any dataset on the site to be compared with any other. This isn’t quite ready for primetime yet (and there’s a question over how useful this is), so it’s not included on the main page menu yet. But if you want to check it out, you can do so here.

Data

  • Included new section “Golf courses” within borough data pages, providing following statistics. This data is based on the Ordnance Survey’s “green space” GIS dataset, updated April 2020. We’ve filtered the data using the term “golf” and merged all areas matching this criteria within each borough to provide an overall figure. Where golf courses overlap a borough boundary the area of that course has been split between the two boroughs accordingly. From this we’ve created the following data:
    • Total area of golf courses within each borough
    • Percentage area of borough occupied by golf courses
    • Housing capacity (based on existing density) of golf courses
  • Derived a new dataset from the GIS system showing the area of golf courses which do not sit within designated green belt (although note that we have not checked for other protections, eg. metropolitan open land). This has been used to generate a notional figure for new homes at existing borough densities if these areas were released for development (although a golf course which sits partially within greenbelt would presumably lose some of its holes, so the remaining area might not be much use as a golf club any more).

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Updates: 20 May 2020

Page Design

  • Because some of the Shelter data is incomplete, fields with no available data (as opposed to a figure of zero) are now filtered out to avoid confusion. NULL values may still show in some areas of the site; these will be removed in a future update

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Updates: 15 May 2020

Page Design

  • London map rollover functions and clarity improved
  • New site icon
  • Text updates to Small Sites page, including improvements to borough naming
  • Cosmetic updates to styling to improve readability on mobile devices
  • Added new page showing design review panels across London
  • Added new pie chart for some data sets where
  • Added random “related” link at base of each data page
  • General improvements in coding to increase clarity

Data

  • Included data for Section 78 planning appeals (decided and allowed) for period April 2018 to March 2019
  • Included full list of dates of adoption of Local Plans for all boroughs, City of London Corporation, and Mayoral Development Corporations

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Updates: 10 May 2020

Page design

  • Template updated to show wider central column on desktops
  • Consistent appearance of headings across all pages
  • Included bar chart at base of all ranking pages
  • Rollovers for London map with selected borough emphasised with bolder line
  • Added new “update” page to explain changes to site

Data

  • Added dataset on car ownership (number of licensed vehicles), based on DfT 2018 data, with the following calculations:
    • Number of licensed vehicles (cars only), 2018
    • Change in number of licensed vehicles (cars), 2004 – 2018
    • Number of licensed cars per head of population, 2018
    • Vehicle density
  • Updated Coronavirus statistics based on 9 May 2020 data
  • Added new category “Housing Stock” with associated data

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