Civic Innovation Challenge
The Civic Innovation Challenge (CIC) is an annual challenge set by the Mayor of London around key challenges facing the Capital.
This year ‘democratising planning’ was highlighted as a challenge for Londoners as it has been highlighted that 45% of the UK’s population are unable to read a plan. As a result, residents can often end up objecting to a development they would have been happy to support if they had been better able to understand the development proposed.
To answer the CIC set by the Mayor of London this year, our partner SME, 3D Repo, is developing an open-source 3D planning tool to assist residents to understand development proposals and improve the user-experience and therefore the opportunity to participate in the planning process.
PlanBase is an open-source 3D planning portal where residents and planners alike can easily review planning proposals and comment on them where it matters most. Through data and smart technology, PlanBase democratises the planning process to help drive participation and engagement across all groups of people.
Through our continuous engagement with Greater London Authority (GLA), the CIC partners as well as our own research with residents and multiple planning professionals, we have identified and addressed the biggest barriers to participation during community engagement are as follows:
- A lack of proper understanding of the proposals by often poorly informed yet information-overloaded public;
- The inability to reach across all groups of people;
- The feeling of not being listened to leading towards opposition;
- The need for a narrative.