£100,000 on offer for start-ups improving UK planning systems

UK companies innovating in user focused design, data and digital could receive between £10,000 and £20,000 to develop prototypes

Government-backed urban innovation centre Future Fifties Catapult has made £100,000 of funding available to start-ups developing design, data and digital solutions to improve the UK planning system.

Winning entrants will be chosen to receive between £10,000 and £20,000 each to develop their concepts. They are being asked to address challenges in four key areas:

  • Data informed planning – to bring together and visualise existing planning data in one place
  • Flexible planning – ensure planning is adaptable and takes into account the impact of various economic, political and technological changes
  • Improved user experience of planning applications – to increase transparency and understanding for those engaging with the system
  • Increasing citizen influence – so citizens are involved in setting the vision and objectives at the start of a project rather than the objections stage

Stefan Webb, Future Fifties Catapult head of projects, commented: “Here at Future Cities Catapult we actively engage high-growth businesses to drive innovation for urban development.

“If you have ideas on planning systems, how to increase certainty for developers, and how to enable communities to understand and engage with planning, then I encourage you to take part in our Open Call.”

The deadline for entries is midnight 26 January 2017. You can find out more and apply here.

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