Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Demolition Man

If you’ve ever endured the noise and inconvenience caused by neighbours and their DIY projects, spare a thought for Lucy Grothier. Lucy, who lives in a Regency semi in Twickenham, was at home when a bulldozer began to demolish the adjoining property.

Location of Demolished Property in Trafalgar Road Conservation Area
John Johnson, the owner of the property in question, had been granted planning permission for an extension and basement. While this work would have involved partial demolition, he decided that it would make more sense to demolish the entire building and start from scratch.

Mr Johnson was fined a record £80,000 plus costs for flouting planning rules within a conservation area.

Detailed information about conservation areas can be found at, where you can also view information about built heritage and, indeed, planning applications.

Further valuable information can be found under planning applications on the FIND web portal. This layer displays details of all planning applications for properties, whether granted, refused or pending. The applications can be filtered to display information by month, year, size, property type, development type or status of application.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Reduced Ordnance Survey map prices and simpler licensing on FIND Maps

This month we’re introducing two important changes to our Ordnance Survey products. The first is substantial price reductions OS MasterMap exports. The second is simplified licensing for many Ordnance Survey maps & data.

Price reductions

FIND Maps is delighted to be able to offer significant price reductions on exports of OS MasterMap. As can be seen from the following table, the greater the area, the more dramatic the saving:
Table of sample OS MasterMap (high density) data export price reductions (All prices ex-VAT)
The following graph clearly shows that FIND Maps offers excellent value for money on OS MasterMap exports:

OS MasterMap (high density) export pricing from FIND Maps as at August 2011 (All prices ex-VAT)
Further details about these changes can be found on our price list.

Simplified licensing arrangements

The Standard Licensed Use (SLU) now replaces the old Plan, Design & Build and Internal Business Use licences. This simplifies licensing arrangements for a range of Ordnance Survey maps and data.

Other benefits of the new SLU:
All changes to Ordnance Survey licences have been incorporated by FIND Maps and each Ordnance Survey export now automatically contains a PDF of the document.

Further details can be found on the FIND Maps website at SLU.