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/ 4 December 2014

New mapping software to visualize development-led change

All over London, regeneration projects are changing the face of our city. With new homes and businesses, parishes and their identity is being shaped by change. So how can we engage with regeneration for the benefit of our local communities and the church?

Since 2008, the Strategic Development team have used mapping systems to collate relevant data sets to give a clear picture of the effect of regeneration. Groundwork London, a charitable trust with community focus, have a platform which brings together information from local, regional and national bodies, including plans from Local Authorities and the Greater London Authority. Using this map, census information, planning permissions, housing development plans, and deanery and parish boundaries can be plotted, in order to explore our changing city at a street-by-street level. Training is needed to use these tools with confidence and to good effect.

In recent months, work has been done to update the existing map, both in content and functionality. The more recent 2011 census data has been incorporated, and regeneration plans have been updated to factor in economic and political factors. The system and interface have been updated to include an export and print function, improved search facility, and an interactive feature to enable pop-out information about particular points, such as parish churches.

It is anticipated that the new map will continue to support work around development-led change within the Diocese. Recently, a group of clergy and lay-leaders from Enfield deanery used the software to visualize development sites in Meridian Water, Edmonton Green, Ponders End and New Southgate, which will have a significant impact on their local ministry. This training evening helped them to engage with the forthcoming changes, and facilitated discussion on partnerships which could enable ministry in these new places.

To explore the updated mapping software for yourself, visit the Strategic Development Map.

Written by Elizabeth Harrison, from the Strategic Development Team.

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