Improving confidence in streetworks everywhere – reviewing the SWA code list

By Richard Groombridge, Product and Data Development Manager at GeoPlace If you don’t have a unique Street Works Act (SWA) code, then you cannot carry out works in the street – but the list of SWA codes itself must be usable, dependable, and authoritative. SWA Codes (also known as Department for Transport Data Capture Codes), … Continue reading Improving confidence in streetworks everywhere – reviewing the SWA code list

Where is all the greenspace?

By Elaine Nicholls, Spatial Data Analyst, GeoPlace Greenspace is essential for our well being. Being in the open air contributes to our mental and physical health and, in the UK, we’re fortunate to have a great deal of green space we can get to relatively easily. The Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (known as ANGSt), recommends … Continue reading Where is all the greenspace?

How Bounce Back Britain will benefit from using UPRNs and USRNs

By Richard Duffield, Head of Customer Insights We’re a nation supporting a robust economic recovery, and a population that wants to see progress, quickly, across all levels of government. Now Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRN) and Unique Street Reference Numbers (USRN) must now be used to identify geographic locations a, right across central government, with … Continue reading How Bounce Back Britain will benefit from using UPRNs and USRNs

Top 6 tips for establishing a location data management policy

By Simon Barlow, Executive Director of Consultancy and James Rodger, Executive Director IT Services Rapid, accurate responses have become critical to society. For health issues, particularly, it’s important to have complete confidence in the underlying data that helps us to support vulnerable people. In the wider sphere, if we want to improve the quality of … Continue reading Top 6 tips for establishing a location data management policy

Using location data to evaluate unadopted roads in Wales

By Richard Groombridge, Product and Data Development Manager, GeoPlace and and Iris Rodenbusch, Spatial Data Analyst at GeoPlace. Richard and Iris outlines a project that the Welsh Assembly engaged us to conduct on their behalf. Following a Welsh Assembly Member Debate on unadopted roads, the Minister for Economy and Transport announced a Taskforce to investigate … Continue reading Using location data to evaluate unadopted roads in Wales

Analysing the path network for Bracknell Forest Council

By Baz Lokat, Senior Consultant at GeoPlace, and Iris Rodenbusch, Spatial Data Analyst at GeoPlace. Utilities need to coordinate their work with the local authority, whether they’re working on Motorways and A roads, or footpaths running through housing estates. Every part of this activity depends on a consistent and complete view of streets in a … Continue reading Analysing the path network for Bracknell Forest Council

Could the National Street Gazetteer support biodiversity by recording roadside verges?

GeoPlace’s National Data Analyst, Matthew Van Schaick, puts forward some ideas on how the NSG could be used to record data on roadside verges.  The National Street Gazetteer (NSG) is already utilised to record environmental data under ‘special designations’, though this is an optional process.  With climate change and environmental concerns continuing to grow, can … Continue reading Could the National Street Gazetteer support biodiversity by recording roadside verges?

The Unique Property Reference Number: a game changer for the lettings industry

By Theresa Wallace, Chair of The Lettings Industry Council (TLIC). The TLIC comprises lettings experts from across the industry, including professional bodies and schemes, service providers for both landlords and tenants, and representatives from both large and small lettings agents. Government advisors also proactively attend the meetings enabling two-way feedback on current issues. Members are … Continue reading The Unique Property Reference Number: a game changer for the lettings industry

From the 1970s to July 2020

By Steve Brandwood, Executive Director of Engagement, GeoPlace. Cover image, The Council House, College Green, Bristol. This property was given the first UPRN in the National Land and Property Gazeteer, UPRN 1. With the recent announcement of the Geospatial Commission’s Strategy, a new Public Sector Geospatial Agreement in place, Open UPRN and USRN products now … Continue reading From the 1970s to July 2020

FindMyStreet – showing the name, location, USRN and maintenance responsibility for every street in England and Wales

Richard Groombridge, Product and Data Development Manager and Simon Bailey, Senior Strategic Relationship Manager, GeoPlace. We all take for granted the streets and roads around us, but how many of us have ever stopped to consider how important the information about those streets is? Without a street you can’t have properties and addresses, and they … Continue reading FindMyStreet – showing the name, location, USRN and maintenance responsibility for every street in England and Wales