Sid Ryan wanted to see if planning applications near planning committee members were more or less likely to be accepted. Here’s how he did it:
While researching Hammersmith and Fulham councillors’ registers of interest for a feature, I began looking into the council’s planning applications database.
By joining up the council’s data and presenting it on a simple map I could show the building hotspots and make accessing public data much easier, even if I didn’t find the undue influence by councillors I was looking for.
Below is a guide to making the map itself, and another post to follow will go through adding the councillors details and researching them using public records. Continue reading