A remote, virtual world needs a remote, virtual planning system.
Virtualise the planning system.
Require BIM (Building Information Modelling) digital 3D models to be included in planning application submissions.
Back in 2011 the government set a deadline that in 2016 all public construction projects would be required to meet BIM Level 2 standards. This put rocket boosters under the architectural and construction industries and did more for technological advancement in AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) than any previous policy. Another such milestone is needed. This milestone should be mandatory submission of a BIM model at planning stage. Why is BIM so necessary? Well it leads to reduced building costs, increased efficiencies, better accuracy, fewer mistakes, higher accountability, more accurate budgeting, faster construction times, and greater ease of understanding for planners, clients and residents. It‚’s like asking why robots are ‚’necessary‚’ in the car-manufacturing industry. If BIM models were uploaded to Planning Portal, any member of the public could easily view that model and walk around it on their screen, or even in virtual reality. This is a much more accessible medium for people than looking at architectural plans, which most find difficult to understand. The first stage is to merely allow it, and also begin to incentivise it. The way to do this is to allow .ifc files (the standard global cross-platform BIM format) to be uploaded on Planning Portal, and for this to be incentivised perhaps by reducing the time an application will take. The second stage is to make it mandatory, just like in 2016, but this time for everyone.