Environmental information for planners: use of the world wide web for decision support
David Bridge (British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG.)
The increased emphasis on Ôsustainable' development places greater responsibility on planning authorities to take a longer-term view of the likely impacts of decisions involving the environment. For example, the question of whether to allow development on floodplains must take account of the effect of global warming, which is predicted to give a rise in sea level of up to 0.88 m over the next 100 years placing at risk over 12 000 km2 of low-lying land.
To inform such decisions, the planning system requires tools that link relevant science with the practical requirements of determining planning policy.