Fresh thinking lands latest award shortlisting for new Council approach

 19 July 2016  |  

The Story Map brings together complex information and displays it in a simple way

The Story Map brings together complex information and displays it in a simple way

Hot on the heels of winning a prestigious UK award, South Ayrshire Council has been shortlisted for a Scottish Government award. The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning programme acknowledge achievements in planning through fresh thinking.

The Council has been shortlisted in the Plans category for its 'Story Map' which simplifies the way the Local Development Plans (LDP) is presented, in an effort to capture the interest of the public.

LDP's are infamous for being large, text-heavy documents, that can be difficult to digest. The new interactive story map integrates maps, photos and text in a way that allows users to see readily information about their local areas, zoom into maps to see individual sites, and view pictures that help bring development proposals to life.

Councillor Bill Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure Portfolio Holder said the new look document was proving popular, "Bringing planning to life isn't easy but the number of people who have looked at the new story map in just a few months has dwarfed the old paper document's performance over the course of an entire year.

"By using text, pictures and interactive maps people can get access to a huge amount of information at the click of a button.

"It's fantastic to have been shortlisted for this high profile award, and I wish the team every success ahead of the awards ceremony later this year."

The Story Map approach has already been recognised after the Council won the Esri UK Customer Success Awards earlier this year. The LDP Story Map was developed jointly by the Council's Development Planning and web teams.