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FIND July 2010 Newsletter

Recent changes in the regulations to curb so-called 'Garden Grabbing' has created a real headache for many planners and developers. The changes, a redefining of brownfield land to exclude gardens, and the abolishing of targets for minimum housing density, means that it's easier for councils to resist applications from developers to build in back gardens. This will hurt the developers who often use this kind of land for their developments, forcing them to look even harder for suitable alternatives. In order to capitalise on a reduced number of sites, planners and developers are forced to rely more and more on desktop site analysis to determine suitability, project costs and highlight potential issues.

Here at FIND, we offer a wide selection of tools and information to aid site analysis for planning and development professionals, from planning constraint mapping and Ordnance Survey mapping, aerial photography and our new Land Registry service. We aim to help planners and developers take the initiative and maximise the potential of the sites they do have access to, while avoiding costly issues like searching for information and the need for site visits, secure in the knowledge that our data is regularly updated, instantly accessible and easily shared with colleagues.

Mariam Crichton

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  • Purchase comprehensive address information for residential, business and public postal addresses across Great Britain - available instantly through FIND.
  • Easily target and access the addresses you require for your project work, marketing and spatial analysis - ideal for site research and mail outs.
  • With FINDs complete address solution you get full postal addresses along with useful information regarding the property, including detailed property use information, for example an address can be classified as 'Retail', then 'Shopping', then 'Superstore' and then as a 'Supermarket' - allowing you to get a full picture of an area.

"FIND is a leading provider of location data and Ordnance Survey is delighted to partner with them to support the land and property market, helping customers to make better decisions."

- Dan Huges, Ordnance Survey Land & Property Sector Manager


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