Scottish Government Digital Planning open innovation challenge

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Scottish Government Digital Planning

Can we use technology and data to improve the reach and quality of public engagement in the planning system?

Scotland is determined to create a world leading digital planning system. The current system is in need of development to take advantage of all the advances in technology over the past decade.

People care deeply about their communities and their local streets, spaces and places. However there is fairly limited demographic that engages with planning and the important decisions that affect communities. 

This challenge is focused on supporting engagement, particularly at the early stage when local plans are being developed and there is the greatest opportunity to influence the outcome of the process. 

This way we can help to ensure places meet the needs and aspirations of the communities and citizens who will live and work in or visit them. Solving this will make the entire process more democratic and enable communities to genuinely shape the future of their places.

There’s the opportunity to enhance understanding of the planning process, and encourage collaboration from the outset. So any potential solution will need to help communities and the individuals in them assess the impact of changes on local facilities and infrastructure, and provide a way for them to express their views and vision.

So, how can we use technology and data to improve the reach and quality of public engagement in the planning system?

The deadline for this challenge is 2 July 2018. 

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