'Community' is the most recent addition to our 12 building attribute categories. It has been added following to support research into the use of land in London allocated, owned and used for public/community use.

The vast majority of land in London is, and has historically been, privately owned, ranging from a single small plot to large-scale estates, including land belonging to the Crown. Our interest here is not in capturing data on the privately owned buildings that comprise most of the stock,  but instead on the other buildings designed or repurposed for public benefit and community use.

Collecting and collating this information allows for loss or gain of publicly owned/communal land in the city to be tracked over time, and  for consequent impact on urban sustainability and citizen well being to be analysed. This approach is in line with social equity objectives set out in the United Nations New Urban Agenda (Habitat III). 

Further datasets and sites of relevance include restricted Land Registry data held by HM Treasury at- detailed information on land ownership linking to the parcels is available on a paid for basisand where open geometry for land ownership parcels are available through  the EU's INSPIRE initiative, (though data restrictions exist for on third party use).   Sites collecting open data on land ownership in London  include those run by 'Who Own's England' and Private Eye.  

Colouring London is an open data platform and we can only accept data from unrestricted sources. Just use first-hand knowledge of the building wherever possible, or check your source is open and free for third party use.