Outputs from UDM are spatial maps of future development for a given scenario, showing where expected residential will take place under the input planning attractors and constraints. These patterns can be tested against policy objectives, such as natural capital loss or development within walking distance of public transport hubs, or used as drivers for infrastructure demand modelling.
Spatial patterns of infrastructure demand
The development of UDM as part of ITRC MISTRAL has allowed new insights into the potential impact of population change on urban growth, and therefore spatial patterns of infrastructure demand. By coupling UDM to the work at the University of Leeds on SIMIM and population projections, a new set of spatial development scenarios for the Arc region have been developed.
Informing planing policy decisions
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