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We're currently looking for a Land Use dataset for part of England (UK) and were wondering what datasets are out there, either free or commercial.

One's we've found so far:

Important: We're not looking to generate this data ourselves, We're only interested in nicely pre-packaged datasets.

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(Don't think there is a one source solution for this question)

Natural England has a huge source of Land Use across England.

Land Use Categories:

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (England)
Biosphere Reserves (England)
Limestone Pavement Orders (England)
Local Nature Reserves (England)
Marine Conservation Zones (England)
National Nature Reserves (England)
National Parks (England)
Ramsar (England)
Sites of Special Scientific Interest (England)
Special Areas of Conservation (England)
Special Protection Areas (England)

Free for Personal and non-commercial use http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/publications/data/default.aspx

At cost http://www.landregistry.gov.uk/commercial/geo-info-and-planning/electronic-extent-data-polygons - bulk orders over 20,000 polygons

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Depending on what distinction you make between land cover and land use, the Land Cover Map 2007 may be of interest to you. Released in 2011 it is, as far as I'm aware, the most up to date land cover dataset for the UK as a whole. There are several different versions: a 1km raster, a 25m raster and a vector dataset. The 1km raster uses a simplified ten-fold classification scheme and is free for commercial use; the other two use 23 land cover classes and are only free for academic purposes.

There are a number of older datasets in the same vein which may be useful if you're interested in changing land cover over time: LCM2000 and LCMGB1990.

One downside of these datasets is their lack of detail in agricultural areas, which are simply classified as either "arable" or "improved grassland". If you need to distinguish between different agricultural land uses then, depending on your organisation, you may be able to access the Integrated Administrative and Control System (IACS) dataset. This is maintained by central government and, unfortunately, it's usually not available unless you're undertaking government research. On the off-chance that this applies to you, it's definitely worth investigating.

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Thanks. After looking at the distinction between the two, in this case I'm fairly sure its more Land Use that I'm interested in that Land Cover. –  GIS-Jonathan Nov 20 '12 at 11:38
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It might not be what you're after but the OS Strategi dataset contains land use data.

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Also Meridian - ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/products/meridian2/index.html - We've investigated them, but I don't really consider those "land use" datasets, hence not on my list. Thanks though. –  GIS-Jonathan Nov 20 '12 at 16:22
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