We are going to produce a toolkit that will equip individuals, communities, Housing Associations, Community Councils, schools, business, as well as campaign groups to play an active role in improving and ensuring delivery of high quality routes that connect communities to each other and the places they work and play. The development of routes that have a real impact on the numbers of people walking and cycling will ...more »
How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?
This GeoVation Challenge is now closed. The winners of this Challenge were
My Home Energy Planner £25,000
Democratising Development (now 'Land Unlocked') £24,000
Before you submit an idea please read the problems we identified and register or log in to the Challenge. You can also comment on or rate ideas
The best ideas can win a slice of £101,000 in funding to develop innovative ventures that make best use of Ordnance Survey data and Land Registry licensable data, technology and good design to address the problems
The problems are grouped into 4 main themes:
Theme 1: Affordability
Theme 2: Availability
Theme 3: Accessibility & Infrastructure
Theme 4: Assets (best use of)
Please state which theme your ideas addresses.
The challenge ran from 10 September 2014 to 19 November 2014 (12noon).
It's hard finding a good balance between commuting and affordable living, especially in large urban areas. Whether you are looking for a job or looking for a home, the calculator will help you take your needs into account, based on your financial circumstances. Parameters such as your desired or actual salary, travel cost and travel time will be used to suggests which neighbourhoods you should be considering or how far ...more »
We believe that Smart Cities cannot exist without smart citizens. And smart citizens are those who employ data to make decisions about their life and living environment. But nowadays only few people use it, because it takes time and knowledge to understand this data. we want to create a single platform for all necessary information about neighborhoods and a platform for communities discussions about the changes that has ...more »
The affordability and suitability of a property should be measured in more than simply it's rental or purchase value and we intend to create a web-service that does just this. For example, it may be that by living 2 miles further from work housing costs (rent, tax) are significantly reduced, but transport costs are increased. So what is the overall cost of living in that property over a 10 year period? Also add into ...more »
Research reveals a lack of understanding amongst practitioners, professionals, housing providers, and developers of how neighbourhoods can be transformed to provide better places to live. Despite there being no shortage of research or guidance from the built environment sector on what makes a better place to live, there is little evidence that this guidance is actually being put into practice. As we have limited land ...more »
There is a huge amount of previously developed land that is available for redevelopment across the UK. The opportunity for sustainable reuse is on a national scale. We will develop a national-level, publicly available web portal that enables individuals and groups to search for land and/or property that is available and suitable for reuse, either as temporary (meanwhile) use or sustainable development.
There are countless derelict buildings and plots of land around the country both within urban areas and in rural areas which scream out I need TLC. As a nation we have concerns regarding greenbelt developments and have a massive housing shortage, but allow the empty house to exist and builing plots within urban areas to become overgrown and unsightly. many families would jump at the chance to own such a site or building ...more »
Using re-cycled materials and a limited amount of other materials it is possible to build, low cost homes, energy efficient and available for all who wants to live off grid.
There are plenty of derelict and run down buildings in parks, community spaces as well as streets which need investment and local community love. The problem is how do people know where they are what the local community level of demand is to renovate them. This is particularly relevant for local authorities
Many online improvement services are effective but constrained, initiatives such as Fix My Street focus upon issues with existing infrastructure rather than suggestions for improvements. “IWLINM” allows anyone to suggest something new in an unconstrained manner, be it a disabled ramp up some steps, a corner shop to buy newspapers, some tree planting or maybe even a suggestion to rename a street. These suggestions can ...more »
Its very difficult to find land for housing development. Undertaking an initial site assessment is a necessary part of any land search but is very time consuming and technical to undertake. It involve understanding the local area prices, what risks are associated with a piece of land, what is the planning history of a site, what is the site boundary and who owns it. Much of the information is in the public domain but ...more »
We can all live in better places simply by getting involved. We all know the empty, unloved corners of our neighbourhoods. It might be that derelict building down the road, the empty garages around the corner, the unused car park at work or even the large overgrown garden next door. Well curse and swear no longer. Whether you are a land owner, a neighbour, a potential self-builder or simply a passer by, you can help ...more »
The creation of a trail or route which links isolated rural and urban communities in Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire, via a series of contemplative markers or 'contemplations seats'. The sites must be accessible for pedestrians, cyclists or by public transport links. Within a 25 mile radius of Bedford town centre there a unique mixture of communities with differing cultural heritages and identities and ...more »
Second (and more) homes contribute to the housing shortage and to house price inflation. But politicians don't seem too interested - perhaps because many of them have second homes! This idea is to develop a GIS by combining OS and LR data to identify second homes, map them and present an independent report on their effect on the housing market and the potential for freeing up this resource for people who need houses.
Planning authorities are very powerful bodies in the UK. At present most homes are barely affordable to new entrants to the market. If plaaning authorities were to impose conditions on new builds in brownfield and urban areas, this problem could remedied. They should enforce 3 storey construction on all new builds. New builds should have a ground floor flat and 1st and 2nd floor traditional family residence. This emulates ...more »