Understanding what people are planning to do to the physical environment in your neighbourhood often comes down to wandering around looking for those tiny signs tied to lamposts and so on.
What does PlanningAlerts.com do?
It sends you emails of any planning applications we find based on the postcode you give us when you sign up.
Unfortunately the service doesn’t (yet) cover Lewisham, but Richard was saying that he’s got plans to include lots more councils soon.
Update – where I lead The Guardian follows. 😉
over the course of five days last Christmas, he [Richard] put together planningalerts.com, hosted by the MySociety group, which “screen-scrapes” dozens of councils’ sites for the text of their planning reports, and extracts essential details such as location and postcode.
The result: a simple site that emails you if, for example, there’s an application to open a nightclub in your road, or – as happened to prompt Pope’s work, in an echo of Arthur Dent’s experience – a bulldozer turns up one day to demolish the much-loved Victorian pub around the corner from you.