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thinkWhere Online Map Service Supports Scottish Government Planning Process

The Scottish Government has awarded thinkWhere a contract to provide an online mapping service to help support the planning and building application processes in Scotland. As a newly accredited supplier to Scottish Government’s eDevelopment.scot service, the thinkWhere development allows planning applicants to create and purchase customised maps for submitting with planning and building applications based on the most detailed Ordnance Survey mapping. Applicants can now submit their plans to their local authority knowing they are using an accredited service provider with outputs that comply with the relevant standards.

To deliver the new service, thinkWhere has extended the capabilities of its existing online shop, mapTrunk (www.maptrunk.com). mapTrunk already offers a service for purchasing large scale Ordnance Survey maps as digital data extracts for using in GIS/CAD applications.

The original ePlanning system was launched in 2010 and then refreshed in 2016. Joined later in 2016 by the eBuildingStandards system, these online services allow users to prepare and submit planning and building warrant applications online, saving time as well as money for applicants and local authorities alike. eDevelopment.scot, which brings together the two services, provides a single log in point across all Scottish local and planning authorities.

“This is an important contract not only for thinkWhere but also for the future of planning and building services in Scotland,” commented Alan Moore, CEO of Stirling based thinkWhere. “Working with the Scottish Government, we can place geographic information at the heart of planning process where it truly belongs. We can make the inclusion of accurate and up-to-date maps an integral part of every development allowing for faster and more informed decision making.”

Following the recent launch of the new service, visitors to eDevelopment.scot can navigate to a Scottish Government branded landing page on thinkWhere’s online map shop mapTrunk – www.maptrunk.com/edev. Once registered, they will be guided through the process of navigating to their area of interest using a place name, street name, postcode or whats3words search. The user is then guided to annotate the base map using a set of Map Builder tools before creating a .pdf version of their output that can be uploaded with their application.