|Supporting Planning activities with GIS|
Scotland, Local Housing Strategies and Housing Context Statements.
Communities Scotland - and its predecessor Scottish Homes - use a methods called Local Housing System Analysis and Local Housing Strategies to ascertain the issues facing housing and regeneration across Scotland's urban and rural communities. GIS is a key software tool which supports these methods. Why? The reason is simple - we are concerned with people and place.
The relationship between housing, the availability of services, economic and other contextual issues is defined by geography: all these characteristics are inherently geographic.
GIS is used to highlight relationships and identify patterns through time and space. Other systems (such as statistical packages) may be used to analyse data, but in many cases geography is the only common factor between datasets. For this reason alone GIS is an essential tool.
|(page updated ) Neil Mackinnon|