Richard Pope has released a Beta version of a site I’ve wanted to produce for a while. www.planningalerts.com uses planning application data published by local councils to alert people to planning application within a specified radius of their home (or other postcode they specify). The radius can be checked on a google map and when the alerts come in you can click on a map link to see the location or on a link to allow you to comment on the application using the council’s own planning page.
Unfortunately it can’t do magic yet and give you much in the way of detail of the application. I guess we’ll have to wait for planning departments to catch up in that respect.
Thanks to Ideal Government for the tip. And yes I did buy Richard a pint and he favours nice cheap pubs too.
Michael Cross and Charles Arthur from The Guardian have covered the site here.