UK: The South Tyneside Council of the English local authority is using the latest digital aerial survey data to update essential Council records and inform decision making. And for this task, the council has decided to take data from Bluesky aerial imageries.
By comparing the new photography with previous imagery, officers are even able to identify potential breaches of planning permission and land encroachment. Flown in 2015 and delivered to the Council in early 2016, the Bluesky high resolution aerial photography is being deployed to specialist users in Planning and Highways.
The Bluesky data is already being used across a number of strategic departments, including Planning, Highways and Asset Management. Users within Planning compare different ages of Bluesky imagery to identify suspected breaches of planning control, including developments that do not have the required planning permission as well as those that have failed to comply with conditions or limitations of granted permission. The Bluesky imagery can also be used as evidence when considering possible enforcement action.
South Tyneside Council is a long term user of aerial photography, and has worked with Bluesky for many years to ensure officers within the Council have access to the most up to date, high quality and accurate images available. “Unfortunately, due to budget restraints, we had not been able to update our aerial photography for several years,” commented Andrew Tracey, Performance and Information Officer at South Tyneside Council.
The different ages of Bluesky imagery also help the Council identify and resolve boundary disputes where residents or businesses may have encroached on Council land, while other applications of the Bluesky data include use by Officers to identify and record features not referenced on traditional map layers, such as street furniture, road markings, street lights, trees and other Council assets.