LandInsight 2021 – a year in review

16th December 2021

2021 has been an unusual year. 

But, in spite of all that uncertainty, it’s been a pretty big year for LandInsight users, seeing them rack up bigger numbers than ever before:

  • Planning applications viewed – 4,826,052 (up 43.4% on last year)
  • Comparables searches – 2,544,553 (up 44.6% on last year)
  • Land Registry documents purchased – 208,705 (up 42.2% on last year)
  • Comparable reports downloaded – 64,121 (up 27.1% on last year)

Total time saved
434,232 hours

Total value of staff time saved (assuming £30-per-hour salary)
More than £13m

And of course, we've added a lot more features to help in other ways too.

 

New features

In total, we had more than 800 feature requests in 2021. Some big, some small, many conflicting with each other, so choosing what to work on can be a big challenge.

That said, we’ve added some pretty big features in 2021 by focusing on those changes we know will have a big impact, including:

  • The Power layer

You can now see data on power substation location and capacity, helping you to choose the best locations for different project types.

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So, whether you’re after the perfect place for that wind farm you’re considering, or trying to find somewhere that can handle the 100+ homes you’ve got the funding for, you can now get the info you need right on your map.

To prevent cluttering the interface for people who don’t need it, we only activate the Power layer on request. But it’s completely free, so if you’re interested just contact the Customer Success team.

You can learn more about the Power layer here.

 

  • Leasehold data

You can now access leasehold data directly through your LandInsight account too. 

That means you can see the info you need without needing to pay £3 for the Land Registry document, potentially saving a lot of money (and time) in the process. 

There are plenty of ways to get started, so here are five ideas on how to use commercial leasehold data.

 

  • Drawing on maps

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This was a big feature, both in terms of the number of users requesting it and the technical work that went into building it, but it was well worth it.

You can now add notes, shapes, labels, and generally customise your maps in the ways that work best for you.

In fact, here are ten ways you can use it to start boosting your results.

 

  • Land Assembly tool

You can now combine separate sites (even non-adjacent ones) into a single project via the Land Assembly tool. 

This makes it easier than ever to keep track of all the moving parts. Less manual work and stress, plus better results.

If you’ve never tried a Land Assembly project before, download our complete guide to Land Assemblies for free.

 

It’s not just features, we launched an entirely new product too

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2021 saw us launch LandFund – a better way to complete development appraisals. And we made it free for users too.

(You can read more about why we made LandFund free here).

Building LandFund on its own would have been a challenge, but making sure it worked effortlessly with LandInsight, so users could save a site and complete the appraisal seamlessly, was a big part of the plan.

We’re really proud of the result, and we know that users are loving the LandFund experience.

 

What’s coming up next?

As a result of the £42m investment, 2022 promises to be an even bigger year.

We’re expanding the Product team even further. In March there were seven of us. Now? There are over 20 (including a newly-formed data team who will specialise in adding new datasets we know will unlock additional opportunities for you).

All that extra experience and knowledge will mean we can deliver even more for you.

In fact, to really make the most of it, we’re rebuilding LandInsight from the ground up – adding in new tech and processes that weren’t possible when we started because they simply didn’t exist (tech moves fast).

We can’t give too much away, but to give you a teaser, we’re currently working on:

  • Improvements to the Planning layer

  • More accurate data for planning applications

  • Better Planning Policy layer content

  • Enhanced Comparables data

And that’s just for starters.

So, in short, we’ve got big things coming. And we think you’re going to love them.

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Duncan is the Director of Product here at LandTech, deciding on what we work on and how we make it happen. Well before LandTech, he used to be a bookseller where, unknowingly, he once gave some unsolicited (but graciously received) travel advice to Queen Sofía of Spain.