January 03, 2012
UPDATED: Now allows you to filter based on a comma-separated list of wards! More accurate application geolocation data based on eastings/northings! Wicked, yo! See below!
Ever wanted a way to learn about planning applications and appeals in the London borough of Hackney? The borough council’s website has an ASP-driven search tool for both applications and appeals, but no way to get the latest ones in something as convenient as an RSS feed.
For a combined listing of both applications and appeals, regardless of geolocation success, use:
For just applications, use:
For just appeals, use:
New! To return only records in specific wards, use ward=[comma-separated list of wards]
To output only records with latitude/longitude data, add &strict=true to the end. See note below.
To see how this could be used in a more interesting way than just Google Reader, check out this RSSMapper Google Maps/geoRSS mashup I made.
Special thanks to Ross Jones who spent over an hour helping me figure out why my regex wouldn’t work with the Hackney Council planning application search output.