London Development Database Automation ALPHA

Project details:

Organisation Greater London Authority
Department Planning
Collaboration Level Open To Conversation
Budget £50K > £100k
Key Contact Peter Kemp
Phase start 01 February 2019
Phase Estimated end 31 March 2019



The London Development Database was established in 2004 to monitor the spatial development of London.  The data to date has been collected manually and entered into a database through a portal.

Discovery research around this point concluded that this is labour intensive to operate, and the data submitted can often be inaccurate.

Consequently, a new, more relevant, database is required to replace this process as part of a wider project to automate the development data is collected and distributed.   The process of monitoring commencements and completions is similarly laborious, and any database will need to be configured to search for datasets that would indicate commencements and completions.

 We want to create the minimum viable proposition for a digital service to enable the monitoring of development in London (in one instance covering 35 LPAs), and Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon (in one single instance).  The objective being:

1.      A database which receives data from legacy systems and maps/translates it into a uniform layout.  This data includes:

a.       Numerical Data

b.      Text Data

c.       Spatial Data (including polygons)

d.      Monitoring data

2.      It will need to have some form of portal for users (boroughs) to amend the information

3.      Publish the Information through an open API

4.   The coding will need to be made available for other potential users




Status Updates

01 October 2019

  • Peter Kemp

    Alpha in Development following the appointment of WS Atkins.