Future Cities Catapult, the government-supported centre of excellence in urban innovation, has unveiled £100,000 of funding for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to demonstrate how user focused design, data and digital innovation can improve the UK’s planning system.
The open call for funding follows a recent report published by Future Cities Catapult, which found that innovation in the planning system is sparse, with few local areas adopting digital and data-driven techniques across the planning process.
The winning SMEs will receive between £10,000-£20,000 each to develop and demonstrate concepts and prototypes that address the challenges identified by current planning systems.
Launched in October, the Future of Planning project aims to build a picture of a faster, more transparent and equitable planning system. As part of this programme, Future Cities Catapult have appointed architects, planners, citizen engagement specialists, academics and developers to form a sounding board which is shaping the research, as well as providing two innovators sessions with start ups, SMEs and planning researchers to generate ideas for change.
Stefan Webb, Future Cities Catapult head of projects, said: “We’re very excited to be launching the Future of Planning Open Call to support UK SMEs to build a planning system that works even harder for planners, communities and developers.”
He added: “Here at Future Cities Catapult we actively engage high-growth businesses to drive innovation for urban development. If you have ideas on planning systems, how to increase certainty for developers, and how to enable communities to understand and engage with planning, then I encourage you to take part in our open call.” don’t forget to click here to visit our new blog.
The deadline for applications is midnight on 26 January 2017.