Planning expert system (part 4 of 4)

Despite this being a planning blog two of the top four most popular posts are not really about planning. The expert system posts have picked up a long-term steady trickle of traffic, and I suspect this is because IS students all over the world are periodically set assignments on ‘expert systems’, and the first thing they do is to follow a search engine. This, final and slightly belated post, finishes off my journey that started with the changes to some of the permitted development rules back in August 2008. Continue reading


Planning Expert System (part 3 of 4)

I had to set aside the technical component of the expert system for two reasons. One was the traditional pursuit of a nice time outdoors under canvas in the English “summer”, the other was the creation of the system content – the expertise. I hadn’t intended saying much about it, but if I’m ever in the position of doing something similar in the future I think I’d do it quite differently. Continue reading

Planning Expert System (part 2 of 4)

In part 1 of this series I described the project – to build an ‘expert system’ that would allow a user to answer a series of questions to establish whether or not they required a planning permission for their proposal.

In this edition we’ll try to establish whether there is an ‘engine’ that can do the donkey work of allowing people to walk through a series of nodes, answering questions. Continue reading