Public-sector organisations in South-West England are collaborating on a joined-up GIS project to make better use of their housing and property assets and rationalise their accommodation requirements.
Led by South Gloucestershire Council and working under the ‘Community Budgets’ initiative, the partnership is using local authorities’ Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) addressing information to provide a common reference system to enable all partner assets to be mapped and to facilitate joint working.
Alongside South Gloucestershire Council, other members of the partnership include Bristol City Council, Bath & North East Somerset Council and North Somerset Council as well as many of the area’s healthcare and emergency services.
Bristol City Council, which led the technical work, used the LLPG data from the local authority partners to create a common data format, enabling every organisation to submit its own property details in a consistent way, complete with precise location.
The result is an online mapping resource, with properties searchable by address or postcode; clicking on a building reveals its address, property classification, property reference number and contact details for the property’s manager.