This post is by Andrew Speakman, who’s coordinating OpenlyLocal‘s planning application work.
We can now report good progress on our plan to develop community scrapers to underpin the new incarnation of PlanningAlerts.com. The plan applies to those councils that use non-standard planning systems and our latest estimate is that there are around 100 of these sites.
There are now 13 successful working scrapers with more on the way and some of the £75 bounties have already been paid out. The data from these scrapers is being regularly uploaded into OpenlyLocal using the Scraperwiki API, and you can see the results here with Crawley Council:
The list of the authorities being scraped by this method is as follows:
- East Sussex
- Isle of Wight
- Nuneaton and Bedworth
- Telford and Wrekin
This is still very much a work in…
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