VEPs (Virtual Environmental Planning)

Partners and Funding


The VEPs project is supported through the INTERREG IIIB North West Europe Programme, which provides support to transnational co-operation projects that seek to improve territorial development and cohesion in the North West Europe area. Additional support is being provided in the UK by the Department for Communities and Local Government (formerly the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) and the e-Planning Programme.

The project will run until March 2008 with a total project budget of €4.7 million of which European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is €2.3 million.


The project is a partnership lead by the Environment Agency for England and Wales (UK). Along with associated planning authorities, the partners are:

The Environment Agency for England and Wales

The Environment Agency has legal duties to protect the environment throughout England and Wales and so contribute to sustainable development. The Technology Group is the lead department for the project and is responsible for developing innovative technology to address environmental issues.

Environment Agency for England and Wales,
Science Group - Technology,
Lower Bristol Road,
Bath. BA2 9ES. UK
Tel: ++44 1225 487622 Fax: ++44 1225 469939
Contact: Andrew Richman

The University of West of the England, Faculty of Built Environment

UWE is one of the largest centres in Europe for teaching and research in the built and natural environments. Staff from different disciplines and professions work together to develop an understanding of how different natural and human forces combine to shape the environments around us.

University of West of England
Faculty of the Built Environment, Q Block,
Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane,
Bristol, BS16 1QY. UK
Tel: ++44 (0)117 328 3929
Contact: John Counsell

The Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB)

CSTB offer four area of expertise: research; advanced engineering; evaluation of technical quality; and the dissemination of knowledge in its search to improve the wellbeing and safety of buildings. The combination of skills in these four fields makes it possible for CSTB to adopt a global solution for building which includes the urban environment, communication and information services, and new technologies.

CSTB - Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment
4 Avenue du Recteur Poincaré,
F-75782, Paris. France
Tel: 0033 4 93 95 6723
Fax:0033 4 93 95 67 33
Contact: Guillaume Pincinbono

The University of Salford, Research Centre for the Built & Human Environment (BuHu)

The University of Salford, Research Centre for the Built & Human Environment is the only built environment research institute to achieve a six-star rating status. BuHu research is driven by its vision to deliver a built environment that is manageable, sustainable, accessible, maintainable, environmentally friendly, comfortable to live in and economically viable.

University of Salford,
Research Centre of the Built & Human Environment,
The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WT. UK
Tel: 0161 295 5366
Fax: 0161 295 5011
Contact: Andy Hamilton


The Manchester Digital Devlopment Agency (MDDA)

MDDA provides free and impartial ICT advice, support and guidance to small businesses, community groups, academic institutions and government agencies in the Greater Manchester area. MDDA works across a wide range of projects with a large number of different partners.

Lower Ground Floor, 117-119 Portland Street,
Manchester, M1 6ED. UK
Tel: ++44 0161 255 8111
Fax: ++44 0161 255 8102
Contact: Alan Holding

Clementine Media Ltd

Clementine Media Ltd is a multimedia company who specialises in interactive virtual reality (VR) and website design and solutions. At the heart of our success are the years of experience in producing exciting and informative VR using CleVR (Clementine Virtual Reality) our own unique software technology.

Clementine Media Ltd
39 Edward Road South,
Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 7JA. UK
Tel: 01275 544 574
Mob: 07866 628 246
Contact: James Bromley

Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences

Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences conducts research in the fields of building physics, building technology, geoinformatics and techno-mathematics. The university is renowned for its applied research & development in building acoustics, heat insulation, thermal building physics and the use of solar energy.

Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences,
Schellingstrasse, 24,
70174, Stuttgart. Germany
Tel: +49 (0)711 8926 2708
Fax: +49 (0)711 8926 2556
Contact: Volker Coors


The University of Freiburg Department of Remote Sensing and Landscape Information Systems (Felis)

Felis carries out research into the feasibility and application of remote sensing techniques in forestry and other relevant disciplines (e.g. landscape planning, vegetation mapping).

University of Freiburg,
Abt. FELIS, Tennenbacher Strasse 4,
79106, Freiburg. Germany
Tel: 00 49 761 203 3694 / 3701 / 3696
Fax: 00 49 761 203 3701
Contact: Holger Weinacker

Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart

Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, Stadtmessungsamt Stuttgart,
Abteilung Geoinformation, Lautenschlagerstr.  22
70173, Stuttgart, Germany
Tel: 00 49 (0)711 216 4524 Fax: 00 49 (0)711 216 6642
Contact: Hans-Ulrich Mohl

Groundwork UK

Groundwork is an environmental regeneration charity.  Groundwork work alongside communities, public bodies, private companies and other voluntary sector organisations to help improve the quality of people’s lives, their prospects and potential and the places where they live, work and play.

Groundwork SE Regional Team
18-21 Morley Street
London, SE1 7QZ, UK
Tel: 44 (0)20 7922 1230
Fax: 44 (0)20 7922 1219
Contact: Paul Hodgson

University of Tours

Ecole Polytechnique de l'Université de Tours,
Département Génie de l'Aménagement,
35 alleé Ferdinand de Lessops
BP 30553, 37205 TOURS CEDEX 3, France
Tel: 33 024 736 1472
Fax: 33 068 5944769
Contact: Sebastien Larribe