Using digital information for planning applications

When it comes to preparing an application for planning permission for a residential, commercial or industrial scheme, using the digital information produced by drone technology can drastically improve your success in gaining permission.

Providing good evidence for a planning application is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when submitting an application but this doesn’t have to be a hurdle anymore as the digital information produced by drones from an aerial perspective can be the difference between success and failure.

The digital information produced by drone technology allows developers to get critical aerial evidence to help support their planning case.

Planning has been known to favour those who go above and beyond with their evidence gathering. Using digital information from drones is affordable, can be produce quickly and gives unique insights that haven’t really been available before.

2D/3D maps and models of the entire site can be created for the planning application to give planners unique insights into the site and its surrounding area.

How can digital information be used in planning applications:

  • A single HD orthophoto of the entire project can be viewed in Google Earth to understand the site in detail and its surroundings.

  • A 3D model (textured or point cloud) can be used to gain a better understanding of project from all angles.

  • Digital surface/terrain models (DSM/DTM) can be used to visualise gradient change.

  • Contour lines can be generate to understand the topography.

  • Volumes and areas can be calculated using millions of points from the point cloud.

  • Survey grade accuracy can be achieved.

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