Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Street View proves an excellent aid for local councillors


I followed the launch of Google’s Street View with mild interest, however at today’s ward meeting my eyes were opened to its extreme usefulness to local councillors.

Councillor Bailey & I were discussing a recently submitted planning application for development above a shop in Wallington high street. We were debating which shop it related to and whether the skyline was currently unbroken. As it was raining at the time, we were about to agree to investigate it later when I suddenly thought of Street View. In no time at all the argument was resolved and our questions answered. Even Cllr. Bailey, a proud technophobe, was impressed and urged me to investigate another planning application on our list.


Although it could not substitute for an actual site visit when an application is under detailed review, Street View will be of great assistance for making that initial assessment of whether we expect a planning application to be controversial and therefore require referral to the Development Control Committee.



March 25, 2009 - Posted by | Opinion


  1. […] Google Streetview saves councillor soaking Published March 27, 2009 Uncategorized Just seen this fantastic use of scary streetview by forward thinking Sutton councillor, had to share it. […]

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  2. it would save a lot of time and effort for councillors and save the public having to pay for expensive site visits. this could also be achieved by councillors trusting the judgements of the professionals who they employ.

    Comment by MANSEL THOMAS | July 20, 2009 | Reply

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