Laura Sharman 22 October 2019

Local data opened up to create 'digital revolution' in property sector

Housing minister, Esther McVey, has announced a series of measures to help create a ‘digital revolution’ in the property sector.

This includes making Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) data available for the first time and enabling PropTechs to obtain energy performance certificates and the square footage information of properties.

A national index of all brownfield data will also be created to help developers find brownfield land to build on.

Ms McVey said: ‘Whatever homebuyers prioritise, whether it’s the quality of local schools, the probability of getting a seat on a train, or having easy access to leisure facilities, this technology could transform the way we find and purchase homes.

‘And new technology will link builders to brownfield sites more easily, enhance how developers engage with local communities, help builders deliver new homes and modernise the way we buy and sell land and houses, cutting the time it takes to get housing from the drawing board to families getting the keys.’

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