Natural neighbourhoods - free open definitions of places where people live and work

Natural neighbourhoods can be defined by anyone to map custom areas that better represent real meaningful areas. Once published, these geographies are shared as open data, so everyone can benefit from the same precise definitions.

Use these pages to

examine areas

Examine both official and unofficial types of area

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Pick the type of area at the top of this page. Use the map and then the area type details tab to see how the area type is defined and what areas of that type exist.

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Pick a specific area at the top of the page or from the map to see its details.

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Pick how the area is broken down at the top of the page to see small areas that fit into it.

add links

Link your own web pages and documents to areas so others can discover them

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Sign in (register first if you have not already done so) and use the “add document or link” button on the area details tab to record your link. It will be shown to everyone viewing or downloading the area

add areas

Add new areas of existing types (eg town centres)

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Search in the box above for an area type to use and check its suitability in the area type details tab. If it’s the right type for you, pick it, sign in and select add new area to define a new area of that type. The help pages give more guidance.

add areas

Define new types of area

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If there is no suitable existing area type you can sign in and add a new one via the add new area type page. Use the help pages for guidance on how to define the type. You can say if other people are allowed to create areas of your type.

Further information

This site is moderated by a support team who will validate area and area types that you finalise. They help maintain the quality of the areas defined. Contact them if you have any queries.

If you use the LG Inform Plus reports or you are a programmer using its API, you will find that new areas are automatically made available through those tools.

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Types which contain

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Resources

The following documents and links are related to and were uploaded by users of this tool.
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An area type cannot be edited when it has been marked as final.
An area type cannot be edited when it is not the selected type.
Only the owner can edit this area.

Create an area type

Area types are used to categorise areas. For example "Country" could be an area type, and England, Scotland and Wales would be areas of this type. Similarly "City" could be a type and Manchester, Southampton, London and Liverpool would be areas of this type.

Using common area types means that anyone can add areas. This allows us to do more valuable comparisons across areas and you to create more powerful reports.

Here are some common area types that you may want to use when creating your own neighbourhood areas:

  • Council group - lets you group councils for disparate purposes such as aggregating metrics across councils or viewing together all wards in several councils
  • Shared services council - for areas comprising two or more councils that share the delivery of services
  • Local Area Partnership - for areas that normally fit within a single council. Used where services are delivered within specific boundaries. You can also use this for general definitions of areas within a council boundary
  • Neighbourhood plan area - for neighbourhoods proposed or designated in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012

Existing area types

Do we already have the area type you wish to use? If so please use the existing type.

Can't find your area type in the list?

You can create your own. Please note that this is an advanced feature and a little understanding of areas hierarchy is useful. We have comprehensive help documentation that we recommend you read before you start. If you're unsure how to continue please email our dedicated support team at support@esd.org.uk who will be happy to guide you through the process.
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Create Update an area type

This is what your area type will be called. e.g. Town centre
This name already exists, please choose another or use the existing area type.
A code used in links, up to 7 alphanumeric characters, e.g. TC for town centre
This identifier already exists, please choose another.
This will be used as a prefix when generating codes for areas of this type. Up to 7 characters. Only alphanumeric characters are valid. e.g. if TC the first area with an auto-generated identifier will be TC-1
Optional. Describe your area type to other people
You can separate multiple names with commas
You can separate multiple links with commas.
If checked only you can create areas of this type.
Group of other area types. Areas cannot be created directly for this type.

Set the parent area types

  • every area needs a parent area
  • a parent area is the area that contains your area
  • if your area doesn't fit into any other area, choose world (everything fits on the world)
  • here, you are picking the appropriate type of the parent area (e.g. if the parent area might be England, then the type would be Country)
Without gaps, e.g. London boroughs within the region 'London'.
e.g. school catchment areas within the county.
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Your area type has been created!

That's it. You're done.

You might want to add child area types too. These are the little areas that make up the area you're creating, for example, a town centre might span a few LSOAs but not entire wards. See our help pages for more information (opens in a new window).

Will the areas of this type that you add all fit in to the parent type with no gaps?
Will the areas you add of this type overlap each other?
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It will be shown on the map as

Status

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URI for this area

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Resources

The following documents and links are related to and were uploaded by users of this tool.
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We do not have any documents or links for . Add the first one.

Parent areas

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Child areas

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Child areas are categorised into different child types. Select the required one below to view child areas of that type. Click CSV to download the child areas as a CSV.

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The type of the area expand Unsure which area type to use? Learn about existing types or create new ones, or chat with one of our team.
The selected area type "" can only have areas added to it by its owner "". Please contact support@esd.org.uk if you believe you should be able to add areas of this type.
The name of the area
Optional. Omit to auto-generate. Will be used in URLs and the URI to identify the area. Only alphanumeric characters are valid.
You can separate multiple names with commas
You can separate multiple links with commas.
The colour used to show the area on the maps
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