Histon and Impington Parish Council have also used OS data to underpin their neighbourhood planning.
Whether it’s highlighting areas at risk from flooding – so that members of the community can make sure they’re protected – or gathering local views on a development proposal, location data is key to informed decision-making.
"It’s really important to know you’ve got good coverage of the community, so it’s neighbourhood planning made by the neighbourhood. That means you need a map."
To get members of the local community outside and help improve their wellbeing, Histon and Impington Parish Council have found a creative use for OS data – producing a public art map.
They mapped the location of over 20 outdoor art pieces, including work by nationally recognised sculptors.
Using AddressBase data, the council have been able to effectively reach out to members of the local community, record the response, and map out those who’ve made contributions, to help in planning the next stage of their campaign.
One of the art pieces has since been used as a navigation aid for those visiting the village, visitors advised to “turn left just before the camel”.