A requirement through planning, for an increasing number of Local Authorities
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Vital planning tool
The development of a digital model for London has long been called for as a vital planning tool for the city. VU.CITY is being rapidly adopted by many local authorities.
Southwark leading the way
Southwark Council is the first to formally write VU.CITY into their Planning Performance Agreement. Anyone planning major development in the Borough must submit their proposals into the Council’s VU.CITY model.
The City of London and London Boroughs of Westminster, Barking & Dagenham, Lambeth and Kingston upon Thames have all signed up with many more following suit. VU.CITY is fast becoming the industry standard method of considering development plans.
VU.CITY is being used by public sector organisations including Transport for London and Historic England. The presentation of proposals through VU.CITY will speed up engagement with statutory consultees.
Aligned with Draft London Plan
The Draft London Plan makes specific reference to the use of digital modelling encouraging its use “as part of the plan-making process to assess growth options and forms and development” and “to help identify these areas (for tall building locations), assess tall building proposals and aid public consultation and engagement”.
Embrace the change
It is vital for architects, land owners and developers to understand and plan for the use of VU.CITY as part of the development planning process.
“This is the future, physical models of London are good but they don’t tell the whole story. VU.CITY enables us to give developers a better understanding of how we want to do business and the opportunities available in our borough. It gives members of the council and local residents an understanding of how the whole borough is developing.”
“Westminster has been looking for a reliable and accurate dynamic 3D computer model for some time. VU.CITY is exactly what we were looking for and it is going to change the way planning happens in London.”