Neighbourhood Planning Project
This project is currently testing potential for using OSM to store and share information about Neighbourhood Plans in England.
I am currently focusing on two aspects:
1. experimenting with different methods to capture and digitise Neighbourhood Plan boundaries
2. experimenting with OSM tags as a means to uniquely identify and re-use Neighbourhood Plan data.
If it works, my hope is that the project will:
1. encourage and involve local communities, e.g. to contribute mapping about planning and the environment in their local area; and
2. enable interactive tools to be built using an OSM-based map
The test dataset is based on 18 designated Neighbourhood Plan areas in mid-sussex.
I am currently working my way through these areas, capturing and digitising neighbourhood plan boundaries, as published by Mid Sussex District Council .
The boundaries for individual Neigbourhood Plan areas are defined in various ways. The three main variations in the test dataset are:
- areas based on a full Civil Parish boundary. For these, I have re-used the polygon defined by Ordnance Survey, in its latest (May 2012) Boundary-Line product.
- areas based on partial Civil Parish boundaries. For these, I have again used OS's polygon, then edited it to fit the boundary described in the papers published by Mid Sussex District
- areas based on other boundaries - e.g. town councils - to be digitised based on boundaries published by Mid Sussex.
I have used the following OSM tag combination to uniquely identify each Neighbourhood Plan area:
These reflect the fact that Neighbourhood Plan areas are an official layer in the administrative geography (boundary=administrative), but different to other designated areas (hence designation=neighbourhood_plan). They are also typically set at a level equivalent to Parish councils (hence admin_level=10).
I have included additional tags to provide further information about each area where this is available. Individual areas can contain one or more tags from the following list: