Land faces competing demands from housing, planning, infrastructure, farming, food production, carbon sequestration, flood protection, habitat creation, and underground mineral and geothermal resources.
Demands on land are expected to increase with the need to reach target reductions in net zero greenhouse gas emissions, build more affordable and sustainable homes, and deliver over £600bn of infrastructure investment over the next five years to Build Back Better.
The pilots for the programme will deliver a blueprint for land use data improvement priorities, evidence about how to overcome the data access challenges, and test the benefits of a common UK-wide platform for land use data.
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“To make the right choices about how we use our land, we need to ensure that the relevant data are available,” stated Lord True, minister of state at the cabinet office.
“The National Land Data Programme pilots will provide insights into the current data access challenges to help improve data that supports effective decision making and contributes towards critical government priorities, including working towards net zero and housing development.”
Sir Bernard Silverman, chair at the Geospatial Commission, added: “Having recently been appointed chair of the Geospatial Commission, I am excited to see the launch of the National Land Data Programme pilots.
“They will be critical in delivering improved access to better location data, one of the key commitments made in the UK Geospatial Strategy.”